From metro tiles and dark blue walls, homeowners everywhere have fallen in love with interior design trends that are bold, graphic, and social media friendly.
But a new report of potential house buyers shows these popular trends can be serious turn-offs when it comes to purchasing a new home.
More than 1,000 British homeowners were surveyed by trades website Rated People for their annual Home Improvement Trends report and results reveal the features most likely to put off prospective buyers when it comes time to sell.
Perhaps surprisingly, rooms painted dark blue or dark grey walls were named the least attractive interiors features, despite being championed by celebrities and social media stars alike.
Next on the list was bathrooms without a bath, followed by dark blue kitchen units and white bathrooms with contrasting black fixtures.
Speaking to FEMAIL, interior design guru Jen Stanbrook, of Love Chic Living, explained that the latter issue is one that is easily fixed.
As black fittings aren’t to everyone’s tastes, you can pick up a second-hand chrome tap for next to nothing – they’re easier to replace than you think and can be swapped over in a few minutes,’ she said. If you’d prefer not to play around with plumbing, think about getting a plumber in to quote.’
Painted floorboards came in sixth place, with 35 per cent of people surveyed admitting it would put them off purchasing a flat.
‘ If you have painted floorboards and can’t afford to replace them with a new floor, then rugs are going to be your best friend,’ Jen explained. ‘Choose a good quality neutral rug, but look in charity shops or through second-hand marketplaces for some great priced pieces.’
Dark grey window frames and dark grey kitchen units also appeared on the list, with buyers fearful that they make homes look too dark.
And while original sash windows might add charm and character to a property, they do not impress potential buyers.
Adrienne Minster, CEO of Rated People commented: ‘We know from the many completed projects in our community that dark and bold colours can look great, whether they’re used on walls, ceilings, kitchen cupboards or window frames.
‘But when it comes to selling, it’s a good idea to stay up to date with the features that buyers are looking for because the trends that were adding value just two to three years ago might now be devaluing properties.’