When you are ready to sell your home, the first thing you will need to do is assess the condition of your home and if it is market ready. This may include remodeling bathrooms or the kitchen, or be as simple as cleaning and painting your home. Choosing a paint color is one of the easiest and most important steps in prepping your home for sale.
Neutral Paint Colors Are Not Always the Best
Choosing the right paint colors for your home can make it stand out from the competition. Traditionally, sellers assume that painting the interior of their home a neutral white is the best option. However, this isn’t necessarily true anymore. Here are some tips to paint your home in a way that will catch buyers’ eyes.
Minimize the Clutter, Including Color, in Your Home
Reducing the clutter in your home is the first step in preparing your home for staging. And this includes taking a look at the colors in your home. Packing up your furniture and personal belongings to keep the home clean and depersonalized is the first step. Then, be sure to keep a common color palette throughout the home, which means packing up items that clash with the rest of your furniture, such as the one blue table in the corner or the yellow lamp in the living room.
Make Your Color Staging Plan
To get your home color-ready for sale, it’s best to begin by creating a color palette. You will be referring to your palette often, so choose the method that works best for you. If you are short on time, creating a neutral color scheme can be a time-saver. In decorating, creating a color scheme is the first step to finding the right colors palette for your home. When you are staging a home, you can skip ahead to a color palette by using a color story, or simply work with the majority of colors already in place.
How to Create a Staging Color Story
Creating a story is often the first step a designer or stager takes when preparing a color palette for staging. Home buyers often choose a home because of how they assume their life will be while living in the home. How a buyer feels in your home can be as important as the amenities the home offers. When creating your home’s story, ask yourself: What image do you want to give buyers about living there?
Appeal to Home Buyers With the Right Color Palette
If you want to convey a sense that your home is a peaceful place to recharge after a busy week, you would choose colors that are soothing, natural, and calm. A monochromatic color scheme is the most soothing choice for staging a home. If you want to instead convey that the house is perfect for an artistic and creative person, you could decorate with lively colors and artsy accessories. The secret is to use color to enhance your home’s possibilities, not your own personal style. Creating a story for your home should take you thirty minutes or less. Buyers choose a home based on how they imagine their lives will be when they move in. Your job is to tell that story to the buyers so that they can see themselves living in your home.
Once you know your home’s story, creating a color palette can be simple. A color palette can come from a Pinterest page, where you’ve collected inspirational photos for each room, a design board with photos and color swatches attached, or a file folder filled with clipped-out inspiration. Whichever style of inspiration you choose, be sure to label each item or sort them by rooms, to make it easier to choose paint, accessories, and furnishings.
Creating an inspirational color palette based on a story is a fun and simple approach way to stage your home for sale. If you don’t have a lot of time, you can make the process simple using a few basic color strategies in your home, like using one or two hues of neutral paint with pops of accent color throughout your home.