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Revealed: The Interior upgrades homeowners regret

January 2021 recently analysed responses from 2,489 UK residents on the interior design trends to discover the top décor disasters owners have incorporated into their homes.

Data from Google shows that approximately 13,400 Brits Googled ‘Industrial Interior Design’ in 2020.  However, many who opted to incorporate this style into their homes last year now regret it.  In fact, 61% of respondents said they went overboard with this design trend and are now regretting their decision.

A bad decision when it comes to the look of your home is not only an inconvenience, but it can also affect the value of your property. A spokesperson from HomeHow explains why an ‘industrial overdo’ can cost you thousands of pounds!

“If your home looks more like an industrial warehouse or an abandoned building, you could end up losing money on your property by as much as 5%-10% off the asking price, as potential buyers will want to redo your home aesthetics.

Industrial overdo is a no, and a trend that’s slowly fading away. Industrial ascents here and there are acceptable but try not to go overboard with it.”

In second place we have ‘vessel sinks’ with 58% of Brits saying they regret buying them. While some believe vessel sinks to be an outdated feature, figures from Google show there were approximately 4,220 online searches to buy one in 2020. But why are vessel sinks not an ideal purchase?

HomeHow explains: “Vessel sinks have outstayed their welcome in any bathroom. Not only are they awkward to use, but they can also potentially knock down the price of your home if the buyers want an updated bathroom.  Having an outdated or badly decorated bathroom can potentially lead to a £20,000 decrease in property value.”

‘Open shelving’ is the third most regretted interior design style, with 52% saying they wish they had stayed away from this trend, which was rather popular in 2020 with over 11,660 Brits Googling it.

“Open shelving can look great when it’s first put up and everything looks neat and tidy on the shelves. But, inevitably over time, open shelving can look cluttered and untidy, and many buyers will notice this as they view your home. Open shelving doesn’t fit in with real, domestic life, so opt for covered storage.“

In fourth place we have ‘shabby chic furniture’, which has been searched a whopping 84,200 times by Brits! This romantic and feminine style is loved by many but has been regretted by some with 41% of respondents saying they now wish they went for a different design.

“This fad now looks exhausted and can make the décor of your home look shabby more than chic. If the décor of your home looks outdated, you could potentially put buyers off or even have buyers ask for money off the asking price for as much as 5%.”

‘Floral furniture’ comes in fifth place, and whilst 860 searches were made for it by Brits in 2020, 39% of those who did choose to decorate their houses with it say they now regret it.

“Floral furniture is outdated, unless you’re living in a quaint cottage, it has no place in a modern, contemporary home. This can put potential buyers off, so it’s best to get rid or hide it when they come to view your home if you want to make a sale. “

Image credit: Shutterstock/ Waclaw_EPI

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