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Trying to sell a home? Updating with a fresh coat and the right colors may make all the difference!

Preparing your home to put on the market requires a lot of attention to detail. Obviously clean floors, a sparkling kitchen, and new windows are all important visual components that a potential home buyer will notice, but even more importantly, the colors that line your walls have an even bigger impact than you might have thought. Many people have the mindset when it comes to home repair prior to selling of “I’ll sell it for less sure, but it’s too much trouble and I can’t afford it right now”. This might be true when it comes to replacing ancient kitchen cupboards, or windows, but a fresh paint job doesn’t have to break the bank.

More than just fresh paint, the right colors are what’s going to help you the most. Color psychology is the science of how colors affect people’s moods. Color psychology has enormous psychological implications and when trying to sell a product, the right color might make all the difference. Maybe you are thinking to yourself that the original white paint that came with your condo was fine for you, so it will be fine for the buyers? Not necessarily. Choosing the right color will not only make your property seem more expensive, but it will allow potential buyers to really envision the place, as their home. Only a small fraction of people are really able to walk through a home that needs some TLC and see beyond its flaws. Don’t hope that you get that tiny percentage in the door, spend the little money up front, and make much more in return.

Nearly all real estate agents recommend a fresh paint job to sell a home. Many people become accustomed to how their home looks, which makes it very difficult to see beyond the paint that is already there. People notice the finer details. Baseboards, trim, and doors get the dirtiest over time. A fresh coat of white paint can transform the way your rooms and hallways look like you wouldn’t believe.

The first thing people notice when stepping into a potential home are the floors and walls (assuming you’re not stricken with popcorn ceilings). Floors are obviously the more costly thing to replace, but interior walls and baseboards are an easy fix which will result in a huge return.

Just like if you are preparing your home to sell, you must stash all the odd and cute collectibles you have lying around, so too you must part ways with the black bedroom you helped your teenage son paint, and paint with soothing neutral tones to really help the house seem as buyer friendly as possible. Painting doesn’t have to be a big deal. Online there are tons of outlets to help you choose the right colors to sell your home, and if you are on a budget (like most people are), spending the money you have to fix your home will go along way with a fresh paint job.

 

 

 

 

Color/design trends you need to familiarize yourself with...

Keeping up to date on design trends isn't as hard as you think it might be. In fact, I'm sure you have multiple home accents in your home that look truly amazing, and stand out from your home, but you're just not aware of it, or aware of how to make the most of it. One key to a successful interior design is pairing. Pairing correctly means accurately combining multiple objects or colors in a sensible fashion, which ultimately draws attention equally among both items. Pairing sounds easy, but in reality is quite difficult to achieve correctly. Knowing not only which colors go great with others is only part of the solution, while the other part is realizing, and actualizing the distance and space between the paired objects.

Painted walls in your bedroom don't have to be typical. Right away, tell yourself how your bedroom makes you feel. Is it a bright and airy atmosphere? Or is it more along the lines of dark and cozy? It is known that the amount of darkness or brightness your room has makes an impact on how deep of a sleep you will have. This rule of thumb should be taken into consideration when deciding on a color for the bedroom. Dark teals and purples can look majestic in bedrooms, and create a beautiful, dreamy contrast with rich hardwood floors, pairing perfectly. Maybe you have a lampshade or blanket that you got from the Z Gallerie or other chic home decor store, whose color you wish was on the wall? Go for it. Color match your unique home decoration and have fun with it. 

Blue doesn't always have to be baby blue. Change things up by purchasing a piece of furniture such as dining room chair, couch, or throw in Greek Blue. This unique and distinctively elegant color makes a person think of the Mediterranean and those church rooftops in Perissa, and invokes feelings of exhilaration. It's richness and boldness is sure to pair well with greys and yellows making for an excellent addition to any modern living room. Not sure or no need for new furniture? Shop online and browse different art selections until you find that piece of art, done in Greek Blue that would pair perfectly on your living room wall.

When thinking of the lightest, and airiest room in the home, surely you think of the bathroom. Bathrooms are spaces in the home that should feel open and refreshing. Even those curved shower bars are sold in order for your tub/shower to feel more roomy. Creating an open and spacey atmosphere is quite simple when painting with bright pastel colors. Before you choose on a color, take into consideration the color of the wall tile (if you have any). Many websites allow you to upload a color and pair them with other colors.. All the heavy lifting is done for you and you can browse various color schemes that pair perfectly with your uploaded color. Maybe you're renting and can't paint the walls? Not a worry. Even major department stores like Target have fantastic shower curtain options that will pair well with any color your landlord decided to paint with.

Similar to grey, white and black, Olive Green is a magnificent color to paint with and can pair with just about anything. The dark nature of it brings you in and really helps the accents in the room stand out. If you have enough sunlight, you can just about paint with this color in any room in the house... Even the kitchen. With the lustrous chrome accents your kitchen has to offer, a dark Olive Green in the kitchen says deluxe and lavish.

Accent walls are quite common, but many times people are overly cautious with the color, and tend to pick colors that aren't that extravagant. Three white walls with one bright orange says a lot more than three gray walls, with one dark gray wall. Keep in mind that you are creating an accent wall to stand out. Your choice of color should reflect that. Traditionally, dining rooms are usually not painted with bright, exciting colors, but now it becoming more and more popular. Bright greens, blues, and purples are being paired with light and airy colored walls, and truly add something fun to your home interior.

"Make your home - Extraordinary"

Unsightly Wood Paneling?? No Probelm (Interior Painting)

If you are living in an older home from the 60's and 70's, you may be well aware of some of the "design" trends of the past.. I'm talking about wood paneling specifically. Wood paneling does an excellent job of lining the walls of your home with a dated, unsightly coat of wood and is another one of those home improvement projects that you're on the fence about. Remove it? Or Paint it? Painting over wood paneling is a great option with the only requirement being that the paneling is in decent condition. If the wood paneling is peeling and cracking then painting over it may not be the best option. It is interesting to note that some new interior design trends include wood paneling, and some variations of it can look quite astounding. More on that later...

In some cases the wood paneling is actually just plywood covered by a picture of wood that is attached on.. In this case for example, painting over it will actually be a bit easier than painting over actual wood because of how porous some wood can be. The more porous the real wood paneling is, the more coats you will have to apply, thus spending more time and more money to achieve the same look.

If your budget allows, then most likely you can just eliminate it. The first thing you need to know before embarking on this project is if there is drywall behind the wood paneling. Many times there is not, and removing the wood paneling and replacing it with drywall might warrant the help of an expert. If you're not sure whether or not there is drywall behind the wood paneling, you can simply just remove a small section of the wood paneling and see for yourself. I would recommend starting from a corner by prying up a small panel. If you find wall studs directly behind the paneling, then this is a sign that drywall will need to be installed once the paneling is removed. This will be the more costly direction to take, but if your budget allows then all is well. A huge benefit to not finding drywall is that you are able to add insulation in the wall cavity in this scenario, which ultimately leads to better sound resistance between rooms. 

(The act of physically removing the paneling is quite simple and can be done at a beginner level. Essentially the only tool that is required would be a pry bar. The greater section of drywall you can remove at once, the easier and less time consuming your project will be.)

Before you begin prepping any trim or baseboards, make sure to wash the walls off really well. Depending on the material with which they were made, they may have collected a lot of dirt and grime over the years. When you are ready to paint your wood paneling take all the normal prepping precautions you would normally take with the addition of one more; using spackling compound or some similar material to fill in the gaps of the wood paneling. This allows for the entirety of the wall surface to be flat and paint friendly. When all the baseboards, ceiling corners and small objects are taped and prepped for painting, you can begin transforming your living room or basement, into something spectacular.


"Make your home - Extraordinary"

 

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