Most homeowners dream of having their perfect house, which is why so many homeowners spend money on furnishings, décor, and renovations. While there are plenty of home improvement projects that will boost your home’s value, there are also plenty of trends and projects that are too dated to repeat. Unfortunately, though, there are so many people who are still trying to revive trends that should otherwise be dead. If you really want your home to shine, then you need to stop doing the following five trends.
- Bland Walls
Paint colors can be tricky for many homeowners, but that doesn’t mean that it’s okay to just live with the boring whites and neutrals. Instead, break out of your shell and do something drastic to your walls. Use a brighter or darker color on one wall as an accent. If you want to truly do something different, you could use a stencil to paint a design on the accent wall or even use wallpaper for an accent wall. If you don’t want an accent wall, don’t worry about straying from the norm on the other walls in your house. Feel free to go drastic if you wish. After all, it’s just paint, and you can easily replace it if you don’t like it.
- Brass and Gold
Many, many, many, many years ago, brass and gold hardware and fixtures were considered normal. You would find them everywhere, from light fixtures to door handles and everything in between. However, the brass/gold look is no longer attractive. In fact, not only does it scream dated, but it also screams builder-grade, which is far too commonplace for your home. Instead, try replacing all these brass fixtures with something more modern, such as black, oil-rubbed bronze, or nickel. If you don’t want to spend the money on all new fixtures, you can also spray paint them a new color for a cheaper alternative.
This is a bit tricky. For some people, especially those with children, a bathtub is a necessity. If you only have one bathtub in your home, you can probably keep it. However, if you have multiple, especially those that are larger, standalone whirlpool tubs, you don’t need it (and chances are you probably don’t use it). Instead, when it comes to bathrooms today, most people are looking for larger vanities or larger showers instead of a bathtub. If you are planning a bathroom remodel (or thinking about one in the future), maybe you should ditch the tub altogether and expand the shower.
Tile on the floor, in the shower, and even as a backsplash is perfectly fine. Tile as a countertop is not. If you have tile countertops, whether in your bathroom or in your kitchen, it’s time to upgrade them to a solid surface or stone. Not only is the tile unattractive, but it’s also much harder to clean thanks to the grout, which means that you may not always have the cleanest surface to prep your food.
Having a mirror in your bathroom, bedroom, or even near a doorway is perfectly fine. However, mirrors become dated when they’re found in the wrong places or in high amounts. For example, many years ago, homeowners thought that adding mirrors to an entire wall would make the space look bigger. While it may be true, today it makes your home look dated. This is the same for mirrored furniture, such as a mirrored table or bed frame. It’s also the same for mirrored closet doors. If you have too many or too large mirrors in your home, or if anything other than a mirror has a mirror finish, it’s time to make some upgrades.