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8 Kitchen Trends to Avoid, According to Real Estate Agents

by JENNIFER BILLOCK

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We asked four real estate agents from around the country what kitchen trends are a bad investment. These are the ones you should probably skip — don’t make the same mistake those previous homeowners did.

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Granite countertops

Granite, once the gold standard of kitchen countertops, is out. Marble, wood, and concrete are better options right now.

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Traditional woodgrain cabinets

Plus, traditional cabinetry shapes and sizes are quickly being outpaced by space-saving shelving systems and larger pantry-style cabinets.

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Open shelving

Right now, open shelving is a gamble. It’s absolutely on trend and is eclipsing the desire for closed cabinets, but they may not have staying power.

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Dark paint and wood

“You need a large kitchen or lots of light to get away with darker colors. Dark spaces are still a detractor of value.”

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DIY backsplashes and cabinets

We know it saves money and allows for endless creative expression, but kitchen DIYs? They’re a no-go. That includes everything from backsplashes to painted cabinets.