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8 Outdated 2019 Home Trends to Avoid


Montecito homeowners: beware of these 8 (already) outdated 2019 home trends. While it’s natural to want to stay current with the latest interior décor trends, there are some you simply need to avoid. Take shag carpet, for instance. It was all the rage in the 1970s. Not anymore. Then there were the wallpaper borders of the ‘80s and the blonde wood so popular in the 1990s. Both also gone.

We all know to steer clear of those ancient amenities, but which 2019 home design trends should Montecito homeowners avoid? Here’s what the experts have to say:

  • Barn Doors 
    What began as an interesting accent, can now be found everywhere. Experts say not only have barn doors become an overdone feature but they never really made sense. Think about it. Since they hang over a doorway, they do nothing to block sound. Plus, the look is completely mismatched, especially in Montecito’s modern or contemporary homes. Best to just steer clear and leave them for the horses.

  • Gray Everything Woman checking out colors on a wall.
    Gray is not the new neutral color! Face it; gray has been the ‘it’ color for too many years now. One cannot flip through Pinterest without seeing an endless array of cool, grey walls with clean white trim. Montecito homeowners know enough is enough. Instead, they know to spruce up their space with warm neutrals. Warm-toned ecrus, bisques, and ivories are all back in the game. They pair beautifully with many of the other popular tones of today, like corals and deep jewel tones. Best of all, the cool grays of the past aren’t too hard to cover, and a fresh coat of a warm neutral will help your home feel cozy and more welcoming again.

READ: What is the Color of the Year for 2019?

  • Open-Concept Kitchens
    Anyone who’s watched an episode of Fixer UpperProperty Brothers or House Hunters knows that the current trend among homebuyers is open-concept floor plans including open-concept kitchens. While this way of living has its major upsides, you may want to consider whether it’s truly the right concept for you. Many Montecito homeowners are thinking twice since having an open-concept layout can make an already big space feel far too large. A warm, cozy home can be hard to achieve when there are no walls. The feeling of an echoey, warehouse-like living space is even more amplified if you have high ceilings, so popular here in Montecito. Plus, closing off the kitchen can help your entire home look tidy, especially at dinner time.

READ: Add Value to Your Home With a Chef-Inspired Kitchen

  • The Man-Cave
    The era of the man-cave may be ending! Instead, Montecito homeowners are looking into creating a gender-neutral room. For adults, the man-cave fad is fading out, to be replaced by more family- and couple-friendly shared living spaces. Think yoga studio or meditation room. From adult hobby spaces to the children’s room, gender has been a defining feature of decorating for far too long. The pink princess palaces for girls and the blue adventure dens of boys are becoming a thing of the past. Instead, parents are using yellows, oranges, greens, and neutrals. Many toy stores are already bucking the trend with gender-less aisles, so expect to see more home decor trends following suit.

READ: She Sheds in Santa Barbara

  • Media Rooms
    While this amenity once screamed ultimate luxury, streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO have made that a moot point. Now, everyone in the family can watch their favorite shows practically anywhere in the house on their own devices. That’s made having a separate media room seem out of fashion. Besides, homeowners who do have a separate media room report that they are rarely used. For some, a media room turns into a storage space. But it’s an easy fix with a corner sliding door design. When the doors are open the media room becomes part of the living room. Simply by sliding the two corner joining doors closed you achieve a separate media room.

  • Brass or Gold Fixtures
    Lots of gold or brass fixtures in the kitchen or bathroom can be overwhelming. Think nouveau riche bathrooms of the 90s (aka the Sopranos’ bathroom was all about gold hardware). But trends do come and go. I would argue that the gold hues of an antique or brushed brass will never be completely obsolete, even if it has been out of the spotlight for a while. Instead, use brushed nickel or stainless steel to create clean lines and classic colors to withstand the test of time.

  • Wine cellars 
    Long gone is the luxe amenity of the huge wine cellar. Even a wine room and tasting table are both so passé. Today’s buyers prefer using wine refrigerators that can store up to 300 bottles. They also appreciate wine walls that showcase suspended bottles.

  • All-white kitchens
    Stark white kitchens have been viewed as far too harsh for many years, and experts say Montecito homeowners should be ready to say good-bye to that trend altogether. Instead, earthier colors are being used now in kitchens. Add dark wood paneling on the cabinetry and stone countertops to complete the look.

Those are just a few of the dozens of outdated 2019 home trends (and many, many more form times past). Just Google “outdated home trends” and you’ll see what I mean. After all, passé home trends can make a big difference when it comes time to sell your home.

If you are considering listing your home in any of the upscale Santa Barbara neighborhoods, give me a call at (805) 886-9378 or email me at Besides listing your existing home and looking for a new abode, I’d love to hear which trends you think are overdone and which ones you hope we hang on to a little longer.


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