Home staging with color is one of the most basic strategies that is universally utilized by all property stagers. Color is a vital component of home décor and can really make or break any room in the house. Color should be used, but never abused, since some choices can be huge liabilities for any property seller.
Home stagers are experts in utilizing the right balance of colors to make a residence warm, inviting, relaxing and yet interesting. This discussion focuses on the use of color during real estate staging.
Home Staging with Color Decisions
Too little color in the home will make it looker boring, bland, sterile and institutional. Too much color will make the space look frenzied, busy, disjointed and cartoonish. It is crucial to balance colors in a manner which will enhance the décor and not overwhelm it.
I generally advise removing all taste-specific colors from the walls and ceilings, and replacing them with neutrals in a variety of shades to complement the tone of each room.
I recommend keeping large furniture items in the same palate and simply changing the depth of the shade against the wall color.
I also recommend using art, lighting and accessories to bring out sparks of color in the room. Try to create a look which will contain lights and darks, in mostly neutral tones, with some noticeable and impactful hints of brighter shades, as accents.
Common Problems when Home Staging with Color
Some people take chances with their décor by painting or choosing furniture in a bold color palate. Although this is great if it reflects your personal taste, it can become a major liability when trying to sell the property. No one wants to deal with room after room of loud, bright or dark-colored paint. This alone can be a deal breaker in many instances. Take the time to address these potential problems before placing the home on the open real estate market.
Likewise, some sellers play it too safe and paint everything white or eggshell. This tactic can realty tone down the appeal of the home to a barely noticeable whimper; depriving even the most charming house of life and character.
I always tell sellers to avoid white altogether on the walls and use it only on moldings and ceilings. I recommend a warmer palate of neutrals with some pigment to give the home a richer appeal.
Home Staging with Color Suggestions
Color is just like any other aspect of good interior design. It must be balanced to the room, the overall style of the home and the chosen décor, in order to provide the desired effect.
If color is fighting the other facets of the décor, trying too hard to dominate the décor or simply blending too much into the décor, you are waging a losing battle.
Paint is an easy solution for the worst color issues and is a simple DIY staging fix throughout the house. There is no reason to let color deplete your home of value when you can fix these problems with a few hours work and a tiny investment of cash.