You'd like to paint to freshen everything up but find it really difficult to choose the right colour? I can be quite independent when I'm renovating and decorating, but when it comes to picking a paint colour, I go to the experts.
I go to local paint dealers that have a colour expert on staff and ask for advice. If you like to go it alone, the following was taken from the Benjamin Moore website to help those selling their homes choose a suitable colour. There's also some recommendations for painting the front door. Don't forget about how important the front door is, having the right colour can have a huge impact on the first impression of your home.
Experts say that staged homes sell faster and for higher prices than those that are not, and paint color is a low-cost but effective way of showcasing your home. The following home staging tips and ideas will help in guiding your paint color choices. For more detailed information on how to stage your home with paint colors, you can now view our webinar Using Color to Stage Your Home For Sale (39 MB).
The colors potential buyers see when they enter your home should be neutral so that the buyers will not be distracted by someone else's style. They should see the walls of your home as a blank canvas on which to project their own preferences and style. But "neutral" doesn't necessarily mean white. Using subtle color can actually enhance the buyer's experience, so repaint walls that have strong colors with rich neutral hues.
|Update and Refresh
If your wallpaper has a distracting design or is outdated, remove it and add a fresh coat of paint for a more current, updated look. A low-sheen product will help reduce the imperfections on walls and ceilings. You can also use color to highlight the architectural details and features of your home.
|Maximize Your Space
Light, clean, organized spaces appear larger. So clean and declutter, and give your walls a fresh coat of paint in a light neutral color to bring the room to life and make it seem more expansive. One home staging idea that can help expand your space visually: paint the moldings the same color as the wall, which gives an illusion of higher walls.
|Refresh Outside Spaces
First impressions are everything, so besides trimming your hedges and grass, be sure your front door and any fencing or mailbox posts are freshly painted. And because buyers love decks, porches, and patios, also make sure they're freshly painted or stained.