Staging Your Home For Sale With Neutral Colors
“Paint Your Home in Neutrals” … Good advice for staging your home for sale. What is a neutral color palette in home staging? Before you get a mental picture of your entire home painted like the desert sand, consider the idea that “neutral” isn’t limited to white and beige.
A Neutral Color Palette in Home Staging
After consulting with home stagers for several years, I’ve picked up some basics about decorating a home to appeal to buyers. The colors potential buyers see when they enter your home should be neutral so that they won’t be distracted by your personal style. They should be able to picture their own belongings in your home.
Using neutrals can mean more than white and beige, there are many subtle colors that can enhance the look of a room, and thereby enhance the buyers experience. Rich neutral hues can include many tinted soft colors, like these Benjamen Moore colors:
A tinted neutral can add to the feel of a room in changing light. It can also play on the colors of your decorating themes. A low-sheen paint will help hide imperfections in the drywall. The more glossy the paint, the more it stands out.
You can paint the moldings the same color as the wall to add to the illusion of height. Or, you can use color to highlight architectural details of your home. By painting the moldings a different shade, or a higher gloss, you can make them stand out.
Style and Color in Home Staging
Gray is the New Black
Gray is a color that works well with modern decorating. Gray is clean, soothing, and appeals to both genders. According to color psychology, gray is the color of compromise and cooperation, an un-emotional color. It makes a great choice for a neutral shade when staging a contemporary space.
Gray walls are perfect to add a pop of accent color:
Sunshine Infused Neutrals
Colors infused with yellow, the color that evokes cheerfulness and hope, include:
- Cream, Beiges and Barley
- Lemon Sorbet – The Color of the Year for 2013 —->
Bringing Nature Inside
Green hues are great for bringing a bit of the natural world inside. A blue-green shade can evoke a coastal or beach aura in a room. Blue and green hues are soothing and relaxing and are traditionally great for bedrooms.
Kitchens and Living Rooms can also benefit from a wash of green or blue. Sometimes a busy room can be calmed with the addition of blue or green tinted neutral walls.
Playing with Energy
Red hues bring up the energy in a room. But painting in all-out fire-engine red is risky. Not very many rooms can handle this color, much less buyers. But you can use a tinted neutral to bring energy to a room. These rooms use a bit of the color, creating a peach hue that plays with the natural light, adding to the drama and energy:
The natural hues of wood features and stone fireplaces and walls can be enhanced by the subtle shades of neutrals painted on the walls.
Textured paint adds depth and richness to neutral paints that otherwise might appear flat. This textured paint is great in a small space, and goes a long way with a subtle paint shade.
Additional Reading: Four Common Home Staging Mistakes