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Staging Your Home With Neutral Colors

Experts say that staged homes sell faster and for higher prices than those that are not, and I can’t agree more. Paint color is a low-cost but effective way of showcasing your home. The following home staging tips and ideas will help in guiding your choices.

The colors potential buyers see when they enter your home should be neutral so that the buyers will not be distracted by someone else’s style. They should see the walls of your home as a blank canvas on which to project their own preferences and style. But “neutral” doesn’t necessarily mean white. Using subtle color can actually enhance the buyer’s experience, so repaint walls that have strong colors with rich neutral hues.

Neutral colors to consider:

199 barley
1039 stone house
HC-98 providence olive



If your wallpaper has a distracting design or is outdated, remove it and add a fresh coat of paint for a more current, updated look. A low-sheen product will help reduce the imperfections on walls and ceilings. You can also use color to highlight the architectural details and features of your home.

Colors to consider for updating and refreshing:

HC-93 carrington beige
HC-45 shaker beige
HC-111 nantucket gray



Light, clean, organized spaces appear larger. So clean and declutter, and give your walls a fresh coat of paint in a light neutral color to bring the room to life and make it seem more expansive. One home staging idea that can help expand your space visually: paint the moldings the same color as the wall, which gives an illusion of higher walls.

Colors to consider for maximizing your space:

HC-81 manchester tan
HC-26 monroe bisque
2143-40 camouflage



First impressions are everything, so besides trimming your hedges and grass, be sure your front door and any fencing or mailbox posts are freshly painted. And because buyers love decks, porches, and patios, also make sure they’re freshly painted or stained.

Colors to consider for front doors:

AF-300 dinner party
HC-133 yorktowne green
HC-112 tate olive


Vacant Home Staging
If your home is vacant or sparsely furnished this service is for you also. To begin, I will meet with you and/or Real Estate Agent to review the home and go over its needs. I will work with you to determine your budget and get the best possible price for all the rental furniture and home accessories needed. I will be responsible for delivery, acceptance, and placement of all rental items that will create a warm and inviting home. When your home is sold I will de-stage the home and coordinate the furniture pick up. All of this keeps you from the stress of another move and puts your home in the best possible position to sell. The price for this service varies depending on the size of the home and the rental items required.

Holiday and Seasonal Decorating
Its Home for the Holidays with this package. I will use what you already have and go shop for those extra holiday touches to tweak your home and make it gorgeous and holiday ready!

How much will it cost?
The range could run from a few hundred to a few thousand depending on your needs. The fees also depend upon the size and condition of your home, how much work you are willing to do yourself. Staging is an investment, not a cost. You will actually make more money in two ways: your property will sell at a greater value and your property will sell faster which means less money spent in back-end costs, such as mortgage payments, taxes, etc. Not to mention the headaches and stress that goes along with having your home on the market.

Image by Horchow.

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