Avocado Green, Shag Carpet, Gold?

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities 303302

In the 60 & 70’s we all “Enjoyed” our avocado green and harvest gold appliances.  We all knew someone, or maybe it was us, that had a great shag carpet. Luxurious! And remember the wallpapers that included fuzzy areas? These design trends mostly ran their course, thankfully.

I believe the next design trend to bite the dust is the color Gold. When my home was built in the mid 90’s, gold was put everywhere. I had gold door knobs. Gold hinges, gold shower surround, gold light fixtures. Last year I started an active campaign to rid my home of gold. Now I have mostly oiled bronze. I spent much gold to make this happen. It should be good for at least another year or so.

I find myself not only peering around doors to make sure they are brushed nickel, not gold, and occasionally finding that dreaded gold. This forces a frenzied trip to the local big box store to buy another bag of hardware. I must stamp out that gold!

When I tour homes, one of the things I look for are the 90’s gold items. My clients may hear me grumble when we walk into the master bath and find ourselves surrounded by all that gold. It might even have the second dreaded design issue…Wallpaper!

Please, do the world a huge favor and stamp out these issues once and for all. No gold unless it is REAL GOLD! Wallpaper should go as well. Spend your time and money on the new trends that should last weeks if not months. Your friends and neighbors, not to mention your friendly real estate agents, will appreciate your efforts.

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Peter den Boer, Associate Broker, Realtor

Atlanta Communities Real estate Brokerage


Ph. 770.713.1545



I write about daily life as a Realtor in the Towne Lake Community in Woodstock Georgia.


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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Peter, you are so right, gold was in and lots of it.  Now, homeowners have spent lots of money changing to brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze, and heard gold is coming back....UGH.

Jan 19, 2017 07:40 AM #1
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Now just hold on a second, Peter den Boer ; the same thing was said about narrow ties in the 60's giving way to the wide ones of the 80's; they came back into vogue. So too shall gold and purple shag make its comeback...someday!

Jan 19, 2017 08:13 AM #2
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
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Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities, Peter den Boer around Woodstock, GA, talk to 770-240-2005.

Jan 19, 2017 08:40 AM #3
Marte Cliff
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I thought you were going to talk about Harvest Gold appliances - I do hope those don't come back! Ditto for the avocado green.

Jan 19, 2017 08:54 AM #4
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
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Our last house has tons of brass colored fixtures and door knobs everywhere.  It was overwhelming.  Glad we moved to a new home with brushed nickel.

Jan 19, 2017 09:23 AM #5
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