Home-improvement shows are making everyone’s houses look the same



a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Over-reliance on home-improvement shows can take away your home's personality. ocwarfford/Shutterstock


© ocwarfford/Shutterstock
Over-reliance on home-improvement shows can take away your home’s personality. ocwarfford/Shutterstock

  • Home-improvement shows have become massively popular in recent years.
  • But the shows only spotlight a handful of home decor styles.
  • As a result, people’s homes are starting to lack personality. 
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My ideal Saturday morning involves three things: coffee, a bagel, and a “Fixer Upper” marathon. 

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I love home-improvement shows because they’re the perfect formula for relaxation. Watching experts transform someone’s home can make the stress of any day fade away.

For years, I worshipped these shows, and I became a believer in the power of open-concept floor plans, barn doors, industrial sinks, and accent walls to transform a house into a home.

But recently, I’ve noticed these shows are becoming a bit too powerful.

People have started to see home-improvement as blueprints for how their spaces should look, creating millions of identical homes that have been drained of any personality. 

Home-improvement shows are making people’s houses look the same

Home-improvement shows have become massively popular in recent years, with millions of Americans tuning in to watch homes get renovated or flipped.

HGTV, for instance, is more in-demand than

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Those Home-Improvement DIY Projects? 5 Ways to Finally Tackle Them in 2021

MY FATHER was known for his daily lists. Every year on Dec. 26, he itemized the dozen tasks that would let him immediately eradicate any trace of Christmas. Not that he was a bah-humbug kind of guy, but he did not dally when there was work to do. By nightfall, the tree was at the curb, my mother’s mechanical Santas were in the attic and the breakable ornaments were safely packed away in what he called their “babble wrap” (he also was known for malapropisms).

My father attributed the fact that our house was always in perfect repair to his lists. As he said, “They keep me in line, Scrutt Butt.” (This was a nickname, probably a malapropism, he used interchangeably for me, my three brothers or any other dawdler he was fond of).

This month I resolved to make my own list of the home projects I have been avoiding, and tick them off one by one in 2021. But I ended up with 47 items on my list, and just looking at it overwhelmed me. So I played some online bridge and then I took a nap.

But shortly after I awoke, I heard a voice in my

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Forget Lowe’s, Home Depot Is a Better Home-Improvement Stock

The home-improvement industry has been surging as the coronavirus pandemic has forced so many people to spend more time at home. Not only are they noticing more projects that need to be done, but since the home now needs to be an office, a school, and an entertainment center, they need to upgrade or overhaul existing spaces. On top of all that, data shows that more families are deciding to move out of cities and into suburbs — which means out of apartments and into houses.

While the changes in consumer behavior during the pandemic were good for the home-improvement industry overall, some companies are better equipped to take advantage than others. Here is why Home Depot (NYSE:HD) is a better way to invest in this change than Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW)

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Image source: Home Depot.

Prospects 

The outlook is bright for both Home Depot and Lowe’s, as consumers’ spending on their homes continues to take a larger share of overall spending. And while vaccinations against the coronavirus are under way, it may be a long time until everything is back to normal. That will give home-improvement retailers several more quarters of substantial revenue increases.

Moreover, one of the lasting consequences

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