If you don’t believe that the colour of your walls will affect how fast your house sells, think of the last time you visited an art gallery. Did you notice how people linger around certain paintings forever while other paintings are quickly avoided?
The same holds truth for your house. While many a homeowner will replace fixtures, flooring and backsplashes in the kitchen, they refuse to change the colour of the walls.
Perhaps the confusion lies in hearing that colour is an expression of your personality so go ahead and express yourself. True as this may be for redesign, this is definitely not the case for selling your home. Remember, the goal to sell as quickly as possible and not wait around for a buyer who is fashion savvy. In order to do that, your home has to be desirable and appeal to as many people as you can.
If you aren’t convinced that you will have to paint some or maybe all the rooms in your house to sell it, just spend a few hours browsing open houses in your neighbourhood or other neighbourhoods to get a sense of what works well versus, “What were they thinking?”
Although one cannot predict who will come through the door during an open house, you can broaden the appeal of your home by selecting light, neutral colours such as tinted whites, beiges and grays to maintain the flow from one room to another. A good rule of thumb is to select as few colours as possible for the main rooms in the house, such as the kitchen, dining room and family room. Carefully chosen accessories are the best accents to bring in added colour.
Choose white for your ceilings in a flat finish, which is non reflective. This is very important if you have strong colours such as reds, oranges or yellows.
One’s understanding of how colours relate to each other can be as academic as light passing through a prism, or a purely emotional choice. But when it comes to the sale of your house, more likely than not, ensuring your home has a “WOW” factor and appeals to as many potential buyers as possible is based on how well you select your interior colours.
But don’t stop there, curb appeal can be the number one draw or deterrent for any potential buyer that’s just doing a drive by first. If you are looking at the exterior of your house, be sure it fits in well with the surrounding neighbourhood. Nothing says walk away faster than a poorly planned paint job.
Colour is very subjective and as personal as a great art collection. Just make sure the largest canvas you have in every room is painted with colours that lighten and brighten, and go sell!
Thank you to Barbara Bryan for contributing this article.
Barbara is a certified Accredited Home Stager, President of ALPHAOne Staging.