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15 Home Trends To Avoid At All Costs

Keep your home looking modern by avoiding these outdated home trends.

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Distressing Wood

Distressing seems to be all the rage at the moment, but even now it's on it's way out as a trend. Unless you truly want a rustic feel (here's how to get that awesome rustic barn wood door) in your kitchen, interior designer KellyMcDermott suggests avoiding at all costs the look for now.

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Slim House Columns

First impressions are important, so you want to make the exterior of your home as attractive as possible. Slim house columns make a house look dated. And beefing up your skinny posts is a great way to improve the curb appeal of your house instantly! It doesn't matter if you're looking to sell or just want to give your home's exterior a fresh look, this update is worth it. Check out these 16 ways to add curb appeal for less than $50.

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Raised Panel Doors and Partial-Overlay

Raised panel doors may be a classic look for cabinetry, but they certainly aren't trendy at the moment. Partial overlay, which refers to the amount of frame visible in a cabinetry run, is also on the out. Don't be afraid to try painting cabinets for a new look.

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Roof Shingles That Have 'Dimension'

If you have a solid color siding on the exterior of your home, then a patchy, asphalt roof is perfectly fine and might be more interesting than a solid-colored roof. However, if you have a multi-colored brick or stone design on the exterior of your home, a patchy looking asphalt roof will not be ideal. This exterior home trend will clash with your fastened elements rather than relate to them nicely. Consider what exterior colors are trending, too.

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Slab or Shaker Style Doors

Just like the raised panel doors, stay away from the 3D look for your cabinets. Slab or shaker doors, although give an opposite type of 3D look to your kitchen, will still look aged in your kitchen compared to inset cabinetry.

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Tile Countertops

Tile countertops have made a comeback in recent years as they are less expensive than many other countertop materials, but they are difficult to maintain because they are prone to chips and grout stains. Instead, research the pros and cons of other countertop materials such as laminate, marble and stainless steel. There are plenty of other countertop options to meet your needs and budget.

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Brass Hardware

Metals may be in when it comes to accessories, but avoid shiny brass as it can make a kitchen look dated. Instead, replace cabinet hardware with brushed nickel, glass or stainless steel.

Another good way to update your kitchen is to install a ceiling light in a black matte finish.

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Over-the-Range Microwave

Instead of saving space in the kitchen by putting the microwave over the range, move it to a built-in cubby under the counter. You may also be able to mount it under the cabinets, just above the counter. While over-the-range microwaves have been stylish for years, the trend is on the way out in 2018.

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Bold Appliances

Bold kitchen colors are on trend, but avoid choosing bright colors for appliances. You wouldn't put a '70s avocado green or goldenrod refrigerator in your kitchen now, so just imagine how that bold red or seafoam green appliance will in a few years.

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Speckled Granite

Granite is still a popular choice when it comes to kitchen countertops, but there are other options that are easier to maintain, less expensive and look more modern. Depending on your style, try quartz, concrete or even butcher block.

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Hanging Pot Racks

Hanging pot racks have hung around long enough. The trend is toward clean, sleek lines and those hanging racks can make a kitchen look cluttered. Instead of hanging a large pot rack over a kitchen island, try building cabinet rollouts.

You may also get inspired by these 12 creative solution for storing pots and pans.

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Too Many Open Shelves

Open shelving looks great when done right, but too many open shelves can look unorganized. Stick to a couple well-organized open shelves mixed in with cabinets.

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Farmhouse Sinks

They were everywhere over the last few years, but farmhouse sinks aren't for everyone. Instead, install a large stainless-steel sink which is more practical and works with a variety of decor styles.

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Short Cabinets

Avoid short cabinets and instead install cabinets that are tall as they help your kitchen appear larger. Shorter cabinets leave a gap between the top and the ceiling, which is often too small of a space to do anything with. If you're looking to replace all your kitchen cabinets, try building your own.