Undecorating Trend Undoing Home Sales?


Undecorating: It's the design trend of the moment. There's even a new book to prove it.

"Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design" lauds the quirky, the personality-driven, the DIY approach to home design. Like the one practiced by the Chicago couple at left, who parked an Airstream trailer smack in the middle of their loft.

While giving your imagination free rein might be good for your ego (and, arguably, your pocketbook), what does it do to your ability to sell your house? If the central tenet of the undecorating movement is, in the words of the New York Times, "that personal expression matters more than professional polish," you have to ask yourself whether some of those undecorated homes aren't languishing on the market.