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4 Home Design Trends You Could Probably Skip

Barn doors and tiny houses aren’t for everybody.

Have you fallen in love with a barn door you spotted in a magazine or open shelves in sparkling white, professionally photographed kitchens and thought, I bet those would look great in my home? Gorgeous new home trends emerge every year, and it’s easier than ever to stumble upon them—people share their dream rooms on social media all the time. But what looks great doesn’t always function well. Here are a few trends that may turn out to be impractical in real life.

This is the best day — and time — to list your home for sale

  • Listing your home on a certain day — and even a certain time of day — may make it sell faster and for more money.
  • Thursday is the most popular day for agents to debut new listings, and homes listed on that day apparently sell fastest, according to Redfin, a real estate brokerage.
  • For the specific time of day, one broker puts her new listings online at 5 p.m.