When selling a house, home staging can increase the value of the property somewhere between 1% and 10%, according to the National Association of Realtors in the US. Whereas the median costs of home staging are only $675 per home. So a lick of paint, in the right colors, could earn you considerable money.
Home staging is the art of making a home more appealing to a larger number of potential buyers. This obviously involves cleaning and cutting the grass. But you can go well beyond that by applying fresh new colors on walls and some furniture.
Home stagers bring in on-trend color pops through toss pillows and small accents such as candles — to offer color that can easily be swapped out when sellers move out. But unless you painted within the past year, the house should be repainted as well. New paint just gives everything a fresh look and feel. Using several colors throughout the house is fine, as long as they complement each other and the overall integrity of the house. Buyers are more accepting of colors these days.
You don't necessarily need white or beige to appeal buyers. It totally depends on the style of the house and the amount of natural light. In houses with more traditional trims and moldings, a little color on the walls really shows these details. A little contrast, with deeper beiges, creams or grays could work well. For a more contemporary house with large rooms and open spaces, off-white and soft grey might work better. Kitchens and baths have their own built-in furniture, a bit of color in these spaces helps the rooms feel finished.
Overall, avoid colors that are highly personal or evoke a strong emotion. Pink in any shade is a no-no. Lavender and Lime can be problems too. When in doubt, check home-deco magazines and websites for inspiration. You can try out new colors with our Colorjive Widgets here. Or use a picture of your own home here.