When repainting a house, to either improve the aesthetic quality to keep or sell the home, it often becomes difficult to know when to draw the line between trendy and time-honored colors. Too little color can make a house feek stark and uninviting, but too much color can be busy and too stimulating, not to mention all the colors a new buyer hates.
While an off-shade of white or beige has been a time-honored tradition, and is still a solid choice for many rooms, other people are considering the color gray to be the right neutral. In various shades, it has the capacity to bring elegance, calm, coolness, and the right canvas for some boldly-colored pieces of furniture.
Because gray ranges in tones from gray-white to charcoal, there’s no need to stick to one color of gray, either, which can give a feeling of versatility and character to each room. No long considered a drab color, it is considered by many home interior designers as the right neutral.
If you’re selling your home, you may wish to stick to a light to medium gray hue. This family of gray gives most buyers a sense of what their furniture may look like in each room, as there are few colors that doesn’t coordinate with gray. Leather furniture looks great in a room painted gray as does bright colors like lemon yellow, fuschia or lime. This allows the potential buyer to envision their own belongings in each room and makes your home appear “turn-key” ready.
Rather than overwhelmed with all the painting the buyers will have to do or pay to have done, they leave with a sense of calmness that they could move right in without much mess or fuss. This is a huge advantage to people looking to buy a home, particularly those that own furniture and appliances already. Gray is also a forgiving color when it comes to dust and dirt – and basic white trim can give any gray room a clean and inviting feel. Darker shades of gray can even be used in moderation, such as an accent wall of steel gray, in order to give a room a sense of depth or adventure. There are few neutrals that give as much versatility yet character – try gray for your next home painting venture and then have fun with splashes of bright decor.
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