YOUR home could be looking cheap and dated without you even realizing it.
According to interior designer Kristen McGowanthere are 10 trends you should definitely avoid.
Even if they once looked luxurious, they are no longer so, revealed the professional.
Gray color palette
The color palette of your home is one of the first things people notice. Therefore, avoiding outdated trends is a must if you want to make a good impression.
“If your home is still that cool shade of gray in terms of flooring, paint and furniture, then your home looks about 10 years old at this point,” Kristen explained.
Wall cladding made of wood
If you still have wood wall paneling in your home, that’s bad news, the interior designer said.
The dark color makes your home look very dated — but that doesn’t mean you have to rip everything out, she noted.
Instead, paint it a light color for a modern and easy DIY that looks a lot more stylish.
“They look bulky and actually make your home look darker,” Kristen explained.
She suggested removing them and using a roller blind or roman blind instead to make your space appear larger and brighter.
toilet seat covers
They may have been ubiquitous in the past, but these days, toilet seat covers, no matter the design or material, are an absolute no-go.
“When you have a toilet seat cover, it immediately becomes your home.
“You can just remove that right away and instantly improve the look of your toilet,” said the pro.
Corner and whirlpool baths
Corner and whirlpool tubs can make your bathroom appear a lot smaller, the pro explained.
Instead, she recommended upgrading to a freestanding bathtub or glass shower.
“This will help save space in your floor plan, make the room feel bigger, and definitely add a ton of value to your home,” she said.
This trend assumes you’re “about 20 or 30 years old,” according to Kristen – so it might be time for an update.
Luckily, they’re really easy to remove, so you can get the job done quickly and easily in a weekend if you want quick results.
Whether it’s on your wallpaper, bedding, rugs, or home accessories, the chevron pattern has become a little overdone and dated, Kristen said.
“Your house is dated back to 2011,” she said.
Instead, she suggested switching to the similar but more timeless herringbone pattern in your home.
Elaborate and overly detailed fixtures are a bit too much and something simpler will give your home a timeless look.
Kristen said, “It’s just one of those things that comes out like a sore thumb.
“If you completely modernize your home but keep the ornate, curved light fixtures, your home will still look 30 years old.”
Fireplaces with a short surround “take your home back to the ’90s,” Kristen said.
If you want a more modern look, bigger is the better.
You can extend your fireplace to the ceiling to make it the focal point of the room.
Shiny and shiny finishes on cabinets and tables may have seemed modern and minimalist 10 years ago, but they can’t seem clinical.
“It is now more modern to use matt, organic surfaces.
“Warmer colors, matte finishes, real woods, and textures add a lot of detail to your home,” Kristen said.