Half of the fun of renovating or rehabbing your space is using the latest trends. Incorporating fun, stylish and sometimes bold interiors are what give a space personality and comfort. Whether you find your trend on Pinterest, Instagram or in a magazine, the latest and greatest seem to be plastered everywhere. Scroll through your favorites sites and the list of colors, patterns, finishes and features are endless. And they have skyrocketed in popularity in the last handful of years. As a result, everyone wants a little trend in their life.
But herein lies the problem. Not all trends have what it takes to make it into the Trend Hall of Fame. A few of the latest trends that have created some hype and buzz are about to crash. Because of the fast fall out for some of these gems, you may be remodeling more than you think. Maybe that’s not a deterrent for some, but for most it may mean curbing the hype for seasoned and lasting trends.
Here are some of the trends that are expected to crash fast. And if you are planning to sell in the next few years, maybe you want to avoid these.
Gray on Gray on Gray on Gray……
We can all agree that there is something soothing about a gray interior. And there is no denying that gray on gray has been HOT for a few years now. The options are endless when it comes to gray decor choices. Ranging from wallpaper, paint choices, fabric, pillows, sequins, lighting fixtures…the list goes on! But Debbie Koch, regional design studio manager for Residential Design Services, doesn’t think it will last.
“It seems we are nearing the end of this trend. And we’re seeing more warm undertones for interiors,” she explains. Certainly everyone loves gray, but warmer colors for walls and floors are coming back into style. Gray accents are still trending and will never leave the Trend Hall of Fame. So keep the gray furniture, pillows, throws, and wall art, but leave the walls and flooring something a little less pallid.
We personally love this trend. Walking into a room with a patterned floor creates a great space full of bold personality. But we are seeing buyers cringe when walking into a space that is “too much” of someone else. Hence, the boldness has become annoying to the market masses. Staying in your home forever? Pattern those floors! But unless you plan to replace your flooring when it comes time to sell, this may be one trend you want to skip.
Try opting for a patterned rug that’s easily removable and can travel with you. Or, keep the patterned area to a smaller space like a powder room or the laundry.
Man-Made Outdoor Elements……
There is no doubt that eco-friendly is on the rise and, hopefully, is here to stay. For some homeowners and landlords, never having to worry about lawn maintenance or fencing sounds divine. We can’t blame them. With the promise of enviro-friendly and low-maintenance living, some interesting trends have entered the marketplace. Cue the artificial grass and vinyl or composite fencing. But according to Kobi Karp, principal of Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design, warns against this. If you are thinking about the long haul, you may want to address a few realistic issues with these materials.
“These types of materials are generally not sustainable or resilient and are not made to last. They will have to be replaced, and they don’t appeal to everyone,” he says. Rather than opt for potentially costly faux material, try working with what is available to you. “A good alternative is using natural grass, stones and light wood to augment the natural environment and create a beautiful, green oasis surrounding your home.” says Kobi. Using natural substances is the ultimate green movement and the most cost effective over a longer period of time.
Textured or Faux Wall Finishes:
Before we go down this rabbit hole, how many people remember the sponge walls? Go ahead, raise your hands. And here we go…
Textured and faux walls finishes have been the highlight of trend sphere in recent years. They are simple, usually cheap, and leave a lasting impression. Best of all, the are usually all DIY. But Sacha Ferrandi, founder and principal of Texas Hard Money and Source Capital Funding, says you should think twice. Don’t take the plunge into highly textured surfaces just yet.
“While they can make a home look modern or glamorous, it is important to remember that what is considered modern and glamorous now may quickly become outdate in the future.” Cough cough…sponge walls. Certainly, putting them up is easy, cheap and fun. But taking them down or covering them up may be another story all together.
While we love trends and want to see everyone express creativity, when it comes to real estate, it may not be the best option. Trends can make or break the sale of a home. Close your eyes and imagine for a moment walking into a home with shag carpet. Probably doesn’t have the same appeal it did when it debuted. Same with geo patterned floors, giant flowers on the walls, astroturf on the lanai and a kitchen entirely dedicated to gray. If you are in your forever home, go crazy! But if you will likely sell your home in the near future, call an expert to help you make your home appealing to as many buyers as possible. It just so happens we have one on staff! Happy creating!