A new take on neutrals

By D’Ann Harper | Aug 27, 2019

Home Design

Putting a fresh coat of paint on your walls is an inexpensive and easy way to enhance the value of your home. But therein lies the rub: painting is easy compared to picking a color!

If you’re having trouble committing to a color, consider neutrals. Homeowners thinking of putting their home on the market often turn to neutrals to create a blank canvas that potential buyers can paint in their minds as they picture themselves in your home. Your Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, Realtors sales professional will certainly be able to help when the time comes to “stage” your home and get it ready for sale.

But that blank canvas doesn’t have to be boring – or white for that matter! There are many variations of the neutral theme to explore.

Warm or Cool?

Neutrals can be divided into two camps: warm colors and cool colors. Warm colors have undertones of yellow, orange, red or beige, while cool colors have undertones of blue, violet or silver.

Warm colors evoke a relaxing, comforting feeling while cool colors are often used to convey a laid back, sophisticated vibe.

Warm neutrals include beige, taupe and brown, while cool colors are more in the gray range.

It’s easy to equate neutral with boring, but subtle hints of color can provide an understated element that intimates style without screaming color.

Consider the difference between “Quiet Gray” Pantone 14-4107, a traditional neutral, with “Ether” Pantone 14-4506, which has an enticing hint of blue.

Similarly, “Hazelnut” Pantone 14-1315 is a warm beige that suggests sand, while “Starfish” Pantone 7522C has a rosy beige hue that infuses color without taking over.

Paint to Sell – or Stay

If you are putting your home on the market soon, neutrals are a great way to stage your home. Using the same color throughout can create a more open feeling and highlights interesting features in your home such as trim, light fixtures or appliances.

But neutrals also complement everyday living by letting your art, unique furnishings or spectacular views stand out and take center stage. 

Picking paint colors often presents a challenge, but it’s easy to commit when you take a new look at neutrals. Happy painting!

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