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04 October 2018

6 Decorating Trends You Shouldn't Follow

People who are fond of keeping their homes looking beautiful don't often think before heading to the high street and splashing the cash on the latest d├ęcor trends. They like to follow the famous interior designers on Instagram, read relevant home interior blogs and try to keep up with everything fashionable when it comes to their living space.

There are however a collection of trends, from over the years and present times, which are debatably outdated or inappropriate - would you have any of these in your own home?...

1. Panelling

Panelling on walls was once a widely accepted trend but if you have it in your home today then perhaps it’s time for a change. You could replace the panels with some bold colour paint or even some textured-look wallpaper which is currently very popular. Panelling is apparently quite a turn off for prospective buyers so if you're looking to sell it might be best to eliminate it as soon as possible.

2. Marble Countertops

Marble countertops can look classy but in the long run you may notice stains or etching marks - it can take some effort and time when it comes to their maintenance. These days homeowners are regularly opt for granite as an alternative - with more variety in colour, higher temperature resistance and it being a more friendly material for the environment, its ideal for your kitchen.

3. Exposed Lighting

Hanging bulbs and lamps had been seen in homes across the country for years, but more recently this trend has been fading out for more basic, modern lighting. Not only are pendant and spotlights easier to keep clean, they also have a big impact in the overall look and feel of your home and can create a much warmer and more relaxing atmosphere.

4. Reclaimed Wood

Having reclaimed wood within your home can create a rustic and timeless look which can easily be incorporated into your furniture, walls and floors. It can however be quite cold in appearance and hard to care for, so with winter on the way you might be better off looking at carpets online, especially for your bedrooms and main living areas. It's often a lot cheaper than wood and it can look a lot more inviting so it's ideal for those on a budget

5. Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring is a popular choice for those seeking an eco-friendly product for their home as it's made from natural vegetation. It’s quite easy to maintain, with the usual sweeping or vacuuming, and it can be stylish but there are quite a few negatives to consider too before you make your purchase. It doesn't go well in humid rooms and it can be scratched quite easily so it may be best to avoid if you have children or pets!

6. Oversized Furniture

Taking some time out to think about the key pieces of furniture in your home and their size is essential. A popular trend today is a minimalist, clutter-free home and often large rooms have little or no furniture in them at all creating a light and spacious look. If you wish to recreate this in your own home then try to avoid dark colours and large corner suites whilst opting for glass tables and doors wherever possible.

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