Paint Colours to Avoid When Prepping for a Sale

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 7:57pm.

A fresh coat of paint. That seems like one of the easiest, and most inexpensive, ways to give your home a bit of a facelift. And truthfully, its a great way to make your home look a little more modern and less run down. Especially if you live in an older home, a fresh coat of paint can alleviate many a potential buyers hesitations, but it can also send them packing. We all get tempted to pick colours for our painting projects based on trends and styles, but truthfully, these can actually backfire. Heres some colours to avoid, and some painting ideas that can give you the effect youre looking for.

1. Bright Reds, Greens, and Blues

Extremely bright colours are imposing. They may work with your furniture and decor, but its highly unlikely that bold colours will fit whatevers coming in. Whats more, many people dislike colours like red in general, so choosing a bold, yet unpopular, colour, can turn people off without even meaning to. And since many people get turned off almost subconsciously, they might not even be able to tell you why they didnt like your home, making it difficult to place the problem. Instead of bright bold colours, try something less striking. Softer hues are less dramatic and help people visualize their own thing much more easily.

2. Pastels

Pastels are most commonly associated with newborns, which is all well and good, but many people buying homes have already had their kids, or arent really thinking about it right now. Kids are expensive, after all, and so are homes. Painting rooms colours that remind people of nurseries is not always a great idea. Instead, go for solid, more traditional colours.

3. Black

There has rarely been a time in the modern world where black was a good decision for walls. Its dark, foreboding, and ultimately alienating. Yes, your adolescent self may have liked black, but buyers want bright spaces with natural light, not colours that remind them of caves. Instead of black, just go the opposite. White walls offer a neutral space thats easy both easy to paint over and helps potential buyers envision their own changes.

Picking the right colours for your home can be difficult, especially when youre prepping a place for sale. Painting is a cheap and easy way to help your place look better, but be careful what colours you choose. Instead of the colours above, try for more neutral and softer hues, ones that make a place feel full of possibilities rather than limited to one vision. It can help your house sell faster.


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