Homebuyers Love to Hate These Decorating Trends

Homebuyers love seeing updated, move-in-ready homes. But some décor trends actually could turn off potential buyers.

Even though some décor trends were once super popular, quite a few—especially some of the ones that used to be the hottest on Pinterest or Instagram—are no longer on buyers’ list of favorites.

So if you’re selling your home, avoid these décor trends, and if you’ve already done any of them in your home, be sure to make changes before you put your house on the market so it appeals to the biggest pool of potential buyers.

Here are some of the biggest design trends that buyers don’t like anymore, and what you can do instead.

Accent Walls

Accent walls can indeed work wonders in creating a focal point or stand-out feature in a neutral-colored room. But because most buyers prefer a completely neutral palette, some colors can be a turn off for buyers, and that includes bold accent walls.

What to Do Instead:

Re-paint your bold accent walls with a more buyer-friendly color. In general, colors in the gray, white, or beige tones will appeal to most buyers, but there is a new trend toward more vibrant colors that are the new neutrals. Earth-toned hues, like champagne, mushroom, ochre, amber, and jade, are new colors that people are loving now.

With all these color options, it’s best to find a professional home stager to give you a color consultation. A stager can not only recommend colors that will work well with your home’s lighting and flooring but also make sure your colors are on-trend with what buyers love right now.

Tile Countertops

Tile countertops were totally groovy and cool in the ’70s and ’80s, but these days, buyers aren’t into them. Tiles require lots of maintenance to keep the grout clean, and the porous surfaces require sealant every year. Today’s buyers want low-maintenance finishes, so when they see tile, besides feeling like the space is dated, they’ll also think about all the work it will take to do upkeep.

What to Do Instead:

If you’ve got tile countertops, consider replacing them with a more timeless material like butcher block or quartz. Not only are these two materials affordable, but they also have mass appeal because the look and feel complement most décor.


Wallpaper is definitely having a moment, as its popularity is on the rise. In 2019, online searches for “bold print wallpaper” increased by 401%. But the problem with wallpaper is that it can be pretty taste-specific, especially if you select a bold pattern. Buyers see bold wallpaper as busy, visual clutter that they’ll have to spend time and money to remove.

What to Do Instead:

If you’re thinking about putting up wallpaper for your own enjoyment, you can totally do it. But when the time comes to sell your house, you should be prepared either to change it to a subtle pattern or to remove it and paint the walls with a neutral color. Removing distractions like bold wallpaper can go a long way toward helping buyers visualize your home as their own.

Bold Bathrooms

A bold bathroom could be the perfect spot in your house to add your personal style. But if your bathroom is too bold, it could make buyers think your house isn’t appealing. You’ve probably heard the saying that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, so it’s important to make sure your bathrooms are pleasing to the average buyer’s eye.

What to Do Instead:

If you need to tone down a bold bathroom, give it a spa-like feel to draw your buyers in and make them feel relaxed. Think about the colors and textures you typically see at a luxury spa: white and clean décor, which makes the space feel spacious, with bamboo accents and fluffy, white towels.

TV Show & Social Media Favorites

Some of the biggest television show makeover trends are totally played out with homebuyers, including 2019 blockbuster paint colors like rose gold and millennial pink. And the farmhouse style is over too.

It’s super cute on television, but buyers aren’t feeling it anymore. The farmhouse décor trend became so popular that it lost its novelty, so now buyers are looking for a style that’s more eclectic and less whitewashed.

And another TV favorite that today’s buyers don’t love may surprise you: open floor plans! Millennials make up the largest demographic of homebuyers today, and in large part, they value privacy. So for them, an open floorplan might not be ideal, and many millennial buyers are putting up walls where previous owners took them down.

What to Do Instead:

This is where a great home stager comes in because figuring out which tv trends will appeal to your potential buyers isn’t easy. A stager knows your local market and can tell you exactly what works and what doesn’t for people looking to buy in your area.


Trends come and go, so if you’re decorating your home for your own enjoyment, don’t worry so much about the trends. Focus on creating a comfortable, functional home that you love. Just keep in mind that when it’s time to sell, buyers’ taste could be different from yours, so it’s best to get a professional home staging consultation to take the guesswork out of the process so you can get your home market-ready as quickly as possible.

Home stagers keep their fingers on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not in the buyer’s market, so they’re your best ally in preparing your home to sell for more money in less time than it would take if you go it alone.

To get expert home staging in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, contact us today at Main Stage Home Staging & Organizing, 240-324-8280, or info@mainstagehome.com.


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Hindsight Is 2020! 10 Design Trends to Ditch in the Coming Year—and How to Decorate Instead, https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/design-trends-to-ditch-in-2020-and-what-to-do-instead/