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As a homeowner, you are obviously excited about adding elements to your property or remodeling the house. While you may want to follow your heart when it comes to certain interior decor styles, you have to be mindful of not decreasing your property's worth. After all, interior design trends come and go and what may look appealing to you may not be liked by your future potential home buyers!

So here are 6 interior design trends you should avoid and tips to help you increase the value of your home if you've got your heart set on them!


Bright yellows and pinks may be your thing, but you can't be as sure about your future home buyer. The best shades to have on your walls when home staging are soft whites, beiges, and grays. This applies to the exterior of your house too. Furthermore, have a monochromatic theme and keep the colors consistent throughout the house.

Of course, you don't have to live with neutral colors until it's time for you to move on as you can change the colors on your walls easily. A better option is to have accent walls in each room-this way, you'll be able to have the colors you like and not bother about changing the wall paint when you intend to sell the house.

If you plan to use wallpaper, make sure the print isn't too loud or graphic. Also, avoid using bold patterns like chevron on walls, cabinet drawers, floors, etc. Limit bold prints to rugs, pillowcases, tablecloths, plastic hangers, and things that can be replaced effortlessly.


Metallic and shiny finishes on bathroom and kitchen fittings may lend an opulent look to your house, but too much of it can have a negative effect. You don't want a potential buyer to take a look around your house and think that all the fittings will need to be replaced! Stick to classic finishes like brushed nickel and you won't go wrong.

Additionally, refrain from decking up your house in metallic and mirrored furniture. Shiny furniture can up your home's glam quotient, but only if used sparingly. Do extend the rule to chandeliers, light fixtures, door handles, and cabinet knobs as well!


If you are planning to have dressers or bed frames painted to look like they are antique, or faux marble columns and a Tuscan paint finish in the living room, you'll have to get rid of the faux furnishings when you put your house up for sale. That's because the interior design trend is shifting toward authenticity and not everyone might prefer faux treatments in their home.

Don't let this put you off fake treatments-keep in mind that faux finishes on furniture and walls can be covered with a solid coat of paint. Using authentic, natural, and eco-chic materials will also help increase the value of your home later on.


Open-plan bathrooms are awkward in hotels, and the idea of having such a bathroom in the house may not go down well with a majority of people. While open showers are visually appealing and can make a bathroom appear bigger, a lot of people don't prefer the unprotected feel of an open-plan bathroom.

If you must have an open shower, be sure to keep the loo enclosed or hidden behind frosted glass. Also, don't plan your bathroom such that the loo is the first thing a person sees upon entering the bathroom or is visible from across the room when the door is open.


Open shelving is great when you don't have space for a cupboard or for displaying little knickknacks. However, using open shelving all around your house and putting all that you own on display can make a potential buyer rethink buying your house.

Open shelving in the house and especially in the kitchen and bathroom can lead to the items stored there accumulating dust and grime. What's more, potential buyers will think twice about purchasing your house if there isn't any place to stow away unattractive dishes and laundry and hygiene products!

Limit open shelving to certain parts of the house-think bedrooms and living rooms and be sure to have enough covered storage space.


You may think of converting your basement into an indoor gym or a spare bedroom into a man cave to be a smart move. While the conversions will serve their purpose, a potential buyer may consider them to be of little value.

Most people will want to use rooms built for intended purposes. If a buyer has to spend a whole lot of money to reconvert a space, he will most probably look elsewhere. Don't let this stop you from converting a room or space to serve a different purpose-just ensure that space can be reconverted with little to no effort when you're ready to sell!


Decking up your home and remodeling it sure is exciting. However, it is important to not get carried away when decking up your home or you could risk bringing the value of your home down in the future.

Stick to classic styles and keep away from trends like the ones mentioned here. Even if you have to adopt certain trends that you know aren't popular with the masses, you can use the tips stated above to make potential buyers fall in love with your home!