Go Neutral: When you are selling your home, you want to prevent using personal favorite colors – like dark blues, oranges and purples since lots of people do not have furniture, drapes and devices that go with those colors. Painting your home white or off-white could be safe – but it’s dull and you want your the home to stick out. If your home is remembered you home will sell!
Here are some of my preferred neutral paint colors that are warm, inviting and just memorable enough to appeal to the majority of buyers.
Benjamin Moore Monroe Beige: This is a warm beige that looks beautiful in most rooms. I used it just recently in an apartment family-room – the home got an offer in 3 days. It worked well with the house owner’s velvety yellow leather chair and love seat. Important note: Because the tone of the furniture, the oak flooring and the wall color were closely tied on the color wheel, the combined effect made the room look larger. This is also a fantastic color for a basements, bathrooms, really just about anywhere. If the basement does not get much light – include some white accents and paint the trim white to give it just the pop of brightness to set it off.
Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige: This is an interior designer favorite for lots of factors. It’s a remarkable taupe color that will blend with nearly everything. I have actually combined it with crisp white wainscoting and moldings in a sophisticated dining room – it looks gorgeous. In the exact same apartment, I blended simply the tint of this paint in genuine Venetian Plaster for the home’s entranceway. I also used the tint in a metallic plaster for the living space.
This is a fantastic way to use the exact same color throughout a home without it appearing that you have done so. The different textures and subtle differences that come from tinting the different mediums makes for a home that flows congruently and beautifully while never looking boring.
Designer Trick – If you like the shade but wish it were just a bit lighter for one of the rooms, simply mix in a little white paint and you will have just what u need.
Suggestion for Making Your Home Seem Larger: When choosing paint colors, try to use a color that is closely relevant to your furniture, flooring and fabrics in the room. Just as I chose Monroe Beige for the living room in the condominium due to the fact that it was a close color match to the sofa, you should follow suit.
This little trick keeps the visitors eye from fixating on a particular focal point and “opens” the room.
The only space that I would think about utilizing a deeper tone would be a powder room. Let’s face it, a powder room is small, so you might as well go bold here.
Simply add some artwork to draw out the color a bit more and add some guest towels that match or compliment the color and you will have a striking, memorable little room that will stick in your visitor’s mind.