Buyers have revealed what they look for in a new home with UPVC double glazing, wooden floors and downstairs loos 'in' - but wood burners, Artex ceilings and shabby chic d cor are 'out'.

However, homes with tiled countertops, open plan layouts and pink rooms are likely to receive a thumbs down.

Commissioned by Independent Network, powered by VEKA, the study also found almost a fifth of adults are looking to buy a new house within the next six months.

A spokeswoman said: "Trends come and go so it can be hard to keep up with what's hot and what's not when it comes to property - and there are some surprises which perhaps illustrates this very point.

UPVC Windows are in

"For instance, the likes of wood burners and pink rooms - both of which have been very popular in recent years - are now not viewed quite so favourably among many of those polled."

The study also found built-in storage is big plus among potential buyers as is a garden with a lawn, underfloor heating and space for a home office.

Outdoor lounge areas, Belfast sinks, and neutrally coloured walls are also viewed favourably among those polled, as well as breakfast bars, paved patios and marble kitchen surfaces.

But artificially-turfed gardens, word art on walls and single glazed windows hold little appeal.

Wood burning stove with fire flame on white background
Wood burning stoves are out

The same goes for dark coloured rooms, a lack of plug sockets and painted floorboards.

Coloured taps - specifically black ones - white tiles with dark grouting and trampolines also don't go down well, while other people are put off by wood panelling and lino floors.

It also emerged colour is a significant factor when it comes to how a property is perceived by potential buyers - inside and out - as 77 per cent argue this is one of the most important aspects of home d cor.

And if door and window colours are anything to go by, white is by far the most popular shade with 44 per cent of homes having a white door and 73 per cent having white windows.

Cute toddler having a bath in a Belfast sink.
A sink large enough for a baby to swim in is a bonus

The study, carried out through OnePoll, also found 58 per cent browse property websites and apps just to see what's out there - despite not 'officially' looking for a new home.

And 53 per cent of adults actively keep an eye on the latest home style trends.

But despite so many having their finger on the pulse when it comes to d cor, 22 per cent admitted they have made improvements to their home which they subsequently regretted.

A spokeswoman from Independent Network, powered by VEKA, added: "We can't get it right all the time when it comes to our homes and with tastes changing all the time it can be a struggle.

"But if you look at what people do and don't want from a home there are some things there which are safe bets for the long-term.

Wooden floors are a must have

"These include - but not limited to - UPVC double glazing, good energy efficiency rating and space for the home office area."


1. UPVC double glazing

2. Downstairs loo

4. Built-in storage

5. Lawned garden

6. Walled garden

7. Separate living spaces

8. Neutrally coloured walls

9. Separate shower cubicle

10. Wooden floors

11. Converted loft

12. Underfloor heating

13. Security system

14. Home office area

15. Paved patio

16. Marble kitchen surfaces

17. Outdoor lounge area

18. Modern retro furnishings

19. Coloured window frames

20. Breakfast bars

21. Alcove bookshelves

22. White window frames

23. Decking

24. Cushions, throws, knits and faux furs

25. Free-standing bathtubs

26. Outdoor lights

27. Belfast sink

28. Four post beds

29. Black and white colour schemes

30. Coloured doors

Breakfast Bar remain popular


1. Lack of plug sockets

2. Having no bath - only a shower

3. Artex ceilings

4. Single glazed windows

5. Wood panelling

6. Shabby chic d cor

7. Pink rooms

8. Lino floors

9. Large wallpaper patterns

10. Artificial turfed garden

11. Word art on walls

12. 'Trendy' bathroom tiles

13. Dark coloured rooms

14. Farmhouse d cor

15. Tiled countertops

16. Tiled floor living rooms

17. Open plan layouts

18. Dark coloured kitchen cupboards

19. Painted floorboards

20. Wood burner

21. Nautical themed rooms

22. AGA ovens or similar

23. Plastic bath/shower

24. Wicker furniture

25. White tiles with dark grouting

26. Wallpaper boarders

27. Wooden countertops

28. Black taps

29. Trampolines

30. Rose gold tapsENDS(via Comet)