Paint possesses a lot of impact on walls. The right color scheme can make rooms feel larger, and more appealing, while the wrong color scheme will have the opposite effect. Here are some basic tips about what to do and what not to do when it comes to painting your home prior to putting it on the market.
Start at the Top
White or light colors on the ceiling will make ceilings seem larger and taller than they actually are. This is particularly important in homes where the ceiling is 8 feet or lower. Get rid of popcorn texturing, as that will make ceilings appear cramped and dated.
Trim it Up
Recaulk and repair any damaged trim. Keep trim colors in relation to the ceiling. Light neutrals or whites are best.
Keep it Neutral
By neutral, no, I don’t mean paint everything “hospital white”. Warm tones like beige, or light browns or sage greens have mass appeal and can make rooms feel larger and more airy. Keep a consistent flow throughout the property. Neutrals are easy to repaint and will match almost any color scheme a buyer might have. Having easy and breezy colors floating throughout the house will help buyers’ visualize themselves living in the home.
What Not to Do
Stay away from red. Red is traditionally one of the most difficult colors to paint with and one color that will show errors faster than any other color of the rainbow once it’s placed on a wall. Bright, bold colors can be a big turn off for many buyers and can make rooms appear smaller than what they are.
When painting a home prior to sale, the home shouldn’t smell like fresh paint when buyer’s walk in. Budget enough time for the project, add on a few days for any delays and a few more for the paint to dry and be aired out of the house. I recommend painting at least a week prior to putting a house on the market.
Last but Not Least
Don’t forget the exterior of the home. Touch up shutters, trim and any siding. It’s best to have the exterior repainted completely in addition to the interior. Like the interior, stay away from bright, bold colors and focus on keeping color schemes neutral and light. Use accent colors in accessories to show color scheme ideas, red flowers, for example are a great way to spruce up and bring out the best sides of a color scheme.
Above all, remember, paint should be neat, clean and should enhance the features of a property. If you aren’t an expert painter, it’s best to hire a professional in order to achieve the best effect.