Paint colours for home resale
Paint colours for home resale
Let us help you choose the best paint colours to use when selling your home.
One of the most important rules of thumb when you're preparing your home for sale is to look at it from a buyer's point of view, not just from your own.
Nowhere is that truer than in the wall colours you choose. You may love
strong colours and have very stylish interior decor that goes with them,
but colour can present several drawbacks when it comes to resale.
As Toronto designer Shelley Kirsch points out, "Colour adds a lot of personality to an environment -- which is good and bad.
If a buyer is very visual, they can see beyond a certain colour; but if
they aren't, the colour can distract, making it hard for them to
visualize themselves in the room."
Of course, that needn't mean
you should always paint all the rooms boring beige before you put a
house on the Calgary real estate market. In fact, that could conceivably have the opposite
effect, making a house seem plain-Jane (especially if it's limited in
architectural detail or is under-furnished).
The ideal, in
Kirsch's view, is to choose colours with just the right touch of life to
them: neutral enough to present a blank canvas,but interesting enough
to add some character. We asked her to give us some of her favourite
all-round paint colours, both for resale and for very livable interiors
Quincy Tan HC-25, Benjamin Moore
"I find this
putty-grey-beigey-taupe to be a very neutral, non-competitive colour,
but it also adds a certain depth and character that brings out the
beauty of the home, rather than merely acting as a backdrop. Also, it
allows you to use accents in stronger colours and still maintain a
40YY-51/084, ICI Paints.
is very trendy right now, especially warm greys like this one. It's
especially beautiful in townhouses, with architectural detail picked out
in white trim, like cornice and crown mouldings, or marble. It's a very
sophisticated colour, and classic settings like this seem to suit it
better than modern or too-bright settings, which might make it look
Stone White 11, Farrow & Ball.
"This has a
vintage, mission feeling to it that I like. They call it a white, but
it's really a chalky grey-green. It's beautiful with gumwood trim, wood
floors, in fact any natural wood
Sesame, Sico Paints.
want the warmth of yellow but are unsure -- and I consider yellows to
be the hardest colour in the palette to work with -- you might want to
try going for an amber or cloudy yellow instead. This is a beautiful,
soft greyed yellow that looks marvellous with Cloud White [Benjamin
Moore OC-40] trim."
Silver Blonde 2141, Pratt & Lambert.
mushroomy tone like this one is very versatile. It looks equally lovely
with red, or with cream upholstery. This is what you'd call the most
˜circular' of colours, in that it looks lovely with both light and dark
woods and accents. It's a clean, modern, almost Scandinavian look."
Note: Swatch colours may appear different on some monitors.