If you want to sell your home quickly (and for the asking price), most brokers and real estate agents will tell you to remove all traces of personality from the interiors – colorful walls, family photos, brightly patterned window treatments. But is this advice really true? Based on real estate agent.comLast week’s most viewed real estate listings, having a floral kitchen wallpaper, a nautical blue living room or a Santa Claus red exterior doesn’t have to be a deterrent to buyers.
The top three homes all featured an über-maximalist aesthetic. First, there was a $195,000 house in Detroit with pastel bathrooms galore and chartreuse carpeting. A Spokane, Washingtonhouse with patterned wall tiles everywhere also drew eyeballs, followed by a beach escape in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, with quirky architecture and trippy green-brown granite kitchen countertops. Realtor.com editor Erik Gunther explains the obvious interest in these faraway spaces: “People can’t believe a homeowner took the time and effort to really embrace over-the-top décor. They’re also a refreshing antidote to the perfectly-designed, matching homes we’ve seen for so long.
We won’t shock you with photos of the properties (because to be honest, they take the maximalist trend a little too far), but there is still something to be learned from their recognition. Here’s how we’d reinterpret some of their craziest features in a way that would make curious online browsers stop.
In a pattern-rich Washington, DC home, a neon green living room acts as an energetic respite from the bustle of a striped dining room and jungle-print kids’ area.
Not your grandmother’s granite
A rippled veined granite countertop is reminiscent of stormy seas in this nautical-inspired Seattle kitchen.
Mismatched bathroom tile
After striking a deal at a warehouse sale, Kim Spradlin Wolfe completely covered her 400-square-foot guesthouse in mismatched tile. The 10 different shades are now the best conversation starter (and budget saver) she could ask for.