When preparing to sell your home, it’s important to consider every step that will increase its appeal to potential buyers. While the existing color scheme made it feel like home to you, pressing the reset button to neutral will help potential buyers envision themselves living in the house. Skip the paint research-induced headaches by using these no-fail staging paint selections, and watch the sold sign go up in no time.

 

All-Over Neutral: Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

This greige hue is a go-to choice to create a neutral backdrop in open areas. The grey-beige color can appear both warm and cool, depending on lighting. Pair Revere Pewter with white trim for a polished, neutral look.

Suggested rooms: Open spaces, such as family rooms or open concept layouts.

Go-To Gray: Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice

This pale gray option blends in with virtually every design style. Whether your home is traditional, transitional or modern, Crushed Ice will seamlessly blend in the background, letting your home’s selling features shine.

Suggested rooms: This chameleon color can be used throughout the house.

Calming Blue: Benjamin Moore Blue Veil

Help your home evoke vibes of peacefulness and calm, from the minute potential buyers walk through the door. This cool pale blue has enough color to subtly stand out, but not enough to dominate the space.

Suggested rooms: The entryway, gathering spaces or bedrooms.

All-Over White: Benjamin Moore Simply White

With countless white paint options to choose from, it can be the most difficult color to select. This clean white has both warm and cool hues, making it work with a variety of decor styles and appeal to many different tastes.

Suggested rooms: This crisp shade can help entryways or sun-drenched spaces shine.

Create Space: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

This bright white can make any space appear larger. Crisp, yet soft, this hue creates a fresh, while cozy vibe. Use this color in rooms you want to create the illusion of additional space.

Suggested rooms: To brighten — and enlarge — a kitchen or master bathroom.

Distract from Poor Lighting: Benjamin Moore White Dove

White Dove works wonders in rooms with poor lighting. Use this shade in rooms without overhead lighting, or in rooms with limited natural light. The soft white hues stay true to color, regardless of the level of light.

Suggested rooms: In the basement, office or bedrooms without sunlight.

Dramatic Neutral: Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal

When you think of neutrals, light hues typically come to mind. However, a dark neutraladds intrigue and style, while making a space memorable to buyers. A dark paint selection also has the ability to make a small space appear larger.

Suggested rooms: This cool, sophisticated color is perfect for an office, dining room or powder room.

Classic Navy: Benjamin Moore Stunning

Another dark neutral, navy paint coordinates with most decor styles and adds an instant level of classic appeal, while not taking itself too seriously.

Suggested rooms: Similar to a charcoal, this timeless hue adds extra richness to an office or den, dining room or guest bathrooms.

Finish Guide

Once you have selected your paint selections, getting the right finish can elevate your home’s appearance, as well as hide any flaws on the walls. As a general guide, the higher the sheen the more durable the paint will be.

Rooms prone to moisture (kitchens, bathrooms): Semi-gloss or high gloss finish.

High-traffic areas (family room, play room, living areas): Satin finish, for easy cleaning.

Low-traffic areas (dining room, bedrooms): Eggshell or matte finish.

WRITTEN BY DEANNA KANE
Deanna Kane is an interiors, home decor, and real estate writer. She enjoys taking on her own home renovation and design projects, and staying current on the local real estate market.