A fresh coat of paint can work wonders to update the look and feel of your home. That's one reason why picking up a brush and roller is often the top recommendation when preparing a home for sale. And most realtors recommend choosing neutral hues.
“Neutrals allow prospective home buyers to picture themselves living in the home,” explains Marian Barry, broker-owner at Royal LePage True North Realty in Fort McMurray, Alberta. “A pallet that's too strong may not be to everyone's taste. But fortunately today's options go far beyond the typical boring beige.”
Barry points out that contemporary neutrals have a lighter touch with a slight shift towards pastels. She offers the following tips for choosing paint colours that'll rejuvenate your surroundings and do the heavy lifting should you decide to sell:
1. Select a shade drawn from prominently displayed artwork, accessories or furnishings. Doing so will ensure that your home is one step closer to show time, leaving you less work down the road when preparing for the sale.
2. Consider adjacent rooms. Think about how your chosen colour will interact with neighbouring rooms. Strive for complimentary hues from a colour wheel to provide natural flow from room to room.
3. Factor in the time of day the room is most often used. While you may be tempted to paint a basement room a bright sunny yellow, if it's mostly used in the evenings, shades of blue, green, or grey may be more appropriate.
4. Bring home a paint sample or oversized paint chip. Make an informed choice and examine how it looks in your room under various lighting conditions before you commit.
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