Decorating Your Home For Future Buyers? Don’t Let Colour Cloud Your Thinking
HOMEOWNERS are often told to redecorate their house before they try to sell it by giving it a fresh coat of paint or a new roll of wallpaper.
But although it can help add value to a property – there is one thing you should never let colour your judgement: the shades you go for.
Opting for garish and standout colours might help you stand out, but it could backfire – so leave those pinks for the Barbie franchise not for the prospective bidders.
Instead, choose a neutral as this is likely to make it more appealing to future buyers.
Klara Painter, from House Buy Fast, said: “Colours have the power to change how we feel. Surrounding ourselves with vibrant hues can release dopamine, the feel-good hormone. But if you go too garish it can really put people off. To make sure the result is not an eyesore use a colour wheel. It’s a valuable tool in colour theory and it always works.”
Here are some basic rules you can follow:
Explore different shades or tints from the same colour group. E.g. various blues. This way you will create a monochromatic interior that is calm and elegant. It’s a foolproof rule that guarantees a harmonious look.
Select colours from neighbouring groups on the colour wheel. E.g. yellow, yellow-green, and green. By doing so, you can infuse your room with an array of vibrant and balanced colours.
Experiment with complementary colours. You will find them opposite each other on the colour wheel, such as yellow and purple. This daring combination can create a bold and intriguing effect. And will add a wow factor to your space. Before you decide on a colour, give it a test run. You can do this by using a sample pot and painting a small area of lining paper with different shades. It helps you see how you like it before making a final decision.
If you already have a specific colour in mind, many DIY shops can help you out. They offer a colour matching service where they can mix the exact shade you want in the finish you prefer. So you can get the perfect paint for your project.
Remember, there’s one more rule: Break the rules! Your home is for you, and it should be a place where you feel good and comfortable. If your initial colour choices don’t work out as expected, don’t worry. You can always paint over them and start again.