I was showing homes to a client today when I walked into something that gave me more of a jar than my first cup of coffee.
Entering the foyer of a brand new home, I saw red. ... and lilac, maroon, olive green and, eventually a bright yellow kitchen. This was all within my initial eyeshot as I entered this house. I could not help but to gasp as the listing broker said, "Wait until you see upstairs."
On the second level there was a purple room, a bright pink room and a mint green room. In the master bedroom, there were green walls and dark brown wall to wall carpeting (completely different from the rest of carpeting on that level.)
This is something that I would usually expect of an older home that people have been gradually trying to redecorate over the years. But, this was a brand new home!
From my experience of growing up in the seventies, I can say that I enjoy colors as much as anyone. However, from experience as a real estate agent, I would strongly advise against doing this to a home - unless you are going to live there for the rest of your life.
Decorating a home to your own taste is a wonderful thing. It is a reflection of your personality. But, overdoing it with intensely personal and loud colors will reduce its appeal to potential buyers. Most people cannot imagine themselves living in a home with over-powering décor. It's just not - comfortable.
When buyers walk through a home with too many loud colors all they are thinking is, "Just how much is going to cost us to redo all of this?"
So, just as when you buy, think resale - when you decorate, do the same.
Claudette Millette, Broker, Owner, The Buyers' Counsel - (508) 881-6230