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These six design elements could be devaluing your property
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These six design elements could be devaluing your property

In addition to being questionable from a style perspective, dated design elements can have a negative impact on the overall value of your property. Here are six key areas that may be off-putting to potential buyers and advice on how you can make positive changes that do not have to cost the earth.

Coloured bathroom suite

In the right property, avocado or maroon bathroom suites have the potential to make a stylish statement within the overall aesthetic of a property. As such properties are few and far between, however, you can never go wrong with a sleek white bathroom suite - even an inexpensive one! If you are looking to sell your property and have the budget to improve one area of your property to attract buyers, investing in a new, stylish bathroom should be at the top of your list.

Wall panelling

Tasteful wood wall panelling in period properties can look effortlessly elegant; however, dated or poorly-installed panelling will look dull and tired. Carefully painting over the wood with a bright white or elegant light grey will breathe new life into your panelling; alternatively, if you don’t mind undertaking more of a project, you will be pleasantly surprised at just how easy panelling is to remove. You can never be sure what is hiding behind your panelling, but it is likely that you will only have to fill a few small holes or imperfections before being able to add a fresh coat of paint or apply some chic wallpaper.

Wood chip

This textured wallpaper was extremely popular at one point but can now be a deal breaker for potential buyers. It is easy to paint over, but there is something about the texture that feels incredibly dated and tired. Many people believe it to be particularly difficult to remove; in reality, the process is remarkably easy - you just need a little time and patience. Once it has been removed, you will see just how much of a difference this oddly-textured paper makes to a space and will never have felt so pleased to see smooth walls.

An imposing built-in bar

Many of us love to entertain our friends and family; however, although a built-in bar may sound like a useful tool for hosting a drinks party, the reality is very different. They often look dated, take up much more space than is necessary, and overwhelm a room. Simple structures should not take too much time to remove; alternatively, clearing the surface and painting it white or another neutral colour will help to mitigate its imposing stance if removal is not an option. Bar carts are a stylish, functional and aesthetically-pleasing alternative to built-in bars - they are smaller, more elegant, and can be styled in a number of different ways according to the design of your home.

A brick fireplace

As one of the main focal points of a room, a fireplace should add a touch of class and character. Unfortunately, dated brick fireplaces will always struggle to be the elegant centre point of a cosy living space. If replacing the whole thing is not an option, painting the bricks a light colour and accessorising with a simple and elegant vase with some fresh flowers will help it to blend with the rest of the space.


Setting eyes on this strange, spiralised texture instantly transports us back to the 1970s and it is perhaps not surprising to hear that this will put off many buyers. Unlike some of the other design features, it is best not to try to remove this yourself, as there is a risk of asbestos and this is generally quite a messy job. Once it has been removed, however, your space will immediately look more modern and appeal to many more buyers who would perhaps not want to commit to undertaking the work themselves.

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