Staging with colour, does it work in your area?

Home Stager with Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket 416.928.2999

We have found staging in Vaughan and the Toronto GTA area we are using more colour than neutral colours in our staging work for the last year.

There is a trend for "maximilism" in our area and buyers see it every day in design magazines as well as on TV shows like The Marilyn Denis Show and Cityline. 

With our exceptionally grey winters we are finding buyers are quite receiptive to a more colourful look as long as it is curated well and not overwhelming the room. 

We still advise neutral wall colours like OC 27 Balboa Mist so buyers can move right in. But we find it is the use of colour that gets them excited to consider there and putting in an offer.

Below are two examples- one home staged with colour and one with a neutral palette.  They are a good comparison as these new builds were sitting side by side. Only the use of colour is changed in the living rooms. 

There are buyers attracted to both looks. Which look is the winner in your area?

colourful living room

neutral living room

When you have a property to be marketed to attract your ideal buyers call the Go To Girl around town.

Michelle Finnamore Interiors Ltd.







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Shawn and Angela Miller
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS®

I like to have neutral colors on the wall, but decorate with colors, like with your photos.  Adding a green plant or colorful artwork.  It's a lot easier to change the look of the room by not having to paint again.

Mar 04, 2018 08:11 AM #1
Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Winter Springs, FL
Residential Real Estate Broker Associate

love seeing color come back in style.. tired of just tans and greys!

Mar 04, 2018 08:15 AM #2
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

We always recommend the walls remain neutral so buyers can move right in. Definitely seeing more colour especially in sofas.

Mar 04, 2018 08:45 AM #3
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Even the colors in our area are "neutrals" browns, tans, dark greys,  to complement the lighter neutrals of the walls.  I love the photo decorated with colors.

Mar 04, 2018 03:58 PM #4
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Awesome...beautiful as always Michelle!

Mar 04, 2018 04:33 PM #5
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Thank you Sharon, it was an interesting staging to be able to do as the houses were sitting side by side and were the exact layouts. 

Mar 05, 2018 04:57 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Michelle- both are beautiful and your very special touch make them even more so. I love a neutral shade on the walls with color added via accessories!  

Mar 10, 2018 12:17 PM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                    Thank you Michelle!


Mar 10, 2018 04:42 PM #8
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Michelle Finnamore,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week! Wonderful post..we are seeing pops of color that bring things to life! I see I hadn't subscribed to your post so I took care of that!

Mar 11, 2018 05:15 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Michelle. I like your style and this post but must say that no color is screaming at me here.

Mar 11, 2018 06:26 AM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Love it Michelle, glad I found you through Kathy's Ah Ha Sunday post.  Personally, I like both. Although, the neutrals still reign in our area - with accents of colors that can be changed with the seasons. I have it in my own home and love it. 

Mar 11, 2018 07:29 AM #11
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Michelle

I like the combination of neutrals with colors, especially with art work, and we tend to see more use of color here than not, including in the builder's model homes. Perhaps that's because we have color all year round outside?


Mar 11, 2018 08:29 AM #12
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   Agree with keeping the walls neutral ("safe"), but using some color in the furniture and decor to add life. 

Mar 11, 2018 12:11 PM #13
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Michelle,

Picking a few colors (colours) to repeat around the house always looks more intentional than a mishmash of everything.

Mar 12, 2018 07:18 PM #14
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

If your going to live in the space, I’d say let’s go color! Who wants to and how practical are white sofas!

Mar 12, 2018 07:45 PM #15
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Excellent photos.  Here, gray walls are most popular and dark hardwoods (often SM Silverpoint, gray screen or BM gray owl or greige Revere Pewter.  But, people will definitely add some color accents.  Cool colors are much more popular, so often those accents are with subtle blues or navy.

Mar 13, 2018 12:25 PM #16
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

I may be wrong but I tell folks neutral on the paint and color in the furniture here 

Mar 17, 2018 10:14 PM #17
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

HI Charles, neutral colours are still the norm in our area as well. We are seeing a shift in using colour on our popular tv programs and home owners typically respond well to it. 

Mar 19, 2018 05:21 AM #18
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