Minnesota Home Stager Report - The New Neutrals

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The three basic neutral hues used to be black, white, and beige.  Their inherent beauty was that they went with everything - the simple choices.  Then along came camel, taupe, and gray which provided more variations on the basic theme.  Today, however, the "new neutrals" have a completely new definition.  These are colors that simply and beautifully complement most of the other colors in the spectrum.

The right shade is the sticking point.  A soft buttery yellow will go with about everything, but school bus yellow looks best on buses,  rain slickers, and children's rubber duck boots.  Imagine a pale mustard shade that is not too bright and not too dull, but just quietly remains in the background, allowing furnishings to take the center stage.

 The same can be said of greenstage this! Please

Spring green or something closer to sage are your best options; think of how the first greens of spring complement every flower and how a dusty herbal shade has chameleon qualities.  In fact , many of today's new neutrals come directly from nature,  or the growing coffee business.

Latte, cappuccino, espresso, mocha -  are now common paint colors and very popular. 



 I added this photo of "Stage This -  Please " to just make your day!!


This is just a photo I found at Creative Commons - I thought the paint color was similar to a school bus yellow and the items just a hoot! 






                                                                                                                photo by mirror ghost

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Comments (6)

Val Allocco
Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island - Northport, NY
HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island


Is that actually someone's house or a 'display' in a store?  Scary, scary is all I can say!


Jul 14, 2007 03:24 AM
Cindy Richter
Interior Motiv Home Staging - Flower Mound, TX
IRIS Dallas, TX Home Stager
At first I thought it was a picture of your stock room, then I saw what I think is a picture of Jesus.  Then I knew it wasn't just because that is not what we put in staged homes!  Nice post.  I love greens!
Jul 14, 2007 03:49 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
I updated the blog - so you aren't all thinking this is my house - funny!   :)
Jul 14, 2007 06:14 AM
Joni Van Deventer
RoomByRoomRedesign - Midland, TX

Kathleen, it looks like a re-sale shop I go to sometimes, like Val said.  As we say in the business, "interesting, very." lol

Jul 21, 2007 12:28 PM
Susan Smith
Rooms That Work LLC - Sandy Hook, CT
I've always felt that nature colors are the most neutral.  So no, neutral doesn't have to be boring! Great post!
Jul 23, 2007 02:37 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
Thanks for your comments Joni and Susan - neutrals are soothing because they are what we see around us in nature and  are the most used to.
Jul 23, 2007 04:45 AM