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3 Staging Trends That May Turn Off Buyers

Buyers’ tastes vary, so staging should have mass appeal. For that reason, the latest decorating trend may fascinate a small niche but turn off other potential buyers.

NEW YORK – Home staging can show off a home in its best light, and simple, updated decor can make a space feel warm and inviting. But there are a few popular trends in home design that stagers say you should avoid when prepping a home for sale:

Too many mixed metals

Mixed metals are a hot home trend, such as combining brushed nickel with matte black. It can add dimension and depth to your design. But don’t go overboard; some fixture finishes don’t look right with others.

“Brass nickel is out,” according to Janice Rosenberg, a real estate pro in Raleigh, N.C. “Getting rid of that helps update a home. Brushed nickel is fine, and oil rubbed bronze is typically fine.”

Designers suggest using two or three mixed metals at the most. Don’t have every fixture be something different. “Pick one that will be the dominant finish, then one or two additionally complementary colors of a cohesive look,” HomeLight notes.

Accent walls

Color pops are a hot trend, and the colors of 2020 are a lot bolder. But neutral palettes still reign in staging. Avoid adding color pops by painting a large wall a bright color for one accent wall. Keep the colors neutral and add pops of color instead through artwork, accessories, furnishings, etc.

Wallpaper is another popular trend at the moment but it “can add visual clutter,” Rosenberg says.

Cheap decorations

Stronger personalities are being expressed through current home designs. But the mantra in staging is still to stay neutral and try to appeal to the largest buyer pool. That doesn’t mean stripping a listing of all personality, though.

“Don’t just pick up generic, plastic or cheap decor,” Homes.com notes on its blog. “Have a fresh vase of flowers visible upon entering the home; even go the extra mile to make sure everything is sparkling clean and nicely placed.”

Stick with classic choices for home decor so the home appeals to a broad audience of buyers, but also don’t get rid of accents that are unique to showcase the personality of the home.

Source: “Foolish Fads: 9 Home Décor Trends to Avoid When Selling Your House,” HomeLight (Aug. 29, 2019) and “Trends for 2020: Dos and Don’ts of Staging Your Home for Future Buyers,” Homes.com (Dec. 26, 2019)

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