Below I have reblogged a very practical and almost foolproof way of choosing the right kitchen color if you are about to sell your home. Also remember- no "faux" finishes, sponge painting, textures, etc.
The more "custom" your paint finishes, the fewer Buyers are that will appreciate them, so you are essentially narrowing your pool of possible Buyers when going the "custom" route.
Let the new homeowners do their own paint customizing!
Have you every wondered about a good kitchen paint color? Yesterday Stage Two Sell did a Real Estate Consultation for a seller in Horseheads NY who had done a great deal of preparing her home for sale. Great! There were just a few issues that we addressed. We arranged furniture to better sell the spaces, rehung some art work to define the features of the spaces, then approached the issue of the kitchen wall color. It was just too bright for the general buying public, and the photos I took quickly proved that the color would look pretty uncomfortable in the MLS photos. It was a bright hot yellow... like a school bus!
We chose a new color that had a soft yellow undertone to go with the tile and wood cabinets. It made for much better photos on line and in person.
When stuck for a color choice, follow these simple steps:
1. Look to the "hard surfaces" that are permanent like tile, stone, cabinets and counters. Use this to begin your color selection.
2. Match the color family from the bottom fan deck then go UP the color chips to the first or second color on the fan deck. This way you'll have the right undertones to the color and you'll find a more pleasing color. The color you paint on your walls will morph slightly back to the color you see at the bottom of the fan deck (if the colors are sequenced).
For our kitchen we chose:
This color gave a soft yellow look but worked well with the brown and copper tiles in the backsplash.
Bye school bus! Hello beautiful!