WHEN it comes to redesigning your home, there are a lot of decisions that need to be made.
What color to paint the walls, what flooring to use, and how to layout the bedrooms are all questions we debate.
A design and color expert named Maria Killam, who goes by @mariakillim on TikTok, said there are a few finishes that will instantly make your new home feel old.
The first mistake you could make, Maria said, is installing grey flooring.
“If it looks brown in some lights and grey in other lights, that’s taupe. Still trendy, still not a good choice,” she said.
“Charcoal, grey, or taupe flooring – it should have never been manufactured because it’s always going to be a trendy choice that says you renovated during the grey trend.”
Instead, you should opt for pale oak or medium brown floors.
According to Maria, these colors are timeless and have never gone out of style.
The second look you should avoid refers to your kitchen surfaces: busy, loud countertops.
“The countertops that are trending in this black and white trend have a lot more movement,” Maria said.
“They’re a lot busier, blotchier, and colorful.”
Installing a countertop like that will overpower the room and dictate what you do with the rest of the kitchen.
You’ll likely get bored of the pattern down the line but won’t be able to change it because of the expenses involved in countertop installs.
Instead, opt for a neutral white or black look – marble, quartz, or soapstone always looks good.
This will also make your house more appealing to buyers if you ever want to sell, as it is less niche.
Tile flooring and walls can look great in a bathroom or kitchen when done properly.
The problem is, there are a lot of ugly options out there.
Maria shared her five favorite styles that won’t go out of style: two-inch hex tiles, larger-scale hex tiles, marble or porcelain, limestone, and charcoal herringbone with white grout.
“Boring really does equal timeless,” she said.