If there’s one thing that doesn’t require substantial funds, but can greatly contribute to the appeal of your home to prospective buyers, it has to be the careful selection of interior colors. You may be a fan of dark or very bright colors, but keep in mind that most buyers find them off-putting.
Another thing you should also bear in mind when selling a house is the fact that people are much more likely to be attracted to a property that is ready for them to move in instantly. So, if you’re planning on putting your home up for sale, the following tips might help you.
Balancing Color Schemes
You would like to use various colors, but you don’t want them to clash and “fight” over which one is dominant color? Try using a so-called “primary” color on around 60 percent of the area, a “secondary” on 30 percent, while the remaining 10 percent should be painted in an accent color. Naturally, the accent color should be evenly distributed around the room, rather than concentrated in one part of it.
The use of complementary colours is also potentially beneficial, but only if their ratio is, say, 75:25. Any greater deviation from this ratio would either diminish their synergy or, in case of equal proportions, awaken anxiety among potential buyers.
The most popular choices for interior colors are black, grey, beige and white. Neutral colors, as the name suggests, blend well with pretty much any environment, but that doesn’t mean they are dull. On the contrary, depending on their schemes, they can be quite sleek, like in this property for sale in Sydney.
For example, grey is currently among the most fashionable colours. Not only does it let brighter colours shine even more, but it can also be used almost everywhere. People also often opt for ivory, wheat or beige when staging their homes.
Let there be Light
We are all familiar with the effect of various types of lighting on colors. What looks great in natural light may look quite the opposite when illuminated by incandescent lighting or LEDs. That’s why you need to think about the type of natural light in your home has and its distribution and intensity.
This is crucial when it comes to selecting your indoor colours and you have to bear in mind that the incandescent light will add a yellowish cast, while halogen bulbs have very little effect on colour tones. If your wall is facing north, you should probably avoid dark colours on that wall, since it will appear even darker.
Consequently, a south-facing wall should probably not be painted in bright colours, since they will only become even brighter due to their exposure to natural light. That’s where neutral colours play an important role, for instance.
One of the most important things is not to have sudden transitions from one color to another, but rather have a smooth transition, a “flow” as you walk around the place. To achieve this, you might want to use the same color in all rooms, or at least choose various shades of the same color.
Colors can also help you visually expand a room or a whole house. This effect is achieved by using the same light color on walls and baseboards. Also, you can choose to have a recurring color in several rooms. A wall in the dining room might be painted in the same color as the rug in the bedroom or an armchair in the living room.
A lot can be learnt about the use of colors in home staging by browsing through properties on sale online. Of course, the photos may show an image that doesn’t reflect the real situation to the finest detail, particularly in terms of the brightness of colors, but you should be able to get a pretty good idea about what would work in your own home.