Are Neutral or Colorful Paints Best for Home Staging?
Anyone who wants to sell their house quickly should become familiar with the best approaches for home staging. When sellers make a property look more welcoming and attractive, buyers respond with swifter, more generous offers. Applying a fresh coat of paint on every wall and porch rail and everything in between is something every designer can agree upon. What color paint is best to use is debatable.
Actually, there is not a lot of controversy in the real estate industry over whether brightly painted rooms or more neutral colors have bigger selling points – shades of off white will usually win the argument, hands down. But some have discovered that pushing the boundaries by using subtle colors with neutral qualities also creates the desired level of appeal. Other designers believe stand-out colors are best for home staging.
The prevailing philosophy is that a home stager’s goal is to ensure that the largest number of potential home buyers will be drawn to a home partly because of wall color, which is why the recommended color palette is most often made up of whites and cream colors. For those who believe even subtle pops of color can make a home stand out more successfully among some buyers, it’s preferable to paint wall colors in more interesting neutral shades. Advocates of color are of the opinion that panache sells and bolder hues add life to a house.
Shades of White/Cream
Strictly neutral paint colors are believed to be most effective at creating a blank canvas for potential home buyers. People can project their own styles and preferences more easily if the walls are neutral in color. When it comes to the exterior of the home, you just can’t go wrong painting the walls white because it makes a house look larger, sharper, and cleaner. White also reflects light in a shady yard. When a white home is trimmed with a different color, the house is even more of a stand-out. Anyone who thinks white is boring has never seen all of the many shades of white there are to choose from.
For interior spaces, light neutral shades make a room seem larger and brighter. Cream-colored paint translates impressively in online photographs. There are many in the buyers’ market, however, who are uninspired by eggshell white. In fact, many designers would suggest that it’s a mistake to paint the entire home interior with the same shade of white.
Earth tones and neutral shades such as soft greens, grays, and tans are warm, inviting, and evoke an atmosphere of relaxation. Rooms with a lot of glass, wood, stone, or metal are especially complemented by earth tones of green, brown, orange, and blue. Coffee is a popular earth tone which goes beautifully with hardwood floors. Browns can also add warmth to small spaces. Gray has emerged as a highly popular neutral shade with urban sophistication.
A few designers suggest home staging with the use of some brightly colored paints. For many potential buyers, strong colors will inspire equally strong negative reactions. But the major selling point for some buyers will be the whimsical shades in the bathroom or the spicy mustard walls in the dining room.
The overall consensus may be that too much of any particular shade in a home interior is not a good thing. The most effective approach may be to paint a home mostly in neutral shades of cream with some rooms that have subtle hues, such as earthy tones. For the brave and unconventional, paint a small space with bolder colors, as long as the finished look is tasteful.
Our paint professionals are familiar with the colors used for home staging. Call us today to schedule painting or for help choosing paint shades for your home.
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