Of Upper fixator at good bonesHGTV’s beloved shows have made their way into millions of homes, influencing design, empowering armchair do-it-yourselfers, and sparking large-scale obsessions with shiplapped walls and subway tiles.
In 2020, Zillow analysts even took a look at popular TV trends that drove home sales, finding that things like plank and slat designs or rattan were helping homes soar. of the market – and listings that mentioned freestanding bathtubs and Moroccan tiles sold for a premium.
But some of these trends seem to be nearing their final season. Here’s which HGTV-inspired styles are on the way out, according to real estate agents.
Scandi style is synonymous with clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic, incorporating elements that are both functional and beautiful. But Lauren Reynolds, a Connecticut-based realtor with Compass, says she sees a shift toward a more modern-traditional aesthetic (and that may have less to do with personal preference and more with logistics).
“I’ve seen a lot of thrift store finds and antique gems in home decor now,” she says. “I think it also has to do with the supply chain issues we’ve had, so people are looking for alternatives.”
With that in mind, people are still embracing minimalist design choices and overemphasized design is less desirable, she says.
“People are looking for ‘breathing room‘ and not feeling encumbered, especially as we continue to see working from home take hold,” says Reynolds.
While white kitchens are classic, the white-on-white trend seems to be falling out of fashion and being replaced by bolder, warmer colors, Reynolds says.
“I’ve seen a lot of taupe cabinets with dark countertops and accents of even deeper jewel tones like emerald and deep blues,” she says.
Subway tiles in bathrooms and on backsplashes have become so popular that they aren’t as exciting anymore, says Jennifer Okhovat, realtor at Compass in West Hollywood, Calif. While they still have their fans, these glazed ceramic tiles are used as a backdrop for the design.
“For example, in the kitchen, if there’s a subway tile backsplash, customers accessorize with jars and cutting boards leaning against the backsplash,” Okhovat says. “In the bathrooms, I see more succulents and wood decor to warm up the tiles.”
Wallpaper (the permanent stuff, that is) is kind of like a tattoo, says Elizabeth Sugar Boese, a Boulder, Colorado-based real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Realty. It’s quite personal – and not always privileged when you go to resell your home and find it difficult to remove. If you want to play around with wallpaper on an accent wall, she recommends going with a peel and stick option that has good reviews. Confirm that it comes off really easily, which you’ll appreciate if your own tastes change or you decide to list your home.
Many contractors and buyers are shifting away from granite and leaning more towards stones with more impact, says Josh Stepling, an associate broker in the Josh Steppling Group at EXP Realty in Stuart, Florida.
“A uniformly colored piece of Corian can be a better option when paired with a colorful environment,” he says. “While granite still has its place in certain decors, it can become a strong focal point – which can easily be toned down by ensuring there is not a strong contrast between the colors of your granite and your cupboard.”
Inspired by the 1970s, macrame wall hangings are making a comeback. But, the fact is, these decorative items don’t fit into many homes or larger designs, says real estate agent and designer James Judge. The good news is that if you get tired of this trend, it’s easy to replace it with another tapestry or wall art.