Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that saying rings true for how one chooses to decorate one’s home. Therefore, one person’s love of leopard print could be another person’s decorating disaster. If you are looking to sell your home this year, change up or avoid these top five no-no’s.

Wall-to-wall carpeting

According to Jonathan Scott of the famed Property Brothers, wall-to-wall carpet is the number one no-no. No one is looking to buy a house with carpet, which can hold many of life’s unsavory side effects like dirt, stains, and hair.

Mirrored walls

In theory, this decorating idea should make a small space appear larger. However, according to Scott, the effect can actually make your room look like an 80’s dance hall. Let the dance hall die and opt for full-length mirrors instead.


When it comes to decorating to sell, less is almost always more. Be particularly picky about the foyer, since this provides the initial impression of the interior. Keep shoes, winter-wear, bags, and other daily-use items organized and out of sight. Rearrange or remove furniture and décor throughout the home to make each room appear as spacious and inviting as possible.

Loud wallpaper

Although wallpaper can add that pop of color that a room desperately needs, a loud or dizzying pattern can turn off buyers. If you want to add appealing hues, stick with paint.

White on white

Although beautiful, the color white is not realistic when it comes to life’s many mishaps. recommends that homeowners gravitate toward rich shades such as rust browns, black, and forest green.


These five ‘decorating disasters’ can make a world of difference when it comes to selling your home. Do you have any additional ‘no-no’s’ to add? What are your thoughts on the five mentioned above? Please call me if you would like to discuss how you can get your home ready to sell 🙂

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