Crowd-Pleasing Paint Colors for Staging Your Home
Paint is the cheapest way to update or refresh your home. It is especially important to update and refresh your walls when you’re putting your home on the market. Remember, the overall goal of home staging is to make each room feel fresh, inviting and neutral enough so that prospective buyers can imagine themselves living there. That doesn’t mean we have to go back to the days of “relocation beige” (am I dating myself here?) which is why elegant, crowd pleasing neutral pain colors can help you stage your home to perfection. (Your professional stager will love you for taking this step too!)
Start by selecting a neutral paint color that coordinates with your furnishings and finishes. The following dark neutrals can add style while maintaining a look perfect for selling.
Gray has been the new white for years but not all grays are created equal. Gray is a combination of gray and beige and is an extremely versatile color. I recently used a greige color in a condo that hasn’t had the cabinets or counters updated since it was built in 1985! The owner wanted a more modern gray, but the counter tops are almost caramel colored and gray was not going to work.
Enter, Sandy Toes by Kelly Moore. If you think of wet sand, you have the right idea for greige. It’s the perfect color for so many homes. We’re planning on painting another one the same color because it’s modern, without being too modern for older folks, and it’s neutral without being boring.
Robins Egg Blue
I always refer to this type of blue as a grown-up turquoise. A warm medium blue with sunny undertones, bird’s egg blue is an elegant choice for living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms, particularly when the rest of the room is white, beige or gray. Possibly not for everyone, but it’s a beautiful option if it works with the furnishings.
Charcoal, a deep gray, is a perfect dark neutral that can raise the style factor in a room as well as add a refreshing cool tone that complements beige and orange wood hues. Adding subdued drama, it works well in light-filled rooms or on an accent wall, especially in smaller rooms or on walls where you want to feature an architectural element.
For a stylish contrast, coordinate charcoal walls with accessories and furniture in lighter colors, such as whites and pale beiges. In a dark room it can conceal any shadows and replace an overall dark feeling with a serene and stylish one.
Another Popular Dark Neutral – Navy Blue
Navy blue works fantastically in traditional homes but also adds sophistication, drama and a feeling of refined maturity to a room. Navy works well in a light filled room or as a feature wall in a dining room, office or bedroom. Navy in a teenaged boys room is an excellent choice.
Sunny yellow – not your moms yellow
In a cozy, light filled bedroom, this colors sunny disposition can add a layer of charm to otherwise neutral furniture. Seen in the main photo with white furniture, my bedroom has black furniture with golden walls and it doesn’t look like a bumblebee! Look for yellows with a creamy undertone that isn’t overly bright. A mellow yellow coordinates with most wood hues, earth tones, blues and pastel colors. (It works great with my purple bedding!)
If you’re concerned that charcoal, navy or even a sunny yellow would turn off potential buyers then opt for creamy whites. Creamy white has an undertone of pale beige or ‘greige’, without being too yellow. The added warmth can give a stark room a welcoming glow without adding color. It also allows for pops of color in furnishings or accessories to really take center stage in the room.