Impractical Makeovers: 13 Trends to Avoid in Remodeling!

There’s nothing worse than spending time, energy, and hard-earned bucks on a home renovation, just to find out the new “hip” design is as practical as juggling water.

We’ve all seen these designs smeared across glossy pages or lighting up our screens, but are they fit for everyday life? Let’s talk about a few of those flashy remodel trends that might not be as practical as they seem.

13. All-White Everything

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While a white palette is classic, an all-white interior can be impractical for families or high-traffic areas. Consider adding pops of color to prevent a sterile look and make maintenance easier.

12. Open Shelving in Kitchens

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Open kitchen shelving exposes your odds and ends, demanding perpetual tidying. An overdone trend, it turns storage into an unasked chore and a dust magnet. Cabinets are the unsung heroes of the kitchen, ensuring no precarious juggling of Aunt Edna’s gifted spoon. Keep the drama off the counter.

11. Barn Doors for Bathrooms

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Barn doors in the bathroom? Stylish and rustic, sure, but they’re barn doors for a reason. Those tiny gaps are not ideal for bathroom privacy, so stick to regular doors and avoid bath-time paranoia.

Build this Barn Door with instructions here.

10. Wallpaper Everywhere

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Wallpapers look great in catalogs but on every wall? It’s visual overload, like binging on too much strawberry ice cream. Opt for subtle gray paint or subway tiles instead because too much wallpaper can become overwhelming and not chic.

9. Ultra-Modern Minimalism

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It’s all about stripping away the frills and the fluff and turning your living spaces into a set for a sci-fi movie. However, your home needs more than just organic shapes, an inch-thick coat of white paint, and a lonely chair in the name of furniture. Besides, you may get quickly bored with the stark look.

8. Oversized Kitchen Islands

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Oversized kitchen islands may be trendy only in magazines because they’re space hogs. Unless you have the space, this type of island demands significant clearance and occupies prime kitchen territory. Think before you leap into this trend!

7. Floating Vanities in Bathrooms

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Floating vanities in bathrooms must have been cooked up by plumbers looking for a solid paycheck fixing water damage. It’s impractical because it defeats the purpose of a bathroom vanity. Hint for you: when style trumps function, you’re in for long-term hurt.

6. Exposed Brick Walls

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Here’s another one of the impractical design trends: exposed brick walls. They look cool, but just wait until those bricks start collecting dust, mites, and webs – not to mention the acoustics they reflect. 

5. Sunken Living Rooms

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Sunken living rooms: chic in theory, but a trip hazard in the dark. That cozy nook can turn into a privacy pitfall. Remember, some walls are good because you may want to keep the prying eyes out, especially when you have a full house.

4. Glass-walled Bathrooms

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Glass-walled bathrooms are aesthetically pleasing yet privacy-deficient. Water damage is a real concern in such a space. Let’s archive this trend with shag carpets and dated green appliances.

3. Metallic Finishes on Everything

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Imagine walking into a room with metallic finishes on everything, from sofas to chairs, tables to cupboards. The trend of incorporating metallic finishes reached its peak a while back. However, metallic surfaces tend to show every single fingerprint, scratch, and smudge.

2. Freestanding Bathtubs

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Freestanding bathtubs were once a bathroom trend, coveted for their spa-like aesthetics. While they are visually striking, they often prove impractical due to infrequent use, high water consumption, and the space they occupy.

1. Concrete Flooring in Living Areas

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Concrete flooring gained popularity for its unique industrial charm, but it’s undeniably cold, hard, and lacks comfort. It’s not forgiving to our bodies or fragile items, making it a better fit for specific industrial-style spaces instead of residential homes.

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Avoid These! 10 Home Remodel Blunders to Fix

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Home remodeling projects can be thrilling and transformative, but they’re not without their challenges. It’s all too easy to make mistakes that can lead to headaches, wasted time, and unexpected expenses. In this blog, we’ll explore 10 common home remodel blunders that you should be aware of

Home Trends Going Out of Style

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Jump on board the time machine, and let’s check out some old home design trends that are so yesterday. We’re talking about things that used to be cool but now make us go, “Huh?” Here are 15 outdated home trends that need a major makeover!

What is a Terrible Home Design Trend?

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Sometimes we dream of building a new home, and what great ideas we have for it.  But we don’t want to make big mistakes, what are the horrible new home trends that we want to avoid?

10 Home Renovations that can Decrease its Value

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With increasing interest rates and mortgage prices, getting the most value for your home is imperative. Homeowners and real estate agents speak about the renovations that could decrease the value of your home and why. Here are the renovations to look out for.

Declutter Fast: 7 Items Experts Say Must Go!

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Every home needs to be organized and arranged to exhibit its beauty. If your space is untidy, here is how to declutter fast get rid of these seven items decluttering experts would take out now!

Kill These Mood-Killers: Your Home’s Silent Enemies

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In this blog, we will explore these hidden culprits that can negatively impact your home’s atmosphere and suggest ways to eliminate them, helping you create a truly harmonious living environment.

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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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