The 10 least loved home décor trends – and they may take you by surprise

The people have spoken.

It appears a blank canvas is most desired when it comes to buying a home. Take a look at the 10 home décor trends that – in a huge shock to us – could put buyers off.

From black taps and dark blue walls, to no bath and painted floorboards – a new home improvement trends report by Rated People has revealed some of the most popular décor and renovation trends from the last few years could in fact make potential buyers less likely to buy your home. No matter how much we at Homes & Gardens love them.

Bold colours, statement fittings and kitchens that are anything but white are currently some of the most popular interior design trends. But despite their popularity, rooms painted dark blue or dark grey are the top two design features most likely to put buyers off, with half of homeowners saying this would make them less likely to purchase a property.

The research is taken from a wider study into renovation and interior design trends and other surprising buyer turnoffs include copper taps, dark grey window frames and patterned floor tiles. The findings suggest anything that’s too bold or personal could make it harder for buyers to see past the décor and imagine themselves in a property.

1. DARK BLUE ROOMS

Photography: Catherine Gratwicke

See: Blue room ideas – the cool colours that bring rooms alive

2. DARK GREY ROOMS

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Photography: Davide Lovatti

See: Grey living room ideas – for gorgeous and inspiring neutral schemes

3. NO BATHTUB

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Photography: Mark Bolton

4. DARK BLUE KITCHEN CUPBOARD DOORS

Photography: Jonathan Gooch

5. BLACK TAPS AND SHOWER FITTINGS

Photography: Lizzie Orme

6. PAINTED FLOORBOARDS

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Photography: Jo Bridges

See: These are the 15 most popular paint colours, according to Instagram

7. DARK GREY WINDOW FRAMES

Photography: Katie Lee

8. DARK GREY KITCHEN CUPBOARD DOORS

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Image credit: Darren Chung

9. ORIGINAL SASH WINDOWS

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Photography: Colin Poole

10. WOODEN DOUBLE GLAZING

Photography: Damian Russell

‘We know from the many completed projects in our community that dark and bold colours can look great, whether they’re used on walls, ceilings, kitchen cupboards or window frames,’ says Adrienne Minster, CEO of Rated People.

‘But when it comes to selling, it’s a good idea to stay up to date with the features that buyers are looking for because the trends that were adding value just two to three years ago might now be devaluing properties.’

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