The Best Interior Paint Colours To Use Before Selling (And Worse)

Paint colours can make a difference when selling. Buyers prefer current, light, and neutral walls. It is what buyers are looking for. Current wall colours are especially important for photos. Neutral wall colours not only look better but also provides potential buyers with a blank slate. They can envision their furniture, artwork, photography with neutral walls.

Neutral walls also appeal to the masses. When selling you do want your photos to stand out and neutral walls are a nice backdrop for making the property much more appealing. It is the least expensive investment for the greatest return.

Here are a few no fail neutral interior paint colours that we recommend prior to selling ( All Benjamin Moore )

Benjamin Moore Cotton Balls OC 122

Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee OC 45

Soft Chamois OC 13

Classic Grey OC 23

Benjamin Moore Cloud White OC 130

Paint colours that you should never leave on your walls include yellow, red, and orange. Stagers, designers, and the brilliant duo Property Brothers -Jonathan and Scott- recommend to never use these paint colours on interior walls when selling. Yellow, orange and red are a hard sell. They look dated. They are not what buyers want. A sellers equity may be at stake and the property may sit.

How we used Benjamin Moore Classic Gray for Staging

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray is a beautiful, soft gray colour. It looks almost white with a lot of light but you do notice the colour against white trim. It is a warm colour, slightly feminine and so soft looking as well. The paint colour is more of an off white but with colour.

Take a look at how we used Benjamin Moore Classic Gray for this room when staging. We wanted a colour that combined well with the existing colours of the home and this was the perfect fit.

It combines beautifully with greys, whites and blues but it is such a neutral colour that Classic Gray can work with most colours.

Summer Is Almost Here!

Summer is almost here although we have been spoiled with this beautiful weather. I love styling for summer. Airy, sun-filled rooms make me smile. Here are a few tips to bring summer into your home.

Love your plants. There is nothing like having plants or fresh cut flowers in your home. If you have open shelving display them! We always try to add botanicals and greenery when staging properties as well. 

Remove your heavy textiles like heavy comforters and opt for cottons or fabric made of linen. Changing toss pillows and throw blankets can instantly change the look of a room. 

Remove your heavy area rug. This is a great time to have your area rug cleaned and perhaps opt for a more natural rug or no rug at all.

Prep your outdoor space. Yes, outdoor living is important. It can be an extension of our indoor living so make it count. Comfortable chairs, side tables and outdoor rugs can make your backyard feel like your own oasis.

Change your bed linens. Cotton, linen and whites are crisp looking for summer. 

Add some greenery or have beautiful flowers displayed. 

Opt for lighter area rugs, toss pillows and throw blankets

Our Latest Staging

Here are a few photos of our latest staging. We brought in furniture and accessories for some of the vacant rooms. We worked with the living room furniture

The large scale artwork works best in larger rooms. Sometimes we do have to work with what clients have!

Perfect Blue Paint Colours

Most of the requests I have are for neutral paint colours. Clients are working from home and neutral walls can be soothing and a great back drop for artwork.

That being said, I always try to choose a few colours that clients just love. Sometimes we work them into accent walls, bedrooms or studies. Blue is still a very popular choice for many.

I have worked with many blues and it is my personal favourite colour as well. Here are a few photos on how we used blue for certain rooms.

Sherwin Williams Rarified Air

Benjamin Moore Harbor Haze

Sherwin Williams Lakeshore
Sherwin Williams Rhinestone

Paint Colours That I Love

I have used so many different paint colours that I have lost track. Most I love and some not so much. I actually really enjoy doing colour consults as sometimes I have clients choose outside their comfort “zone” or choose paint colours that they never thought they could use.

While I personally love using whites not all all whites work well in homes. There seems to be a surge in wanting white walls even for living now for big and small rooms with very little natural light. I try to tell my clients that white looks great with a good amount of natural light. Lets not forget that so many photos you see online (including mine) are lightened to some degree!

There are so many beautiful paint colours and choices. I always take into account the rooms being painted but my clients as well.

Here are some of my favourite whites that I have used and love!

Sherwin-Williams Alabaster
Sherwin-Williams White Heron
Sherwin-Williams Rhinestone
Benjamin Moore Baby’s Breath

Ways To Bring Happiness Into Your Home

Happy Thursday!

With one month already behind us, February is a good month to really start tackling the “what to do list” for the home. Here are a few things you can do right now to make your home a happy place.

Love your plants. Studies have proven that house plants improve productivity, concentration, reduce stress levels and boost your mood.

Avoid heavy drapes that block all light. Natural light increases endorphins and serotonin. Studies have also shown that workers in sunlit areas are more productive than workers without exposure to natural light.

Your home should reflect your personality and style, which in turn makes us feel happy. Show off your kids artwork or pottery. Style your home with colours that put a smile on your face.

A cluttered home can leave you feeling stressed. Finding items in clutter can be a frustrating challenge. It is also difficult to clean when there is too much “stuff ” lying around. This is a great month to start decluttering room by room.

xoxo Daniela

Benjamin Moore’s Top Selling Paint Colours.

Hello 2021!

Happy New Year! Our colour consults have been pushed back but we are still taking bookings for Feb! 

We can’t get out right now (COVID) but some of you are sending me photos of your finished painted rooms and thank you! 

Here is a list of the top Benjamin Moore colours!

Ten Staging Tips for Selling During the Holidays

Holiday Staging tips!

While it may be the holidays for many, it may also be the time serious buyers are searching for their perfect home.  If you are thinking about selling, here are ten staging tips for selling during the holidays.

Safety first- Make sure your walkway and steps are safe for potential buyers. Shovel snow and make sure the walkway is salted for safety.

Light the way- Make sure exterior lighting is in working order. Keep in mind that buyers may want to view the property during evening hours so make sure the walkway is lit.

Clean interior- Cleaning before selling is a must. Rooms should be sparkling clean and tidy. Bathrooms and kitchens should look spotless.

Not too much- Yes, you can still decorate but keep things to a minimal. Buyers want to see the home, not all the decorations. A few tastefully placed holiday decorations go a long way!

Keep pets away- While you may love your four legged friend not all buyers are comfortable with pets. It is best to not have pets in the home when showing the property.

No scent is best- Ginger nutmeg, apple spice, and vanilla are all amazing scents but not all buyers will agree. No scent is best when selling.  Make sure your property appeals to all potential buyers.

Hire a professional stager- A professional stager will not only make recommendations on the best way to prepare your property for sale but also make recommendations on how to accentuate the best features of the home.

Clean and clear the front entrance- Make sure there is enough room for wet boots. Buyers want to be able to take off their boots with ease. Make sure your front entrance is clutter free.

Create a cozy vibe- This is the perfect time to stage the home with throw blankets and comfy pillows. Creating a cozy vibe allows potential buyers to visualize themselves in the space. Who wouldn’t want to wrap themselves in a blanket and sit near the fireplace?

Staging tip ten is consider fresh flowers- Consider placing fresh flowers for photos. They won’t last forever but look beautiful in photos and a few fresh cut flowers won’t break the bank.

Daniela Pluviati

Becki Owens

Daniela Pluviati

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