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Open floor planBuying or decorating a new home in Claremore, Oklahoma? You might not be aware but there are some beautiful yet secretly dangerous home design trends lurking out there. We’re not saying you can’t jump on the open concept floor plans or outfit your home with beautiful reclaimed wood, we’re just opening your eyes to the potential dangers that could be hiding in plain sight.

You want your home to be inviting and beautiful but take care that you aren’t putting style over functionality or even safety. Here are some top trends that are a little low-key sketchy.

Open-Everything!

You can’t watch 10 minutes of HGTV without hearing about open floor plants or floating shelves, what could be harmful in being able to see into other rooms or having some awesome looking storage solutions?

Open Floor Plans - Open floor plans are a must-have of many home buyers but they do come with a few added risks. Open concepts have less structural load-bearing walls and they can also help a fire spread faster leading to more damage at a must faster rate.

Open Staircases - Staircases without banisters make the room look larger and give a more modern flair but they are a huge fall risk, especially if you have children or older adults living there.

Floating Shelves - Shelves that magically jut out from the wall without properly anchored braces might look pretty but a little too much weight can have them crashing down on your head. Ancor shelves, bookcases, dressers and other heavy storage solutions to the wall to avoid risk.

All About That Vintage Life

We love the style of days gone by and what’s not to love about the mod decor of the ’70s or even the art deco of the ’20s and ’30s? Style trends always come back around but you need to be mindful of using actual pieces that come from the distant past.

Vintage Light Fixtures - Everything old is new again, hurray! But think twice before buying vintage lamps and lights at antique malls. Wiring and electric work weren’t as good back in the day and older wiring can dry out and become a fire hazard.

Vintage Appliances - The same thing goes for vintage appliances, some say they work better longer and they certainly have nostalgic charm but they can be hazardous to your health if you don’t have it cleaned by a professional.

Reclaimed Wood - Salvaged antique wood is all the rage but the pieces are typically very dry and covered in chipping paint which could contain lead. 

Have fun decorating your home but never put style over your family’s safety! Call us to make sure that your home is adequately covered with Claremore home insurance.

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