Not every home improvement trend is a winner. Below is our list of the worst home improvement trends of all time:
- Sunrooms: this home improvement trend is a bust because the cost of remodeling a sunroom far outweighs the value recouped (on average, a homeowner will only see a 40% increase in home’s value with a remodeled sunroom; compare that to a deck addition, which will have the homeowner see his/her home’s value increase by almost 80%).
- Popcorn Ceilings: this is reminiscent of the 1980’s, and the prevailing philosophy behind this design atrocity was that it “helped contain acoustics.” (Yes, well – so does the proper furniture…)
- Mirrored Wallpaper: again, this is reminiscent of the 1980’s. The idea was that the mirrored wallpaper would give the illusion of the room being bigger than it was. Instead, it came off looking dingy.
- Fake Brick: the faux brick look was supposed to bring added value to a home; instead, it broke easily, making the home look cheap.
- Chalkboard Wall: chalkboards are great for classrooms, not for homes. Chalkboard walls do nothing but bring dust, and make your home look dirty.
- Metal Awnings: metal awnings, especially ones with stripes, decrease the value of your home and make your home look like a Leave it to Beaver throwback. They also rust easily and can cause long-term damage to the façade.
- All Beige Everything: while it’s important to have a neutral color palette, all beige everything is just ridiculous, and makes your home look like a hospital waiting room.
- Theme Rooms: while cute in theory, in reality they make your home look like an amusement park, and don’t stand the test of time.
- Denim Furniture: this “trend” makes your living room (since this is where the denim is most often found) look like a college dorm.