When it comes to selling your home, something known as ‘staging’ is all important. Put simply, staging is the preparation of your home for selling by making it as appealing as possible to potential buyers. The better a house is staged and the more people can imagine themselves living there, and the quicker it is likely to sell, and for more money.
Your color scheme plays a large part in staging. The color of your walls is particularly important. Luckily, painting walls is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to update your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers. So what colors should you choose?
Colors to avoid
There are a number of colors to avoid when it comes to selling your home. Dark colors make rooms look smaller and closed in. Some colors, such as reds and burgundy’s tend to evoke specific reactions that can be off putting. Bright, saturated colors, such as orange and bright yellows look cheap and can be overpowering. Many different colors make homes look smaller and cluttered.
Feminine colors such as pinks and lavenders, and warm colors such as pale yellow and those with orange undertones should also be avoided. Off white colors with yellow undertones are now seen as dated. Linen white should be especially avoided as it’s used in many rental apartments, and is seen as cheap.
Although light, neutral colors are recommended, perhaps surprisingly, white should be avoided when staging your home unless it’s extremely modern. White can look cold, sterile and uninviting.
The best colors for selling your home
Having avoided white, it can be tempting to opt for beige. This is another no-no. Beige is a warm color, and the current preference is for cool colors, such as gray. Gray in particular has become one of the most popular colors for house buyers.
There are many variations of the color gray, and choosing the right one for your space is important. Grays can come with undertones of blue, taupe, or green. Or, for a slightly warmer look that is still cool in tone, there is greige – a beige-based gray that can be particularly appealing.
For bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms, light or pale blue is another popular option that works well, particularly with white units or dark, hardwood flooring.
Choosing a color
All colors come in a range of shades. And what works in one room may not work in another one. The best way to judge which colors work in your home is to get testers from your local store and try the different shades on your walls. You may need to try them in different areas of your room, as lighting will affect how they look even in the same room.
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