Sunday, October 18, 2009

“Paint to Sell” Best neutral colors to help sell your home

From Star Tribune, September 20,2009

1. Ground Ginger from Behr: “A pale olive that is not too overwhelming,” says house stager Monica Murphy of Preferred Staging in Loudoun County, VA.

2. Kilim Beige from Sherwin-Williams: “This khaki color makes the house more useful-looking, covers up flaws and has a very crisp look,” according to Lynn Chevalier with Staged Right in Falls Church, VA.

3. Marshmallow from Sherwin-Williams: Recommended by Lynn Chevalier of Staged Right in Falls Church, VA “for near-white paint trim.”

4. Pale Smoke from Benjamin Moore: “This is a soothing pale blue-gray that reflects well in photos and is good for bedrooms” says Leigh Newport of Staged by Design in Leesburg, VA.

5. Rain from Sherwin-Williams: Lyric Turner from Lyric Turner Red House Staging in Washington, DC recommends this smokey blue for bathrooms because “most homes have white bathroom fixtures.”

6. Rice Paddy from Duron: Deb Gorham, a real estate agent in Clifton, VA likes to use it on accent walls, especially “in kitchens above the sink area.” She says “celery green goes well with uba tuba granite counters.”

7. Wickham Gray from Benjamin Moore: “Use to cover up bright colors, especially red dining rooms which need to be neutralized,” says Buckalew of Omni Home Staging

8. Woodmont Cream from Benjamin Moore: “This pale, neutral color helps make rooms look brighter and airy, even in small spaces. It also goes well with oak cabinets,” says Cindy Fortin of Cynthia Anne Interiors in Loudoun County, VA.

Other tips:
*It’s OK to not re-paint children’s rooms, as this can be too upsetting to them
*Bathrooms can done in more whimsical colors, like pumpkin, deeper green or silver gray (according to Monica Murphey)

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