Want to sell your house? Here are the interior design trends you shouldn’t follow

The coronavirus pandemic has cast uncertainty over the real estate market, with a new study by OJO Labs finding that 54% of would-be-buyers cite the inability to see homes in person as a reason for their hesitation to purchase a property.

Despite this delay in their home-buying plans, some 30% of surveyed buyers reveal that they are looking at available listings more often than before their search was impacted by the pandemic.

While home-owners are turning to Instagram to find trendy design features that could increase the value of their property in the market, some “on-trend” home improvements are more likely to put potential buyers off.

A recent study, conducted by Rated People with 1,038 UK homeowners, notes that prospective buyers are less likely to buy a property with rooms painted in dark blue (52%) and dark grey (49%).

Although popular on Instagram with more than 2,180 posts with

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Is This Beach House Actually Where the Wild Things Are?

Photo credit: Marili Forastieri
Photo credit: Marili Forastieri

From ELLE Decor

A young family with a summer home in Quogue, New York, recently turned to Rodney Lawrence to design a space where they could entertain summer visitors, many with young children in tow. The result is a perfect embodiment of Lawrence’s style—an aesthetic that he calls “magical yet livable,” in a space that doesn’t feel out of context with the property yet manages to show off some whimsical features. To wit: a mural inspired by Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, as well as a ceiling that mimics the iconic sky painted overhead in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal.

“I look for serenity in spaces,” Lawrence says. “One of our primary goals with this project was to have moments of whimsy throughout the home, but not to feel overwhelmed.” Lawrence, who previously worked for Paul Siskin of Siskin

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This Los Angeles Guest House Feels Like a Cabin in the Woods

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

From House Beautiful

“Designing a small space to feel large is challenging, but always, always rewarding.” say Hisako Ichiki and Bo Sundius, the founders of Bunch Design, a Los Angeles-based architecture firm. And the couple would know from both professional and personal experience: In 2013, they designed their own 750-square foot ADU—also known as an accessory dwelling unit, a small outbuilding that can function as a home office, extra bedroom, or even a whole guesthouse—in their backyard, kickstarting their design practice that now specializes in ADUs.

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

The duo had already purchased and renovated their 100-year old bungalow in Solano Canyon, “a funny part of Los Angeles right behind Dodger Stadium,” they explain, where all of the houses have “a striped down craftsman aesthetic with lap wood siding, flashes of color, and trim.” But when one of their fathers was diagnosed

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8 House Plants to Brighten Up Your Home, Because You’re There All the Time Now

After week after week of being in our house for almost 24 hours a day, even our fave decor (like our prized Gray Malin print) is starting to get old. And while we’re tempted to re-do our entire bathroom, or splurge on a virtual interior design consultation, there’s a much simpler solution: adding some bright house plants. They have the power to totally transform a room by adding a pop of color (and some life) to the space. Here, eight house plants that will instantly brighten your home.

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Fun fact: Anthuriums are the world’s longest-blooming house plants. Each “bloom,” which is actually a waxy leaf, can last up to eight weeks and there are almost always new ones forming. They like bright, indirect light and only require watering every 1-2 weeks. (If you have kids

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