Staging Your Home to Sell? Here Are Some Interior Design Trends That You Should Avoid When Decorating

The very first lesson sellers should learn is that a buyer wants to picture themselves in the house, not you. They need to see a blank canvas, so that they can imagine their things in it. Most people do not possess the creativity of designers. They can’t look at a room and envision what it “could be,” they can only see what is. When you add personal touches to a home that you are staging, what you really are doing is setting yourself up for failure in terms of getting your house sold.

Now isn’t the time to dive into Elle Decor, and practice all of those DIY tricks you saw on HGTV. Now is the time to practice the “less is more” approach. Here are some design trends to steer clear of, when you stage your home for sale. red-room-ictcrop_gal

Bold Walls

People prefer the exterior and interior walls of a home to be neutral. Even though repainting is cheap and relatively easy to do, it’s still a pain and buyers might not want to bother. When decorating, your best bet is to stick to neutral shades for the walls and use small accessories to provide the color.


Wallpaper is a very personal choice to a homeowner. Replace the wallpaper with a neutral paint. When a buyer sees wallpaper, their immediate thought is the nuisance it will be to remove it. It is a very time-consuming process if it is DIY, and expensive if they hire a professional. Your best-bet is to remove it.

Lighting Fixtures

While potential buyers want rooms that seem open, don’t purchase and install an ultra-modern, or gaudy centerpiece chandelier fixture. On the other hand, don’t buy extremely cheap fixtures, if you have the ability to spend a little more. It will make a difference. You don’t want a cheap, fake-brass flush mount in a half a million dollar home. Choose according to the value and general aesthetics of the house.

Outdated Fixtures

Switch out dated faucet and door handles, and replace them with metals such as brushed nickel. They are relatively inexpensive and can help make your home appear chic rather than dated.

Converted Garages

People often use their garage as storage space. If you have been using your garage in a home office for ten years, that’s fine. But when you are looking to sell your home, the rooms should be arranged to their actual purposes. Convert the garage back to the garage.

Converted Rooms

Like with the garage, people want rooms built for their original purpose. If you’ve converted an unused bedroom to an office, walk-in closet, or an arcade room, make sure you can easily convert it back to a bedroom when you’re ready to sell.


It’s a known fact that buyers prefer hardwood floors. Aside from the fact that most people do not want carpet these days in general, people also assume carpets trap dirt, germs and odors, and they don’t want to go through the hassle of steam cleaning their home before they can move in. If you have hardwood floors underneath the carpet, pull it up and throw it away because the chances are the potential buyers won’t want it. If they do, they can add it themselves.

Flashy Landscaping

Potential buyers may be hesitant to buy a home with an overly landscaped property requiring a lot of maintenance. Instead, create and maintain a simple landscape design that is inexpensive and easy to maintain.

The 5 Biggest Turn-Offs to Homebuyers – RealtyTimes

What’s The Difference in Staging vs. Decorating When Selling a House? – Houzz

Living Room and Dining Room Decorating Ideas – HGTV

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  • I can tell you that buyers definitely prefer hardwood floors, if you have them underneath the carpet. One of the prospective buyers we had come to the house never came back because of the carpets. Our realtor (who we will never use again), “forgot” to mention that we had wood floors underneath. Even if you tell a buyer that there are wood floors underneath, they can’t see them. When they can’t see them, they don’t know the condition, or what kind of wood. When we lifted the carpet, we sold the home two weeks later. Barely anybody wants carpet anymore on the first floor of a home. Generally, they are more forgiving and willing to accept carpet upstairs. It’s actually somewhat popular to have it upstairs. But..carpet downstairs is a no-no.

  • Ew..carpet anywhere is a “no-no.” I don’t understand why people still have it. Anyone and everyone I know that has moved into a house with carpet has ripped it out immediately. It’s just about the first thing any homebuyer does. Even when I rented, I asked the landlord if I could take the carpet out. Since there was hardwood under it, she said yes.

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