Laura Davis Designs Greige

Although not to the degree that Doctors get solicited for advice on pain at dinner parties, I do get asked the following question a lot: “What is the best color to paint the main walls of my home for resale?” And I smile, because it’s a great question to ask a professional like myself with years of industry experience. 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 perspective. Where your personal colour preferences may be strong & bold, keep in mind that these types of colours can present several drawbacks when it comes to resale.

Color can add a lot of personality to an environment, which can be good and bad. The majority of buyers cannot see past the first 5 seconds of entering your home. They either like it or not. The key to making a great first impression is to set the tone for the potential buyer: they have to be able to imagine themselves in the room as the owner. A tangerine-orange wall might be a wonderful, vibrant and fun color but also very a very distracting one.

Don’t despair, this does not mean that you should always paint all the rooms a boring beige before you put a house on the market. In fact, that could conceivably have the opposite effect by making a house seem “plain-jane” and undistinguished from the market competition.
The goal in painting a home for re-sale is to choose colours with just the right touch of life in them; natural enough to present a blank canvas but interesting enough to add some flair. Here are some of my favorite “greige” colours, both for resale and for very livable interiors. Greige is my favorite neutral because it goes with everything .

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laura_davis_designs_top_5_greige_colors_111.  Revere Pewter.  This is my all time favorite color to use when in doubt.  This is a true gray, not brown or blue, just gray.  It can take on the personality of any room and help combine your style.



2.  Rockport Gray – This is a very nice,warm, almost brown. A slight hint of a purple undertone, but not much. I might tend to use this color for a feature wall.


laura_davis_designs_top_5_greige_colors_333.  Quiver Tan by Sherwin Williams. This color is a medium dark, and brings on a rich, soothing feeling to a room. This color works excellent in South facing rooms with lots of light.  




















4.  Wheat Bread by Behr is another versatile warm gray, a bit more cool than Revere Pewter, a better choice if you want more of a white walls feel.  


5.  Pavillion Gray by Farrow & Ball.  I love all Farrow & Ball colors.  This color is reminiscent of an elegant colour used in Sweden in the late 18th century under Gustav III. Mid Tones Undercoat.