You know how real estate experts often advise that you de-personalize your house and "neutralize" the colors before you list it for sale? That tends to be good advice, and the folks from whom we bought this house had done just that; everything was pretty beige when we moved in. But the first thing I did was to paint EVERY ROOM in the house. Want to take a look around?
Foyer (which leads to kitchen ahead, dining room on left, and library on right. How I loved my black banister!):
Dining room (It was really red. My favorite part was the subtle striping on the walls. I did this by painting the whole room with flat paint, then I taping off stripes and painting every other stripe with high-gloss paint in the same color.):
Study (Including Snickers, the beagle. We did a Ralph Lauren "leather" faux finish below the chair rail in this room.):
Kitchen and breakfast area (Bright green, anyone?):
Bonus room (with Snickers again):
Upstairs hall (with another glance at the black banister):
Master bedroom (How many pillows could I get on one bed??):
Child's bedroom (He loved his lighthouses back then.):
You can probably tell that I did NOT "tone things down" before we listed our house. I de-cluttered and cleaned, but that's about it. And our house sold the day it was listed.
- Use a very neutral color in spaces such as hallways.
- Make sure that the color you paint a room coordinates nicely with any adjacent rooms.