Paint Colours for Home Staging
Do you want to know the easiest and least expensive way to prepare your home for selling?
Updating and freshening your paint colours for home staging gives you the “biggest bang for your buck” and can make the difference between selling as quickly as possible and languishing on the market for a long period of time.
While dramatic and dark colours are great for decorating, the vast majority of purchasers are looking to move in without the expense and hassle of painting the walls of their new castle. Because fresh, neutral colours will appeal to a wider range of buyers and make it easier to envision their furnishings in your house – it is well worth the investment of time and money.
What colours appeal to today’s buyers?
Maria Killam, the world renowned and amazing colour expert (Ok, maybe I am a teeny bit biased because I took my colour training from her, but she really is amazing) explains colour trends in this post. She says:
we’re currently in the middle of a 10-year neutral trend cycle with grey. Before grey, we were all about brown, and before that, maybe you remember sage green. Many of us can even recall the forest green trend of the 80s.
But….those of you who hate (and I mean seriously dislike) gray, please do not think I am going to advise you to run out and paint your entire house a cold blah cement coloured gray. Blechhh. In fact, rooms with gray walls, black furniture and nary a colour in sight are not warm and inviting, are they?
As Maria notes:
the reason grey is trendy right now is that it provides a crisp backdrop to the bold, clean and colourful hues we’re all decorating with now…happy colours need grey as a backdrop because the beiges we were using as part of the brown trend generally die when combined with clean colours. Pale beiges are allowed, but the darker ones mostly look dirty.
While there is no “one-size-fits-all” paint colour and your eventual choice needs to work with the fixed elements (such as tile, flooring, countertops) and furnishings that are staying in your space, the following are some paint colour choices to help narrow your search.
A Perfect Gray Neutral
One of the best gray neutrals to use as a backdrop to clean colours is Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl. It has a touch of blue but reads as a light neutral gray. It works equally well with crisp whites or warm wood tones. As you can see in the dining room below it is a lovely backdrop for shades of blue, a colour that appeals to the majority of people.
White is not only Chill but Awesome!
According to my teenager, whom I embarrass daily, “chill” is (kind of) today’s version of “cool” so of course I had to fit it in somewhere!
White is a great colour for staging. Famous home stager, Meridith Baer, frequently paints the walls of her staged homes white or cream, which she believes will make your room look inviting.
Before you start painting the walls white, make sure that your room gets a lot of natural light. White paint will not make a dark room brighter, it will simply look dark and dingy. I know it sounds complicated, but Maria Killam explains it perfectly here.
Benjamin Moore’s Dove White, is a lovely soft off-white with a teeny drop of gray, which does not read too yellowish or creamy.
Grays are not all alike!
Pale blue-grays are very soothing and appealing. They work well with pinky tones and can provide an updated look to tired and dated pink-beige tiles. I wrote about one of my favourites, Benjamin Moore’s Horizon in this post.
Although a pale silvery blue-gray is serene and pretty for a bedroom, this colour would work equally well in an open-concept space since it does not appear cold and lifeless like some grays.
Another pretty blue-gray neutral is Benjamin Moore’s Wickham Gray from the historical colour selection. I wrote about this fresh, airy gray with a blue-green undertone in this post.
Grays can be Warm!
Gray can also have green or warm tones. Two popular warm grays from Benjamin Moore are:
One of my favourite warm grays is from Para Paints – Fan light Grey. This ideal “greige” shade presents as a mixture of beige and gray and is perfect for those who wish to freshen their space but want to stay away from cooler grays.
Hopefully these neutrals will give you a few ideas and inspiration to add some fresh colour to your space!
If you need any help or ideas for choosing the ideal paint colours, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org