Staging FAQ’s- Should I Just Paint Everything White?

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Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

Don’t touch that paint brush...yet!

 

This is one of the top questions a seller will ask a Stager on a Stagingstaging and paint colors Consultation... “Should I  paint all the walls white?”

 

 You see Staging Consultations aren’t just about moving furniture around or telling you what to get rid of.  Our Staging Consultations are like a blueprint or guide to getting your home in “Market Ready” condition.

 

Assisting you with paint choices is just one of the many services included.  

 

So.....what about the white?  When Stagers suggest a neutral palette it is not with the hope of selling white (or beige) paint.  

The purpose of going neutral is to remove anything that could distract a buyer from seeing the possibilities of your house.  

 

Neutral does not necessarily equal white or beige (or boring).  In fact, all white can be considered distracting and detracting.  White can make a house appear cold unless done right.

 

A neutral color ...

-will not offend the Buyer.  

-will allow and even enhance the architecture.

- lets the room be the star of the show.

-acts like a frame for the room.  

-can actually help highlight a structural feature.

 

A neutral paint color can range from warm to cool... light to dark.

 

Here are just a few of my favorites:

Himalayan Trek 1542 -Benjamin Moore

Hush AF-95- Benjamin Moore

Gray Mirage- Benjamin Moore

Sparrow- Benjamin Moore

Safari Vest- Behr

 

Neutrals can range from soft shades  to darker and warmer colors.   They range from yellows through purples to greens.  



Before you pick up the paintbrush, call us- Room Service Home Staging- and ask for our Staging Consultation.  

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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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Yes, white does seem cold. Next time I'm near a paint store I am going to check out your suggetons!

May 12, 2016 12:20 AM #19
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Brian England
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Neutral always seems like the best way to go, but they should definitely seek a professional opinion before doing anything!

May 12, 2016 04:44 AM #20
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Robert Bob Gilbert
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Kathy, I am bookmarking this post as I appreciate you giving us neutral paint choices you like. 

May 12, 2016 05:15 AM #21
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Kathy,

Great choices of colors.  In one of the office buildings we used to handle the leasing for we used Swiss Coffee.  It was white and warm.  A

May 12, 2016 05:35 AM #22
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson I'm with you on grey.  Beige...can't stand it, and white is nothing. 

Hi Gabe Sanders When I see all white walls it reminds me of builder basic walls and then I think the seller moved in and did nothing. 

May 12, 2016 05:58 AM #23
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James Dray some are warmer, some have more blue in them.  And it can look different in different shades of light. 

Hi Lise Howe it's not enough to say neutral and expect our clients to know what we mean. 

 

May 12, 2016 06:02 AM #24
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I was right along with you Roger D. Mucci I remember it well. 

Thank you Gita Bantwal 

Peter Mohylsky paint is one of the least expensive choices a seller can do to help sell their home. 

May 12, 2016 06:03 AM #25
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Glad you like it Donald Urschalitz 

Oh Joe Jackson too distracting for my eyes. 

Thank you Jeff Dowler CRS I love gray and certain shades of taupe. 

May 12, 2016 06:06 AM #26
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Dorie Dillard I have seen a few all white rooms in certain magazines but these were designed by a professional designer.  Otherwise, they come off as cold.

Wayne Martin I am so happy to see color in homes. 

Kristin Johnston, Waukesha County Realtor 414-254-6647 one couple I helped last year were a day away from painting their walls all white (courtesy of their painter) .  Thankfully, they painted their walls a great shade of gray. 

May 12, 2016 06:11 AM #27
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Dianne Goode I am very familiar with that color!

Sharon Tara I had it happen with an exterior paint color on an already odd looking home...it stuck out like a sore thumb.  They enhanced the house by painting it marine blue. 

May 12, 2016 06:15 AM #28
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Thank you Hannah Williams I love looking at new paint colors when they are introduced. 

Michael Jacobs Thank you.  It occurred to me that stagers talk about neutral colors but it helps to show them as well. 

May 12, 2016 06:17 AM #29
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Thank you Roy Kelley 

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c) Enjoy your paint search. 

Brian England  When sellers hear neutral they often think boring. 

May 12, 2016 06:23 AM #30
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Robert (Bob) Gilbert Thank you for bookmarking it. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I'm going to look that one up... it sounds yummy. 

May 12, 2016 06:25 AM #31
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Hi Kathy - Great advice. White can be very off-putting. Mary's current favorite recommendations are two Sherwin-Williams colors - Nomadic Desert and Kelim Beige - she's been recommending them and using them in our rentals for years.

May 12, 2016 08:22 AM #32
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Kathy I learned something new.  Good thing there are creative people like you to make up for the lack of imagination of people like me:)

May 12, 2016 08:34 AM #33
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Mark Loewenberg
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white... AHHHHHHHHHHHH maybe just a bright orange with white stripes, now that will call attention to ANY room!

May 12, 2016 09:44 AM #34
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Lou Ludwig
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Kathy

White . . . . white . . . . white . . . . is out . . . . out . . . . out.

Thank you for sharing your insight on paint.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 12, 2016 10:09 AM #35
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Kathy - stark white can be to sterile.  I like a nice neutral color however.

May 12, 2016 11:54 AM #36
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Toning it down doesn't mean stark white. You've done an excellent job on this post and offered sage advice.

Thank you Kathy!!!

May 12, 2016 03:55 PM #37
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Lisa Heindel
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Excellent advice and I love that you included some real color suggestions for people to view! White makes me cringe. It reminds me of every apartment I ever rented before buying a home. UGH.

May 13, 2016 06:33 AM #38
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