Trending interior design devalues properties and deter buyers

Sunday 12th May 2024 |

As interior design trends evolve, new data by Pinterest Trends reveals a staggering surge in searches for ‘eclectic maximalism’, with a 60% month on month and 600% year on year increase. As more and more people experiment with their trending interior design choices, property experts warn against its adoption, citing potential negative impacts on property value and marketability. 

Eclectic maximalism, characterised by its bold colour schemes, mixed pattern and diverse decor elements, may not align with the tastes of the broader property market, says Terry Fisher, property expert at We Buy Any Home

He said, “While embracing unique design styles can be exciting, it’s crucial to consider the long-term implications, especially when it comes to property valuation and market appeal. 

“Potential buyers often seek homes with neutral, universally appealing interiors that allow them to envision their own style. Eclectic maximalism, on the other hand, can overwhelm and polarise prospective buyers, making it harder to sell a property.” 

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Moreover, the risk of devaluation is a significant concern for homeowners who invest substantial time and resources in interior design. He continued “While personal expression is important, homeowners must strike a balance between their individual tastes and the broader market demands if they’re looking to sell over the next couple of years. Overly niche design choices can limit a property’s appeal and ultimately, its resale value.

“In the property market, we’ve seen more and more people embrace maximalist interiors, but when it comes to selling a property, we’d urge homeowners to approach interior design trends with caution. While everyone has their own tastes and opinions, the best approach is to imagine a very ‘normal’ family living in your house and working out what they would and wouldn’t want. 

Tips for decorating your home to increase marketability 

  1. Neutral colour palette

Opt for neutral paint colours and decor accents to create a clean, inviting space that appeals to a broad audience.

  1. Declutter and depersonalise

Remove personal items and excess clutter to allow buyers to envision themselves living in the space. Minimalist decor enhances the perception of space and cleanliness.

  1. Highlight key features

Showcase the unique features of your home, such as architectural details or scenic views, with strategic lighting and minimal decor distractions.

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  1. Focus on quality over quantity 

Invest in high-quality furnishings and decor pieces that enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of your home. Quality craftsmanship speaks volumes to potential buyers.

  1. Enhance curb appeal 

Make a strong first impression by maintaining a well-manicured lawn, refreshing exterior paint, and adding inviting touches like potted plants or a welcoming front door. For those looking to sell houses quickly, we’d always recommend a classic black, soft blue or neutral grey front door, to give a positive first impression on potential buyers. 

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