Some hot home designs leave buyers cold

Just like fashion, interior design trends go in and out of style. Sometimes what was in style a year ago already seems out-of-date or overdone. For home sellers, the goal is to make their homes universally appealing to buyers, which could mean eliminating home features that were once on-trend.

Design trends that could turn off buyers

Some recent interior design styles, such as white-on-white kitchens, shiplap, and barn doors may appeal to some buyers, but for many they lack appeal.

“Shiplap, by which I mean the manufactured wood you buy at big-box stores, is fading in popularity,’’ said Harry Koffman, an interior designer with Decorist in Andover. “But shiplap or boards that you uncover in an older home you’ve renovated make for a gorgeous period-appropriate statement.’’

Similarly, barn doors should be specific to the period and design of the

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