A fresh coat of paint in a gorgeous neutral palette is one of the best (and most affordable!) investments you can make when selling your home. Fresh, welcoming greys, beiges and whites allow potential buyers to imagine themselves and furnishings in the space.
Ready to stage? Diamond Vogel offers Color Confidence, a collection of eighteen proven neutrals that allow your walls to become a canvas to showcase your home. Whether your home looks best dressed in warm or cool shades, this collection makes it easy to pinpoint the perfect hues for ceiling, trim, and walls.
● Living Rooms and Public Spaces: Use the same color throughout the public spaces like living rooms, dens and dining rooms. Using a monochromatic color scheme makes your space feel more spacious with a harmonious atmosphere. Additional colors can be added for bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens, but limit to no more than three colors throughout the house.
Diamond Vogel’s 0273 Sandstone Palette or 0183 Moth Wing are inviting neutral colors that work well in a variety of spaces.
● Bedrooms: Opt for tones that evoke feelings of rest and relaxation -- try 0217 Oak Tone or 0229 Feather Stone.
● Bathrooms: Many homeowners make the mistake of painting bold hues in the bathroom. When preparing your home for sale, choose a soothing neutral, but remember to coordinate with tile and bath fixtures – consider a soft gray like 0022 White Kitten or perhaps a warm gray like 0210 Hidden Cove. (Avoid deep, dark tones -- they’ll only make the room seem smaller!)
● Kitchens: Think light and bright. Choose neutrals that have a high light reflectance value (LRV). Colors with an LRV above 50 are lighter and bounce back more light than they absorb. Higher LRVs help create an illuminated “daytime” feel. Diamond Vogel’s 0530 Metro or 0537 Dove’s Wing are great choices.
● Refreshing a Ceiling: When choosing a white for your ceiling, be sure to choose either a warm or cool shade to complement the undertone of your wall and trim color.
Pro tip: Hold the color sample above your head in the room to be painted. A color will always appear darker on the ceiling.
● Tackling Trim: Beautiful trim is stunning when painted a contrasting color.
Pro tip: If your baseboard is plain, make it disappear by painting it the same color as the wall. The walls will look taller and buyers’ eyes will be drawn to the room’s best features.
● Adding interest: Introduce different sheens for visual interest, the higher the gloss, the darker the color will appear. However, the higher the sheen, the more the wall imperfections will show.
Pro tip: If walls aren’t perfect, stay with a flat sheen paint.
● De-clutter. Clear kitchen and bathroom counters. Give the impression of ample storage by cleaning closets and drawers.
● Tone it down. Remove any unnecessary furniture that might make your space seem smaller than it is. If necessary, store excess furniture off-site to create a sense of spaciousness.
● Clean to the Extreme. Ensure windows, floors, counters, fixtures, and appliances sparkle and all light-bulbs are working.
● Breathe Easy. An unusual odor can turn a perspective buyer off. Simmer cinnamon sticks before a showing but put away all traces before buyers arrive. And remember, if odors are too strong buyers may wonder if you are masking something.
● Keep It Fresh. Fresh flowers and fruit are the perfect accessory when selling your home.