Bold Colors are Back

Light gray.



Neutral, neutral, neutral!


This is what every homeowner hears when they decorate their homes or prepare them for selling. Using subdued earth tones has become the standard company line from Realtors as it has been considered the least offensive to potential buyers. Walking into a home and seeing Candy Apple Red walls in the dining room or a lilac wallpaper in the master could be a turnoff.

Yet, the in-the-middle approach contradicts our mindset of making our homes, our “own.” It also contradicts much of our societal mindset where we embrace our personalities and being willing to share our uniqueness. We walk a fine line of neutral versus personality. The “stay neutral” approach is also contradicted by the major paint manufacturers naming Color of the Year in a bright, bold hues such as navy, dusty pink, and a variety of greens.

Credit to Amy Wax

So where does that leave us?

It leaves us with a shift in the norm or accepted. Inserting more bold colors has become not only accepted but more welcomed and can leave your home more memorable to the buyers. Balance is key.

Credit Sherwin Williams

As you begin to decorate and color your home, consider what your feel most comfortable with, but the trends. When making bold color choices be mindful of the size of the of the room and the lighting. Accent walls, pillows, and smaller decor can add a balance of color pops and neutral. If the uber-bright is causing some anxiety, you can dial it down by adding a little white or gray.

One last consideration is timing. Are you planning on being in the home for 3-4 years? If so, reserve your color for accessories and accents. When you make your way to a home situation that is more permanent, now is the time to go for it.

Credit Sherwin Wlliams

Where does this leave you? You may have more questions now than you did when you started. If you are considering selling in the near future, the best thing to do is talk with a licensed professional and be willing to take their advice on the best ways to prepare the house for the market. This may mean removing some of the big colors or repainting a wall. Receiving consultation will pay off and reduce stress.

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