By JAMIE BIRDWELL-BRANSON
“Curb appeal trends that are fading include anything that’s got high maintenance. Box hedges are pretty up there on that list—you have to shape them and make sure they’re just right,” says Emch.
Although shutters can look downright adorable on the right style of home (think Colonials or farmhouses), they can make other types of homes feel too cookie-cutter, according to real estate agent Tracy Jones.
“People have begun to shift away from using shutters in favor of more simple, wide, white trim around their windows. This offers a very clean look to the front of the house,” she says.
If you were a child of the ’80s or ’90s, you may have grown up with a front door that featured windows on either side of the front door, which are called sidelites. “Big, beautiful picture windows next to the front door are more in now. Instead of windows on either side of the door, you’re better off going with a double door,” says Emch.
Big brass placards were once the norm when it came to displaying your address, but this look likely isn’t doing your front door any favors.“Now it’s more common to have contemporary plates on—the nailed up single ones where you have the hanging three or four numbers,” says Emch.
Border hedges that were once established for privacy may be a nuisance when it comes to the maintenance of your front or side yard. “In Sarasota, especially, where there are a lot of HOAs, any type of hedges that were once used to separate properties have been removed, so that the mowers hired by HOAs are able to seamlessly mow from one property to the next,” says Jones.