Urban Natural Homes September 4, 2014

Paint Color Choices: Are You Planning on Selling—or Just Sprucing Up Your Abode?


One of the easiest and least expensive ways to improve the appearance of your home is through a few gallons of paint. But the colors you pick should be weighed with your ultimate goal: are you just jazzing the place up—or are you possibly looking to sell in the near future? If you’re looking to sell, you’re going to want to focus on a more neutral color scheme for a number of reasons. Buyers want to look at a house as a blank canvas on which to project their own preferences and style and can be very distracted by someone else’s color choices. Today’s buyer also wants to do as little work as possible when they move in and a strong color they don’t relate to indicates the need to paint right away. And finally, neutral colors help a property look its best in online photography as opposed to strong, bright colors, which can be distracting.

When choosing exterior colors, be sure to take the other homes in the area and your environmental surroundings into consideration. In the Pacific Northwest, earthy tones tend to be a good choice for most homes, as we are typically surrounded by trees and foliage. Also, be sure to take into account the roof color, brickwork, stonework and other material elements of your home. And finally, be aware of the architectural style of your home when picking out paint. A Victorian, for example, is known for vivid, multi-color paint schemes. This same color scheme would be a disaster on a NW Contemporary home.

In terms of interior choices, if you’re just looking to spruce the place up, as opposed to getting the place ready for the market, then the sky’s the limit on expressing your personal style! Here’s some guidelines to get you started:

Living Rooms:

Living rooms are an area where warm, neutral colors work best whether or not you are planning to sell. Warm colors are inviting and welcoming while neutral hues let the objects and artwork come forward. Neutral hues create a great backdrop for the stronger colors in rugs, furniture and pillows.


Kitchens tend to be the most active room in the house and warm, bright colors can set the stage for all of that activity. Light colors such as pale yellow and warm beige can add brightness and reflectivity; or choose rich reds or terra-cotta hues for a more earthy, old-world feel.


Bedrooms are designed for relaxing. Think soft greens or blues, which will give a soothing, restful feel to the room.


As most bathrooms tend to be relatively small spaces, selecting colors that emphasize space is important in the bathroom. Warm whites or a lighter version of most colors will make a bathroom appear larger. Stay away from darker colors, which will always make a bathroom appear smaller.