NH Home Staging FAQ - Can You Help Me Choose Paint Colors?

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NH Home Staging FAQ -  Can You Help Me Choose Paint Colors?

color fan deckProbably the most frequently asked question I get, as a New Hampshire Home Stager, has to do with paint color selection.

 Most Home Staging consults result in a room or more needing paint....usually involving the choice of a new color.

Yes, I can help you choose the colors.  Color selection is a crucial part of any Home Stager's services.

When preparing your house for sale it's best to use neutral colors to appeal to the broadest range of buyers.  It's the interpretation of "neutral" that confuses most sellers.  Builders beige or white are what come to mind, but that's not what home stagers recommend. 

Neutral doesn't mean cold and sterile.  You want colors that are warm and inviting.  You want colors that compliment your furnishings and floors.  Don't paint every room a different color. Sticking to just two or three colors (plus trim color) throughout the house, creates a smooth flow from room to room.

Paint color can make or break a room.  It can compensate for negative features and it can enhance the positive.  Professional advice on the choice of color can save you time and money.


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 Home Selling Tip:  Meet with a stager PRIOR to meeting with your painter.  I've had clients tell me "we just had it painted" when I recommend they change a room color.   OOPS!

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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Sharon~ The color in the library in your "example" really makes the room pop.  The built-ins really stand out!  Good work!

Jun 08, 2012 03:55 AM #5
Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411

More excellent and simple advice from Sharon Tara.  Meet the stager BEFORE the painter.  Makes perfect sense to me.

Jun 08, 2012 06:53 AM #6
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Ha, you made me laugh Sharon because last night I was teaching a Community Ed class on Home Staging and I was having them pick good 'staging' colors and one lady picked the colors she had just painted her house. Dark Burgundy Red and Sea Foam Green. 1986 was a very good year. :)

Jun 08, 2012 08:09 AM #7
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

I use the term neutralize doesn't mean sterilize all the time. There are vast array of neutrals out there, having help in selecting one for selling if you don't know is key!

Jun 08, 2012 08:11 AM #8
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Sharon, terrific post! I've had clients who have just painted as well. Too bad it's usually the wrong color ;).

Jun 09, 2012 06:58 AM #9
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives


In the first photo I see stuff and my eyes immediately goes to the bookshelf and I think to myself... how much effort it is to clean house and get organized.

In the second photo, the fireplace pops because of the colors on the walls and I have a completely different feeling about why I'd want to live there. I could see myself relaxing by the fireplace, curled up on a cozy couch or a comfortable chair with a good book and a refreshing beverage within a short reach away.

Jun 10, 2012 01:29 AM #10
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sheila:  I don't remember what the color is...this was from my very first staging...over 6 sixs years ago! 

Roger:  Too many people think "neutral" can't be dark.  And too many people think every room a different color is a good thing.  Picking color is a very difficult thing to do alone!

Al & Peggy:  You surprised me by mentioning my colors!  I'm both impressed and flattered!

Joanna:  I enjoy color consults because it's all about making the homeowner happy and catering to their taste. It's not as easy as neutralizing to sell, but just as satisfying.

Donna:  That is what I told the seller....the built-ins and the fireplace are not being highlighted and they need to be the focal point of the room.

Lloyd:  Thank you!  

Shar:  Oh boy.  That had to be an awkward moment for you.  How did you handle it without embarrassing her??

Karen:  I'm the first to admit that I need help sometimes too.  More times than not, it's just validation that you need to push you off the fence!

Janice:  I hate it when that happens!  It's difficult telling them that they could have made a better choice.  I've only actually had clients re-paint a couple times.  The other times we worked with the color they chose and made the best of it.

Patricia:  Great example of just how MLS pictures can influence your emotional feelings!


Jun 10, 2012 06:38 AM #11
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Sharon, I've had clients who called me after painter came. I wish I was there earlier. They usually refuse to repaint. Doing repairs and upgrades before Staging consultation is like putting a carriage in front of the horse ;-)

Jun 10, 2012 07:55 AM #12
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Anna:  Good analogy!  I had a seller recently call and say she would call bacl to schedule the consult right after the painter had come and gone.  NO!!!!  Once I explained why she should have me there first, we scheduled her consult.

Jun 10, 2012 09:18 PM #13
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C
Sharon. Such a good point. I often find home owners go ahead and paint rooms a pale yellow. I guess in their mind they're thinking it will be light and cheery, but more often than not it just doesn't look right. I so wish they'd called me in before selecting the paint colour!
Jun 11, 2012 03:07 AM #14
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sally:  Many sellers rely on the painter to help them select a color and I know many painters who are the first to admit they have no clue.  Being a good painter does not mean you understand colors and are the one to ask for help with selection.

Jun 11, 2012 07:52 AM #15
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Sharron - I get that all the time too - "We just painted" ...and it's usually white! It's always best to consult a home stager before painting because only once you've used a color many times do you know it really works. White is not a color I recommend, but it's better than purple, lol! Great post!

Jun 12, 2012 09:28 AM #16
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kristine:  "It's better than purple" - agreed!  Thanks for commenting!

Jun 12, 2012 09:42 AM #17
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Sharon, great points and smashing photo! That wall colour really features the fireplace and built in!

Jun 12, 2012 12:37 PM #18
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Peg:  My very first staging job....a million dollar home in drastic need of help!  I'll always remember my "first" with fondness!

Jun 13, 2012 12:43 AM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- the color you chose for that room made the fireplace pop.  In the before picture, the buyer would say "Fireplace?  Oh I didn't see it."

Jun 14, 2012 11:22 AM #20
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kathy:  Such a shame when nice features don't POP!  I love this room!

Jun 14, 2012 11:04 PM #21
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

So we are moving back to our home in Washington state next month and the boys have already stated they want their own paint colors for their room.  bright green and bright blue.... we are thinking of compromising to a one wall state.. HA! But you're right.... neutral doesn't mean blah!

Jul 02, 2012 10:12 AM #22
Valerie Zinger
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada - Ottawa, ON
Home Organizer

Sharon:  The darker colour makes the white pop.  I love it.  

Jul 02, 2012 10:21 PM #23
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Tammy:  My parents allowed me to have my room any way I wanted it when I was a kid and I did the same with my kids.  It's not always easy to do.... some compromise and guidance when choosing colors is a good idea.  Maybe choose three greens and three blues you can live with and then let them have the final say.

Valerie:  Thank you!

Jul 03, 2012 06:35 AM #24
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