Avoid These Interior Design Trends if Your House is For Sale

Posted by Dwane Crews on Monday, May 21st, 2018 at 6:04pm.

Avoid These Interior Design Trends if Your House is For Sale

When it comes to selling your house, there’s a lot you have to prepare. The interior of your home has to look good but not deter potential buyers. When your house is on the market, your home's decorations are no longer for you. They’re for the buyer.

Basically, when your home is for sale it’s time to focus on what most buyers want. A pink nursery may not appeal to an older couple looking at your house. A cluttered kitchen may deter a home chef from making an offer. Old appliances in retro colors will make young, hip couples walk out your door before they’ve even seen it all.

If you’re looking to sell your house in the near future and want to get the most money, these are some interior design trends to avoid.


If your house has a plethora of wallpaper, you’ll definitely need to change this before your realtor puts a sale sign in your yard. Although we’ve seen a lot of really cool wallpaper trends lately, they don’t appeal to the masses. It’s hard for a potential homebuyer to imagine themselves in your house if they can’t look past your busy wallpaper.

Bright Paint Colors

Did you paint your “man cave” purple and gold for your favorite team? Is your bathroom all red? Did you do yellow paint in your kitchen? These bright colors are ones you’ll want to neutralize before your home is active. Opt for neutrals like beige, grey or even a soft white instead.

Too Much White

Now, we know we just said to go neutral but there’s also such a thing as too much white. According to Realtor.com, too much white can be off-putting or even uninviting. This is obviously something you want to avoid if you’re selling your house. If your kitchen is already all white, add some warmer shades to it as accent pieces. Make sure it looks nice and cozy.

Too Much Carpet

If your home has wall-to-wall carpet, you’ll need to change up a little of those floor coverings. According to Trulia, “most buyers see it as a downside” if there’s too much carpet — even it’s great quality carpet. Add some hardwood floors to a couple of rooms and you’ll be making potential buyers very happy.


These are just a few tips to make your interior design more inviting and appealing to homebuyers. Your Synergy Realty Network realtor will have more tips for you.

(If you’re almost ready to sell, also check out our list of small flaws that can deter potential buyers. These are some you could very easily overlook.)

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