People Already Regret Following These Home Trends

When you start seeing something new and trendy all over social media, it can be extremely difficult to resist the urge to follow along. If the trend is just a new haircut or article of clothing, then there's not much more than your pride on the line; however, when it comes to your home, going all-in on trendy design elements can make it harder to sell, especially if the change is difficult or expensive to reverse. In order to get a feel for the current trends that are already starting to age poorly, Apartment Therapy sifted through the 2,400 responses to a question posed on Reddit's popular r/HomeImprovement subreddit: "What is a current trend in homes that people will regret in 20+ years?" Although the time period might seem a bit long, the answers revealed common trends that are already starting to wear out their welcome.

Before we get into the trends, keep in mind that you're allowed to like what you like! Rather than saying these designs are bad, this list is simply a rough outline of items that you might want to avoid if you plan on selling soon. If you don't plan on selling, then it doesn't really matter what anyone else thinks!

Pallet Wood Walls

You might think that your rustic-chic wall covered in pallet wood looks amazing, but many people feel the look is already a dated one. In fact, one user described it in a way that should send shivers down your spine, saying "It will be the equivalent of wood paneling of the 70s."

Barn Doors

Similar to pallet wood, barn doors are another rustic-looking design element that seems to draw the ire of internet users.

Floating Shelves

Reddit-goers seem united in their dislike of any open shelving in the kitchen, and they have some pretty good reasons why. First, these cabinet replacements offer nowhere to hide clutter and mismatched dining sets. Second, the open enclosure means that dust will settle onto everything, requiring a re-cleaning before any use.

Generic Word Art

Many people are sick of seeing cliché phrases such as "Live. Love. Laugh." or even simple words such as "Family" used as decorative pieces, especially when they are written on scrap wood (there's the rustic theme again). Frankly, it's not hard to argue that these pieces lose their impact once you've seen them literally hundreds of times and in 90% of people's homes. If you love word art, then at least find something a bit more unique!

White on White

Finally, several responses pointed out the blandness of an all-white color scheme, particularly in the kitchen. Even more people seemed perturbed by the trend of painting over natural wood cabinets with white paint to make them fit this design. Remember, warming up a space with some color is not a bad thing!

These are just a few of the current trends that were commonly cited as aging poorly in Apartment Therapy's article. You can click here to see the rest of the list (yes, there is a section on open-concept haters) or to find the original Reddit post.