With how often tastes and trends change, there’s no shame in wanting to switch up the look of your living space. But sometimes, it's difficult to identify what exactly makes your home feel dated.
If your kitchen is beginning to look a little stale or an unnameable feature in your bedroom is making everything feel off, there are certain design choices that could be the culprits.
Your design preferences are personal, and not everyone will agree on what makes a room sing—and what won’t. But, there are some particular features that could date your home more than others.
We spoke with designers to get their take on the fixtures, furniture, and colors to avoid in order to prevent creating a home that looks outdated.
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There’s nothing wrong with embracing different trends as they pop up—that’s the fun of interior design, after all. Luis Carmona of VERDE Interior Design notes that taking trends too far can lead to a dated home and disappointment.
Unless you’re certain this is a style you’ll love for years to come, it’s better to keep them less permanent. If you are gravitating towards a design trend, Carmona suggests using items that can easily be swapped or removed, like peel-and-stick wallpaper, rugs, art pieces, and paint colors.
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Speaking of throwing all your time and efforts into major trends, the same can be said for not just fixtures, but colors, too.
“Certain color trends, like an all-white kitchen, can appear like cool choices at the time, but are often the reason why a space looks dated,” Carmona says.
There are certain timeless color palettes and schemes that haven't wavered over time. When it comes to bringing in a recent color trend, start
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