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With the fourth of July around the corner and summer in full swing I thougt it might be time to revisit the teeny tiny bikini subject.  After a particularly traumatic color experience yesterday I felt the need to repost this blog...I love my job, I love my job.....


There's a saying in fashion that goes along the lines of.... just because they make it in your size it doesn't mean you should wear it.  You know... like squeezing into a tiny bikini when you are not so tiny.  It's a rule that should be applied to staging and home décor, especially when it comes to color.

I usually see two types of client.  The one fearful of change no matter what and the other who believes they are up on all the latest and greatest, show it off in their homes and then seem insulted when you are trying to explain it may not be the best presentation for the home. 

Less is more and for me this is especially true of color.  Not meaning no color or all white but rather less combinations and mixtures.  Throwing in lots of textures while using the trendier colors in small doses is something I like better.  Color mistakes can be easily corrected in this way also.

For Real Estate sales, a professional Stager can help determine what fits best for a home.   Changing color is one of the easiest and inexpensive ways to update a property.  Color is something that stands out immediately to buyers and also opens a whole can of worms.  Painting is time consuming if you do it yourself and more expensive if a professional is hired.  Most buyers view it as a headache they don't want to tackle.  

Fact:  bad color choices set the difference between days or months on the market.  That doesn't mean paint everything white for you color phobics out there.  That can be the kiss of death also.

A 60s ranch in Palm Springs can take the latest trends in large pieces, its style is suited to them and will show great with the interior blue greens, cool grays and purples now seeming to be the trend out of Europe.  A two story traditional in a family neighborhood may take some of these colors too but in lower doses and thoughtfully placed.  Again don't try to stuff a house into that trendy tiny bikini.

Take a look around the neighborhood.  What are you seeing next door or across the street?  Great clean and strong exterior colors attract positive attention and invite people inside.   You don't have to go crazy to stand out in your tan, yellow and gray neighborhood but don't be afraid either.  Play with samples on an inconspicuous part of your home.  This is easy now as many paint retailers and box stores offer small inexpensive jars of samples versus the larger cans one used to have to purchase.

For exteriors, consider your roof color, hardscape and landscape.  You can pull a great color from your surroundings that stands out.  Strong rich colors complement what's going on outside your home without appearing out of place.  Grass looks greener and flowers look brighter.  Color should flow outside to in but your main exterior color should not continue on into the interior on a large scale. It kills interest and is cold.  Tan walking in to Tan is very depressing.

Always consider your outside surroundings when choosing interior wall colors.  Lighter, warm neutrals create a nice frame from which to view your yard and patio.  They can keep things cheerful during the winter months in colder parts of the country. You can bring in the pizazz with an accent wall and accessories.  These things are much easier to change when the trend is gone or you are tired of it.

There are many colors that are like the classic black dress.  They never go out of style and hardly offend anyone.  It's great to show off the latest and greatest, but the classics never go away.  You will snatch buyers if you choose wisely.  If you don't have the eye, hire a professional to help you.  It's inexpensive and will prevent costly mistakes that need to be corrected down the road.   

Remember, neutral never has to be boring. It always has the right fit if paired with the right accessories...just like the little black dress!





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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Great post, Ana. I love your analogy. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should!

May 17, 2010 12:15 PM #1
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Great points, you don't want to be know for the rainbow house, a different color in every bedroom.  Thank goodness for HOA's, they have guidelines for a reason.  There's a reason they won't let you paint the exterior Lime Green!

May 17, 2010 03:15 PM #2
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Love it-every word...so agree, tan can be depressing!! Bravo!!

May 17, 2010 04:39 PM #3
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Great colour advice - but oh, I couldn't get past that cute little baby in her pink bikini and sunglasses - too cute!

May 17, 2010 06:18 PM #4
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Great post, Ana. And you're right, "classic colors" never go out of style. 


May 17, 2010 11:52 PM #5
Julie Davis, Amy Blank - Rediscovered Interiors, LLC
Rediscovered Interiors, LLC - Andover, MN

Even with "classics" you can get interest by painting different tones within the same color strip....darker in the entry, lighter in the living area or even the opposite, depends on the mood your setting and your lighting.


May 18, 2010 01:10 AM #6
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Hi Michelle, your comment is good advice in all areas of life!:)

Hi Cindy, what's wrong with lime green LOL!!  You are right about HOAs.  They  do fill a role but sometimes they can be limiting when it comes to painting exteriors, guess I'm just a rebel:)

Hi Cathy, in some neighborhoods I wonder how people find their house if they have had a few too many haha!  Tan overload:)

Hi Sally, I love her isn't she the cutest!  I thought she would be a better example than a real overstuffed bikini, YIKES:)

Hi Kahty, thanks and your work is a great example of that.  You do it all time and it looks great!

Hi Julie,  the method you described is something I like to do using similar tones and shades on opposite walls I think it works  great and complements all types of lighting.  As you said classic never needs to mean boring.



May 18, 2010 02:49 AM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ana- great  post and I'm so glad you put some focus on the exterior.  And, neutral does NOT have to be boring. Classics are classics for a reason. I think if you walk into a room and the color slaps you in the face, it's time to bring out the paint brush.

May 18, 2010 06:58 AM #8
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Hi Kathy,  exteriors many times seem to be the after thought don't they?  Boy and I have been slapped in the face a few times LOL, thanks for commenting:)

May 19, 2010 10:46 AM #9
Sylvia Bulanek

Good point and nice read too. Sometimes more is just more. Good luck today!

May 20, 2010 03:02 AM #10
Cynthia Bartch
Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio - Granville, OH
Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal

Hey there Ana, fist of all love the photo of the little cutie :~)

Oh boy I was just at a home that had a color explosion and not in a good way. Not one color complimented the other. Love how you stated bad color choices can mean the diierence between days or months on the market!

Jun 29, 2010 03:50 PM #11
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager


Great advice on color.  I agree when painting the outside of the house to use the colors around you such as the color of the roof.  I also love the little baby girl in the bikini!  Soooooo cute!

Nov 25, 2010 03:56 PM #12
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Hi Linda,  she is definitely a cutie and reflects the age of me the last time I was comfortable wearing a bikini!!! Thanks for commenting:)


Dec 01, 2010 03:03 PM #13
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

The "Large Marge wearing an itsy bitsy teenie weenie" is a great analogy!  

Jun 29, 2012 07:41 AM #14
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Hi Sharon, hope your summer is going well.

Jun 30, 2012 12:57 AM #15
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