Research into the nation’s most hated retro décor trends by online bathroom retailer Bathrooms.com has revealed the 10 interior design trends most likely to devalue a home.
Wood panelling was named as the fixture most likely to put homebuyers off – while16% of respondents would look to knock £5,000 off the asking price of a property if it still had an outdated avocado bathroom suite. In And 6% of 25-34 year olds would seek a price reduction of at least £10,000.
The 10 interior design trends are:
1.Wood panelling (46% of homebuyers wouldn't buy a property if it still had old fashioned wood panelling)
2. Avocado bathrooms (44%)
3. Built-in bars (41%)
4. Woodchip (41%)
5. Artex ceilings (40%)
6. Heavily patterned carpet (35%)
7. Textured wallpaper (34%)
8. Crazy paving (33%)
9. Brick fireplaces (33%)
10. Built-in wardrobes over the bed (30%)
The survey was conducted by Census Wide in December 2016. A total of 2,000 people aged 16 and above were polled across the UK.
Following the results from the research, Bathrooms.com has launched an ‘Avocado Amnesty’ at http://www.bathrooms.com/avocado-amnesty.
The company claimed 1.2% of households still have avocado suites in their bathrooms. Based on there being 27 million households in the UK (according to the ONS), this equates to 324,000 such suites in the UK.
The retailer added that almost three quarters of the UK (75%) think avocado bathroom suites are ugly and three out of four people (71%) say if they bought a new home and it had an avocado bathroom suite, it would be the first thing they would rip out.
But despite this, a fifth of UK homeowners confess they’ve never updated their avocado bathroom, and around a quarter (23%) admit to being embarrassed by their outdated bathroom when their friends come over to visit.
Bathrooms.com commercial director Harshad Gorasia commented: “Once upon a time, avocado bathroom suites were the height of fashion and a statement feature for homes up and down the UK. But now they tend to look tired, outdated and in need of recycling.
“Given that so many of us have never updated our bathrooms, it’s not surprising to see there are still over 300,000 in the country. More than half of the nation say a relaxing bath is their favourite way to unwind and de-stress, so we think everyone should have a bathroom they’re proud of, where they can relax, switch off and have a good soak at the end of a long day.”
Avocado suite owners are being encouraged to enter the Avocado Amnesty by posting a picture of their bathroom to Bathroom.com’s Twitter, Instagram or Facebook page with a comment on the main reason it needs upgrading.
One entrant will win a new bathroom suite up to the value of £500 and 10 entrants will win a new bath up to the value of £150. The competition runs until 23:59 on March 20. Winners will be chosen at random.