Interior design trends to avoid when selling

Interior design trends to avoid when selling

What are the interior design trends that could knock value off a property? Sarah Beeny’s estate agency Tepilo investigates.

We're often informed of the latest interior design crazes and themes - in fact, we recently put together a roundup of 2017's top trends - but are there design features that could devalue a property?

A new study into the nation's interior design tastes has revealed the population's ten least favourite trends. Wood panelling is the design trend most likely to knock value off a property, according to Bathrooms.com's survey of 2,000 Brits.

Some 46% of those taking part said they wouldn't buy a property if it still had old fashioned wood panelling.

Avocado bathroom suites take number two spot on the list. The study calculates that an outdated avocado suite could knock almost £5,000 off a property's value.

Bathrooms estimates that approximately 1.2% of the population still have an avocado bathroom suite, equating to almost 325,000 across the country.

Almost three quarters of those surveyed said they think avocado bathrooms are ugly, while 71% said that if they bought a home with an avocado suite it would be the first thing they'd get rid of.

Other unpopular interior design trends unearthed by the survey include built-in bars, woodchip and artex ceilings.

The top ten is made up by heavily patterned carpet, textured wallpaper, crazy paving, brick fireplaces and built-in wardrobes over the bed.

If you're thinking about selling your home, it's certainly important to think about which of your property's features might be considered hot or not.

From this study, it's clear that many old fashioned or particularly outlandish interior design themes just don't cut the mustard with the modern Brit. Low key and minimalistic styling are much more likely to appeal to a wider audience of prospective property buyers.

When preparing your home for sale, replacing something outdated or universally unloved could help you to secure a buyer or could go some way towards you achieving your desired asking price.

Earlier this year we explained why green could be the top interior design colour in 2017 - as long as it's not avocado green!

The 10 interior design trends most likely to devalue your home:

1. Wood panelling

2. Avocado bathrooms

3. Built-in bars

4. Woodchip

5. Artex ceilings

6. Heavily patterned carpet

7. Textured wallpaper

8. Crazy paving

9. Brick fireplaces

10. Built in wardrobes over the bed