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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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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.
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.
Move over emerald green. 2014 Pantone Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid, described as a captivating,magical, enigmatic purple.
“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”
“An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society,” she said.
The color has already made its way into red-carpet collections featured by Juicy Couture, Yoana Baraschi and more.
What can you expect from the Color of the Year? You can expect to see Radiant Orchid and it’s hues on just about every item you can possibly buy. And, while this selection may not be as punchy as those that have preceded it, I am totally up for the change of pace. I’m sure the cool shade will make for an amazing spring nail polish, a fuzzy scarf, and certainly, most positively some beautiful accent pillows adorning your sofa. In other words, commit Radiant Orchid to memory — you’re going to be spotting much more of it.