Home Staging Tip-Neutral Doesn’t Have to Be Boring.
Sometimes I see extremes when viewing homes for staging. On the one hand are homes that haven’t seen a color they didn’t like! But more often than not, I’ve been seeing homes that took neutral far too seriously.
Neutral doesn’t have to be boring! It’s taken years to convince home sellers that painting every room white is NOT what you want to do. But some houses seem to go overboard with neutral ie.beige.
Focus on why stagers and real estate agents suggest a neutral palatte when selling your house.
It’s not to make everything look bland. But it’s all about finding a happy middle ground that will appeal to the majority of buyers.
Choosing neutral colors will allow your buyers to see your space and see all of the possibilities it holds for them.
However, neutral doesn’t have to be boring. In the photo at left, I added color virtually with an app and added art via Ribbet to show the seller what could be done.
What to do?
1.Work with your agent or home stager to see if your color palate will help or hinder your home sale. If someone tells you just to paint everything white, smile and walk the other way. There are so many different neutrals that can warm a room and give it depth.
2.Once you pick your color, let it run throughout the house. Remember you’re selling your house and hope to broaden the range of possible buyers. Accent walls? Talk to your stager first.
I’ve often had the paint company cut the color in half if I wanted to add some variation to the color.
3.Start adding pops of color.
You can add some pops of color with throw pillows; a painted piece of furniture; artwork; a lamp … use your imagination.
Some people will follow this rule of thumb- if you add a coral pillow, for example, repeat that color at least 2 more times in the room. They can also be variations of that color.
While you are adding color, don’t forget to keep the basic principle of staging your home in mind- you do not want to want to make the buyer do the eye bounce by having too much or too many of anything.
4.Let nature help.
Adding a tall plant in the corner adds height, color, and depth. A single orchid in your master bath takes it from just a bathroom to an elegant spa.
Neutral doesn’t have to be boring! Help your buyers see the possibilities of your space with color!