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Are These 7 Outdated Styles Lowering Your Home's Value?

Updated: Jun 6

July 31, 2023

By Summer Rosenbalm - Chilton Staging + Design

When sellers begin the process of listing their home for sale, they often take a different look at their home and consider their design choices for the market. And oftentimes, they'll contact us and ask, "Do you think my *insert room/piece of furniture* is outdated?"

Read our Top 7 Outdated Styles that can lower your home's value. Some of these may sting a little!

#1 - Matching Furniture Sets

I know - it's so easy to buy furniture in a set. It matches, it comes with the basics, and is oftentimes economical. But they also look economical. If you're trying to increase your home's perceived value, increase your furniture's perceived value. You don't have to spend more money (I love a good thrift store purchase) but I encourage you to consider purchasing your pieces separately and intentionally. Pull in different colors and textures that create interest. Decorating your home can be fun and I love seeing creativity come across through home design!

#2 - Orange Oak

We see this all of time. If the '90s gave us anything that stuck, it's the orange oak throughout the home. It's in the cabinets, stair railings, fireplaces, and shelving. For most homes, it's time to let it go. Consider painting the oak for a more modern look. Luckily, this is one of the most cost-effective things you can do that will make a huge difference. Just do it, you'll thank me later.

#3 - Brown and Bronze Kitchens

Whooo.. this trend hit us all hard about 15 years ago. I mean, raise your hand if your kitchen looked like the inside of an Olive Garden. We all did it, no shame here. But the trend today for kitchens is a lighter/brighter look. We recommend lighter cabinets, but still incorporating darker elements through copper cookware and accessories. Painting your cabinets is a cost-effective way to bring your kitchen into this decade.

#4 - Overused Phrases

We all live, laugh, and love. Consider artwork and accessories that are more unique and less, well... overused. Again, intentionality adds so much to your home. Make each piece add something to the space.

#5 - Shiny Gold/Brass Hardware

I'm talking about the hardware that typically see from the '80s and 90's. The super shiny, gold cabinet pulls and light fixtures. Consider replacing them with black or brushed gold/champagne. This is another low-cost change that will make a big impact.

#6 - Lace/Sheer Drapes

The lacey drapes have had their moment. Plus, lace tends to capture dust and can be difficult to clean. The last thing you want in your home are dingy curtains! We suggest opting for linen or polyester. Tip: Hang your curtains as close to the ceiling as possible and as close to the floor as possible. This will elongate the window and create the illusion of a taller wall.

#7 - Wall Decals

Wall decals were all the rage several years ago. And they were so easy! You could just peel and stick them to the wall. Unfortunately, the decal designs are now outdated. We suggest removing the decals and replacing them with a fresh coat of paint or one (modern!) wallpaper design for the entire wall.

Chilton Staging + Design is here to help you receive higher real estate offers in East Texas. Click here to get a free staging quote and sell your listing for top dollar!

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