Modern pendant lighting in kitchen to enhance home appeal and resale value.

When it comes to selling a home, it’s crucial to present it in a way that appeals to a broad range of potential buyers. Although personal preferences and social media trends can play a role in home decor, it’s important to remember that what’s fashionable today might not be as popular tomorrow. If you’re working with sellers, our expert stagers, Joyce and Linda, here at Kopa Real Estate, recommend focusing on timeless design choices that can significantly boost the resale value of their property.

Key Points to Consider
  • Avoid Personal Decor: While you might be fond of pastel-colored sofas or scalloped furniture, these styles can turn off buyers. Recommend storing such items during showings.
  • Stick to Classic Design: Opt for neutral color palettes, minimal clutter, and simple furniture to appeal to a wider audience.
  • Highlight Space, Not Personal Possessions: Buyers want to see a space’s potential, not the personal style of the current owners.
Decor Trends to Rethink

Co-founder of Agent Advice, Chris Heller, has identified several decor trends that could hurt a home’s resale value. Here’s a list of styles that might need reconsideration:

  1. Pastel Colors: Barbie pink, light blue and lilac might be on-trend for some, but most buyers prefer neutral tones. We encourage sellers to repaint pastel walls in more subdued colors or replace colorful furniture with classic pieces.
  2. Scalloped Furniture: Scalloped edges and other doll-like aesthetics have gained popularity, but they’re only for some. Suggest removing scalloped furniture, rugs, or curtains before showing the home.
  3. Antique Farmhouse Decor: The rustic charm of antique farmhouse decor has given way to a more modern American farmhouse look. Sellers might consider toning down excessive antique elements to appeal to contemporary tastes.
  4. Upcycled Furniture: Upcycling and re-purposing vintage pieces were once in vogue, but these eclectic styles can alienate buyers. Encourage sellers to replace upcycled furniture with more straightforward options.
  5. Industrial Elements: Exposed brick and high ceilings can give a home character, but the industrial look can be too stark for some. Sellers should consider softening industrial spaces with warm, neutral tones and comfortable furnishings.

The list of design trends to avoid includes Scandinavian decor, botanical wallpaper, vintage decor, gold cabinet hardware, and geometric wallpaper.

What’s In Demand?

Heller’s team used Google data to identify trends that attract buyers, such as:

  • Accent Walls: A well-placed accent wall can make a room feel more extensive or welcoming.
  • Pendant Lighting: Oversized fixtures are replacing smaller, outdated ones.
  • Minimalist Elements: Monochromatic color palettes, natural light, and open floor plans remain popular.

Simplicity is key. Heller advises opting for warmer neutral tones, ample natural light, and minimal clutter. The goal is to create an inviting space without feeling cold or impersonal.

Why It Matters

Spring is a prime time for home sales, and with inventory still tight, sellers need to make the most of every opportunity. According to Heller, “Many buyers are willing to pay more for an aesthetically pleasing property, as it requires less immediate renovation or redecoration.” He adds, “Staging your home in a way that feels inviting and comfortable helps buyers visualize living there, whether viewing in person or online.”

By focusing on timeless design elements, you can improve your chances of attracting more offers and closing deals faster.


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