Some interior design trends come into existence for only a fleeting moment before disappearing into the style graveyard, while others stick like glue, adapting and transforming in style as time goes on. But which of these apparently stylish trends could actually be having a negative impact on your property value?
We spoke to a whole host of interior designers and property experts to find out which contemporary interior design trends may actually be devaluing your property.
"I think any trend that could be marmite for some people and expensive to change can put people off as it's so expensive to buy a house these days," says Stacey Sibley, creative director of Alexander James Interiors. "If you then have to spend a lot changing it all, it could potentially lose you a sale."
Take a look at these 10 supposedly that may affect the price of your home.
1. Bright colour schemes
"Garish colors are an instant turn-off. Keeping colors and design fairly neutral when selling your home can make it a more attractive option for buyers. Likewise, , brash, bright and shiny paving will also put buyers off. Ultimately, when selling your home, it's important to be honest with yourself – if your taste wouldn't have mass appeal, it is worth investing in expert help to present your house in the best possible light. Paying an interior designer or home stager could be worth it in the long run." - Richard Barber, director of JLL
"Colored kitchen units with gold handles is a trend which is very marmite and expensive to change, which can put off potential buyers – choose those color palettes with caution." - Stacey Sibley, creative director of Alexander James
2. Large, sleek kitchen units
"I think giving your kitchen strong, sleek and stylish units is fashionable, however, it may not be a great idea if you are planning on putting your property on the market any time soon. Because they cover a sizable area of your kitchen, your kitchen cupboards have great influence over how your kitchen looks and feels." - Vanessa Arbuthnott, interior designer
3. Black or grey decor
"While material and cabinet door styles are all important issues to think about, the color is often what pops out when one enters the kitchen. If you are going for a super luxurious look, , but you may be decreasing the value of your house. Most people like their kitchen cupboards in a soft neutral color." - Vanessa Arbuthnott, interior designer
"It's very fashionable to have dark black/grey painted skirting and doors with brightly colored or patterned wallpaper. This could be very off-putting. , painting over dark colored paint is a nightmare and stripping a whole room of wallpaper can be costly if you don't do it yourself." - Stacey Sibley, Alexander James
"Grey doesn't photograph well, so in this age of people judging solely on online images whether to view the property, a house tastefully done in grey throughout looks gloomy rather than stylish and puts potential viewers off." - Rachel Johnston, Stacks Property Search
4. All white
"The is never likely to go out of fashion, but it will always be a big commitment in terms of upkeep. Nothing catches the eye more than when something is out of place. If you want to keep things simple, introduce color accents through accessories, greenery and wallpaper to add depth and texture." - Jayson Branch, Castrads.
5. High-tech features
"Some developers focus too heavily on , installing the latest systems such as advanced lighting controls and complicated sound systems. This can reduce the value of a property as buyers often feel that they are paying for a system that they will never use and actually prefer good old fashioned switches and dimmers or simpler technology." - Caspar Harvard-Walls, partner at Black Brick
6. Shower rooms
"Niche developers who are building one property at a time, tend to leave little space for wet room facilities. They put in designer shower rooms which actually reduces their target market. Many buyers want the flexibility of having a bath or a shower. In fact, I have one client that has made having a bath in the part of her search. I have previewed numerous refurbished apartments in Holland Park which are perfect bar the shower room. You could think, 'well surely you could add a bath' but many clients looking for the finished article, haven't got the desire, nor the time to do this." - Matthew Turner, CEO of Astute Property Search
7. Patterned floor tiles and carpets
" are very on-trend at the moment but again are costly to replace so don't go too wacky. Brightly colored and patterned carpets in hallways are also on-trend but are not everyone's cup of tea and expensive to replace." - Stacey Sibley, Alexander James
8. Copper overload
"With so many available for our homes, it's easy to go overboard. A little copper goes a long way so use sparingly to add a warm glow to a room, especially when contrasted with light natural materials like wood and stone. While not a trend to avoid completely, restraint here is key to achieve a sophisticated look." - Jayson Branch, Castrads
9. Recessed appliances (and poor layout design)
"Not long ago I valued a house in a great location. Originally 1,200 square feet, the couple had completed its refurbishment and added a 500-square-foot basement. Being on the rich list they were fabulously wealthy and had spared no expense so the result was good. However, it just didn't feel like the 1,700 square feet the owners were claiming it to be.
"In their minds they were sitting on a house worth up to $5,000,000, so when I measured the house at 1,470 square feet, they almost laughed me out of it. On it became clear – the owners had wanted the walls to be made flat and . So to allow the fitting of hidden recessed wall edge lighting, recessed televisions, downpipes and utilities, the walls were brought forward. By doing this they had in reality paid their architect to lose them a theoretical hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of resale value." - James Robinson, general manager at Lurot Brand
10. Quote art
"'Live, Laugh, Love' either framed or stenciled on to the wall will soon lose its . Instead, hang your favorite paintings or photographs which will evoke the same emotions and remind you to keep smiling in a far more personal way." - Jayson Branch, Castrads