Questions about Painting to Sell

mcnaughtonJanuary 23, 2011

I want to give my mom the best chance to sell her condo by giving the walls a fresh coat of paint. Right now everything is the same builder's white. I'm feeling as though neutral colors that have some pigment would be better than re-painting white. (thinking about "greige.") I'm also thinking it might be better to avoid painting every wall the same color.

I would be painting the open LR, DR, K and short hallway one color. Should I vary the colors for the 2 bedrooms and 2 baths? How much variation? Both bedrooms the same or different; same question for the bathrooms? The house will be empty and I don't know if that has any bearing on my questions. Any input is appreciated.

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I believe that you are correct that some color on the walls will create a warmer, homier feeling than builder's white. However I do think that you could paint all the walls the same color. A good neutral color is Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2011 at 6:54PM
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My friend used SW Kilim Beige in her kitchen before she sold her house and it was a great color. You aren't going to please everyone but this one would come close. Very few people would hate it.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2011 at 7:04PM
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Paint doesn't have to be beige to be "neutral". Most muted colors (not pastels) are fine. You just don't want people to say "wow, look at that color!" when they walk in.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2011 at 8:52AM
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I recently painted my LR/DR with SW--latte and Kitchen with Nomadic desert. It is a open floor plant and looks amazing with my bone white chair rails and crown molding.

I am planning to paint MBR and other rooms with either nomadic desert or latte once high hats are installed.


    Bookmark   January 24, 2011 at 9:17AM
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I think there is very little down side to using the same color in the whole place. The advantages are significant from a logistics standpoint (not having to change rollers/paint tray etc.) and it will also save money on paint.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2011 at 9:39AM
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If you do decide to paint do yourself a favor and buy a roller extender. It's a pole you attach to the end of your roller. It allows you to get up high without having to get up on a ladder. You will still need the ladder for trim work BUT not having to move up and down so much with a tray of paint and a roller saves you time and is so much better on your back!
You can also save time by wrapping your roller and brush in foil and putting it in the fridge overnight rather than cleaning it off or putting a new on if you are going to paint again with the same color in the next two days. Just remove it about 10 minutes before you start work so it can thaw out.
BTW if you by the big 5 gallon cans of paint look for the lid remover they now make. It's plastic cost about 3 dollars and will save your fingers and knuckles from getting beat up trying to get the lid off the plastic bucket.
Can ya tell I do ALOT of painting?

    Bookmark   January 24, 2011 at 12:27PM
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It's true that paint can be neutral and not beige but if you're going to repaint the entire place a neutral beige is a good choice. Since it will be empty you want a warm inviting color so I don't think greige. I think it will read colder.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2011 at 2:38PM
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Just two thoughts beyond those already posted:

- If you do go for a single color, please do not paint the walls and all the trim and the doors and windows the same color. When we were house-hunting, we saw one place done in a nice-looking greige, but because everything had been blessed with a coat of paint, the entire house looked like it had been dippped in the paint can.

- The roller extension pole is a great idea! But if you have brooms or mops in your house, you may already have a pole you can attach to the bottom of the roller handle. And -- personal experience -- don't waste your time with one of those "roller sticks" -- they take so long to clean that you pretty much eclipse the time savings of rolling rolling rolling. And if you don't clean, they clog and become essentially disposable.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2011 at 6:50PM
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I generally can't stand beige. However, our stagers recommended Kilim Beige and so we painted with that (a few rooms have Upward Grey) and it is a great color and I really like it. Will probably put it in our new house.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2011 at 9:48PM
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We just put our home on the market, here's what we did:

LR/DR/Kitchen/Hallway - all NEEDED painting due to various color swatches and some drywall repairs - all got a coat of Benjamin Moore 'Wheeling Neutral' (because we needed a more green/yellow based beige to not look like skin with our reddish wood trim).

Bath - didn't need painting - left it BM Colorado Grey - which reads blue grey

3 bedrooms off hall - needed painting due to drywall repairs - all got a coat of BM Soft Chinchilla - which is a bit lighter than Colorado Grey, but still reads blue grey.

No, blue is not neutral, but it's not a disagreeable color either. I'm certain that it works better than the yellow purple and tan that were in the bedrooms before!

    Bookmark   January 25, 2011 at 10:22AM
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Best bet is to hire a color consultant or a staging pro as
the best shade of beige depends upon the colors in the decor. Not all beige's are flattering to all color schemes.
It may be that another color altogether would work better.

In addition, since you are going to go through the hassle of painting, a professional can give you advice that will help your home present better than all of the other houses on the market that are also being painted beige for sale purposes.

In this market, it's not quite enough to look better than it does needs to look it's best. Even the most flattering paint color won't be noticed if there are other issues (too much furniture, poor placement of furniture, too personalized, to depersonalized, repair issues, etc) that will distract the buyer from the positive aspects of the house.

A professional can help you identify those issues if they exist and provide ideas on how to make your house as attractive as possible to potential buyers.

Lots of competition, one chance to make a great impression.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2011 at 11:49PM
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thanks for taking the time to make thoughtful comments!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2011 at 10:46PM
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I'm now looking for a Sherwin Williams neutral tan but I have to make some accomodation for the carpeting. It is beige with a little pinkish tint. Any paint suggestions? I don't want a yellow-based paint to fight a pinkish tone. Ideas?

    Bookmark   February 23, 2011 at 10:49PM
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Kilim Beige - as mentioned before.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2011 at 10:07AM
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Beige without a pinkish undertone will only play up the pinkish undertone in the IMO, Kilim Beige may not be your best choice.

Pinkish undertones are very tricky and stubborn to mute with colors that have no pink undertone. In design, split complimentary colors work best to offset undesirable undertones, but that has to consider all of the room decor and involves having a very keen color sense to coordinate effectively...which can be too involved for staging purposes.

Best bet is to buy a few mini-jars; one of Kilim as well as others that actually have a pink analogous colors tend to always look good together due to their common component....and the right shade will fade the undertone into the background. And..don't limit yourself to one brand of paint.

If none look right, best to invest in advice from a professional color consultant.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2011 at 11:02AM
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Here is my old house that I painted Kilim Beige with a slight pink undertone carpet. Didn't realize it had the pinkish undertone before I painted as it didn't show with the pink/lavender that was there.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2011 at 11:16AM
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I didn't realize SW Kilim was so popular! I just helped a friend pick out colors for her new house yesterday and Kilim was one she chose for her mudroom and pantry. SW Mocha is another she went with. A little darker, but with the red undertones, is going to look great in her breakfast room! From the lighting at her place, I thought Kilim looked a little "goldish." Anyone else see that in that color? I say that because of the "pink" references above

    Bookmark   February 25, 2011 at 6:21PM
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That is indeed the problem of trying to get advice about color on the web....monitors often do not show the true color...then, depending upon the flooring, furnishings, lighting, window treatments, etc the color can look very different from one room to the next.

Even those room painting kiosks and/or manufacturer's programs/apps do not show the true colors...just compare the color sample to the screen and it is usually off.

That is why one needs to buy little pots of colors that they like and try them out in the room in which they will be used...or hire a professional color consultant to help them decide.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2011 at 12:13PM
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Please see the photo of our new lake house. We like blue, but everything is blue!
You can see the color of the kitchen cabinets, flooring, the cedar trim and cedar tree posts that we have to wok around. Any decorating ideas and color choices appreciated!

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 11:28PM
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This thread is about painting to sell, not picking a paint color for your new house.

You should post your own thread instead of hijacking an old one.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 9:18AM
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Posting in the home decorating board would also help you the most!

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 9:20AM
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