Selling a home is tough. It can be stressful. It can take months if not done correctly. That's why I've teamed up with my friend Emily from Come on Home Colorado to share with you tips to get your home ready to sell. We will be sharing tips via video that I will share with you on Facebook. (If your not Following me on Facebook, you can do so here).
In a 2017, Zillow analyzed photos of more than 32,000 homes sold in the U.S. to see how paint colors might have affected the price. Here are the results:
I typically use neutrals to stage a home to sell, but it seems that blue is still America's favorite color and reflected in that study. Don't discount either one of those colors, here are a few photos to help you visualize colors to use in specific rooms when getting ready to sell.
Kitchen: White and Blue Cabinets like Hale Navy from Benjamin Moore
Bathroom: a tranquil blue like Benjamin Moore Wedgewood Gray
Living Room: A soft greige like Agreeable Gray from Sherwin Williams
Exterior: A warm greige like Perfect Greige from Sherwin Williams
Front Door: A Charcoal like Charcoal Slate from Benjamin Moore
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So if your thinking of selling, try painting your home the colors suggested above! I also help with occupied staging and of course colors onsite or virtually so feel free to contact me for help on getting ready to sell!
Its been a busy week here but I was able to squeeze in a free color consultation for my friend Emily. She was the one who replied and entered into the contest! Since she is local, I was able to do an onsite color.
Emily is looking to upgrade her cabinets, but doesn't want to break the bank with buying new ones, so she has decided to paint; now to narrow down the colors! She really liked the idea of two colors and sent me an inspiration piece you can see in this post. After looking at her beautiful quartz, we narrowed it down to Analytical Gray from Sherwin Williams for her upper cabinets, and Kendall Charcoal from Benjamin Moore for her lowers. You can see here why they both work, the warm greige and dark gray both run through the countertops. This is a great tip when choosing colors for cabinets, work with your fixed elements.
We also filmed a bit, but the video is a bit blurry.. you can check it out here on my Facebook Page.
Here inspiration came from this beautiful home on Zillow, with the dark cabinets above and light color below. Isn't it stunning?
Oh, and why we are talking cabinet colors, I wanted to introduce you all to Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac paint. It is stunning! Check it out... this image if from Shearer Painting in Seattle, one of the top painters using this paint in the country. Isn't it gorgeous!
Many thanks to Emily for providing her home and kitchen for this color consultation, and thank you for taking time to visit! - Kelly
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The perfect color to update both your moldings and your kitchen cabinets, Benjamin Moore's White Dove is classic, clean and bright. White without being boring, this soft shade is a popular choice in traditional, southern, and craftsman homes.
It has a ever so slight warm finish, making it a great choice for kitchen cabinets. It pairs well with warm greige colors (such as Sherwin Williams accessible beige) and it is a great choice when someone is looking for a white that is clean and crisp with out feeling sterile.
As whites become more popular main colors, its best to go with one with a little personality. White Dove provides that. A stand alone white that can hold up to dark woods and granite with out looking washed out.
We have all welcomed in the new year and I do wish you a very colorful 2018! I would like to take this post to reflect on the past months announcements for the 2018 color of the year from all the paint companies.
Most of the colors are bold, dark or bright. I am not sure if I agree with the prediction, but I do like some of them and those that are in the black tones. I think most of the colors are good as accent or furniture color. Lets take a look...
My favorite of all the colors of the year is Behr's color: In the Moment. It is a green blue with a hint of gray. Just look around my website and you can see why! I do think it is a color that can be used in a bedroom and bathroom as well and even a family room.
Dutch Boy released Sandstone Tint... the only neutral in the group. I think this probably the company who is right on trend based on my current clients and their color selections. It is a warm greige with out yellow, what many clients requesting. A soft neutral.
Benjamin Moore shocked me with their choice, Caliente! It is a very bold red that I haven't seen requested (for walls) for a long time. A few clients have requested a red for an exterior door or accent, and maybe a piece of painted furniture but I am not in 100% agreement with this one.
Sherwin Williams also went bold with Oceanside. This color does make me happy! Again, not seeing this paint color much but I did spec a similar color for an office with moldings. I would be happy to see more of this color in 2018!
Dulux chose Heartwood, a mauve color that translates to a warm taupe. I think this would be beautiful in a master or baby room.
Dunn Edwards was back in the blue green hue (like SW and Behr) with The Green Hour. I do like this one and could see it in a bedroom, fun living room or accent.
PPG went with a nice blue black. I am seeing black on cabinets, furniture, railings, accents and even walls! I like in on ceilings as well as on a shiplap or accent wall.
And another black hue, Olympic chose a traditional black that is now being used in the home for accents as well as on exteriors.
Glidden went dark as well with a soft black called Deep Onyx. Homeowners are starting to not be afraid of the dark side, maybe we should thank Starwars? I am seeing it as accent walls and ceilings!
I hope you enjoyed my round up of the 2018 Colors of the year paint colors. Only one light neutral in the mix so obviously the companies are trying to push us out of comfort and into bold color choices!
Cabinet Wows! Take a look at these great transformations and color changes on woodwork from clients this past year. Some are missing before but they are too good not to share. Many thanks to Walls by Design for sharing after photos of the great work they did painting.
White done right! White is the most requested color choice but of course any white won't do. I work closely with the homeowner to look at counters, tile and wall color before narrowing down the right white.
Benjamin Moore Black Panther, a perfect dark charcoal. This is a great dark gray almost black that provides a contemporary and updated look to the home. One of my favorites for sure.
Classic black and white, you just can't go wrong with that!
This taupe color works nicely with the travertine tiles, which have a lot of pinks and even yellow hues in them. I love how this one turned out, soft and updated.
Islands are the perfect spot to add that punch of color, I usually suggest a dark color to contrast lighter counters. The nice navy color here adds a great pop of color to the classic black and white kitchen.
This gray from Benjamin Moore, looks PERFECT with the counters. The homeowner had just updated them and we narrowed down the color from Benjamin Moore and it couldn't look better. Walls by Design of course did an excellent job of painting and updating this kitchen from dated oak cabinets.
This homeowner had painted her cabinets brown and was not happy with the turnout. I helped her choose a white to provide an updated look to this beautiful kitchen!
Showstopper! The marble inlay tile and black counters work so well with the gray I helped the homeowner choose for these cabinets. Her fun blue accessories work well to add a bit of color to her kitchen.
Carbon Copy from Benjamin Moore is the perfect match for this kitchen. It isn't a black but has a tint of red to the color to portray an dark almost espresso look with out going too brown.
Spring is in full bloom here in Colorado and that means a big increase in exterior color consultations! I love this time of year - being able to assist so many who want to freshen up their homes with an updated color scheme. I have learned many tools of the trade for choosing Exterior Paint Colors and wanted to share a few with you today.
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The number one tip is ...
Work With What You Got! So what does that mean? Start with looking at the fixed elements on your home - your roof, tile, stone...anything that has color that you cannot change - and work with that. The best suggestion is to pick a color in the stone or roof and choose a similar paint color. Or, take a fixed element like brick and choose a complementary paint color that will make it pop. For example, I tend to use Green Gray paint with Warm Red brick - take a look at the photo below to see how those colors really complement each other.
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Don't Match Your Neighbor's Paint Color - I was passing a home recently and saw someone that was just wrapping up an exterior paint job. It was a beautiful dark gray, which I would usually love for being quite different and new. However, the identical house next door had an identical color scheme, right down to the accent. I was really shocked! I had to wonder if they asked their neighbor before they painted their house to match? Now these two dark homes stick out like a sore thumb! This is a big NO NO and the HOA will usually catch it, but sometimes it isn't noticed until it is too late. It really doesn't make your home look better - it just leads neighbors and visitors to notice that someone wasn't original. Now these homes will always be noticed together instead of independently. This photo is not the home I was talking about, but it shows two homes that are too similar in paint color.
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Stay With the Style of the Neighborhood - Please don't go painting your home bright turquoise if you're not in an eclectic, historic neighborhood! Yesterday, I saw bright purple trim on a cookie cutter home within an HOA neighborhood! I have no idea how that one slipped by the Architectural Review committee, but it was ugly and I know the neighbors don't enjoy seeing it everyday (one of the neighbors was a client and she was not happy!). I am all for creativity and adding pop to your home, but if you want to do this, I suggest giving me or an Architectural Color Consultant a call first. Fun colors are for front doors or shutters and features like plant containers or exterior furniture. If you live in an historic district where the homes pop color with Victorian or Craftsman schemes, then by all means go for that style. Just don't do it in suburban HOA communities, as this is not going to bring value or style to your home.
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Test Your Paint Color! This is really a no-brainer and I am surprised how many people move forward without testing and looking at their final colors before they paint. The easiest way to test color is to purchase a poster board and paint the colors on the board. The top line should be fascia color, the body of the board is siding or main color, trim on the side, and accents along the bottom. Hold this up along any fixed elements such as brick, stone, etc. How does it look? If something feels off, then it probably is. Look at the color in the front of the home, the back of the home, and in the morning, afternoon and evening. The color will change throughout the day, so make sure you like it at all times.
Consult a Professional - Yes, I do think you should call me before you paint. I have assisted hundreds of homeowners choose the right colors to create an exterior they love, while helping them avoid making mistakes they'll regret. I know what works and what doesn't so you don't have to take a risk on your home. Painting an exterior is not cheap, so hiring a color consultant to help you understand what is best for your home is like insurance on that painting investment.
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