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Home design trends: What looks nice now could cost you later.

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If you’re swooning over the latest design trends, here’s what you should know before swinging that sledgehammer.

If you spend any time on Pinterest or watching HGTV, you may be captivated by some of the current hot trends—rose gold, open shelving, agate wallpaper, geometric tiles, and more. But, as experts warn, don’t let temptation lure you into making some possibly regrettable design decisions. When making improvements to your home, be sure to consider the appeal your changes will have in the long-run if you choose to sell. Heed the advice of design professionals on these current trends.

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Susana Simonpietri, Creative Director for design firm Chango & Co, advises clients against “face-planting” into the brass trend. “Brass has become very popular, and people are integrating it as the main finish in their bathrooms and kitchens,” she says. “While I think brass is timeless when used correctly, I think we will be seeing a lot of brass faucets getting pulled out come 2020.”

Graphic Tiling

According to interior designer Nicole Gibbons, colorful, graphic tilework is really trending right now—but she tends to steer her clients away from it. “Generally when really strong prints or patterns are hot for a moment, it doesn’t last long. And then people grow tired of it, and it’s a really expensive thing to change,” and says. She suggests instead incorporating color and strong patterns in small ways that are easier to replace like pillows, throws, or rugs.

Open Shelving

Open shelving is a trend that takes a certain kind of person to pull off well. Anishka Clarke, cofounder of interior design firm Ishka Designs, thinks only “truly organized, visually skilled folks” can make this look work. That means ditching your cabinets for open shelves could drastically reduce the appeal of your kitchen to potential buyers down the road.

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