Wallpaper of any sort can be problematic, mainly because of the difficulty of removing it if it doesn’t appeal to a homebuyer’s sensibilities. The worst offender has to be metallic wallpaper — from those silvery floral dining room prints to bronzy metallic stripes in the powder room.
“I have a house that I’m staging right now that has metallic wallpaper,” says Gail Mayhugh of GMJ Interiors in Las Vegas. “I’m going to have to rip it all down.”
Worst of all, this flashy trend wasn’t limited to the 1970s. Mayhugh’s project was built in the 1990s.
Of course, designers say, if there was a runner-up in the bad wallpaper category, it would have to be those floral wallpaper borders that were so ubiquitous in the 1980s.
“If your home has large flowers, fruit, stripes, etc., on the walls, remove the wallpaper and paint before you put your house on the market,” says Raylene Lewis of Century 21 Beal in College Station, Texas.