Do you like your website? That's good! You will be eager to work with your designer again. But it has nothing to do with performance.
Your visual designer will take care of it. Visual designers are the only ones that will think about trends when looking on your website.
Trends do not have much impact on website performance. And "old" websites may be percieved more trustworthy.
There is huge visual design theory that can help you lower the risk of website failure. It is pitty, that not many visual designers know about it.
Ads are annoying for most people and so they tend to ignore anything that looks like an ad.
We have already said that opinions do not count. How can we objectively evaluate our designs? You can test visitors perceptions!