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Top Paint Shades When Preparing to Sell Your Central Illinois Home

It’s no secret that a little staging or sprucing up can go a long way when you’re planning to sell your home. Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to give it a transformation.

The clean and fresh presentation of new paint makes a big impact and generally helps homes sell in a faster time frame and for more money.

In selecting colors, you’ll want to choose shades that will show your space well and help buyers to envision themselves living in the home. Think natural, inviting, calm, & neutral!

You don’t have to think white when you hear the word neutral. In fact, most stagers advise that white can read uninviting and stark. Instead, you want a shade that gives off that “feels like home” feeling.

Today’s home buyers still favor neutrals with cooler undertones, like shades of gray, greige, and pale blues.


Here are some helpful tips and tricks:

  1. Choose colors in the same color palette throughout the home to create flow and easy movement from one room to the next. The more consistent the color palette, the larger the space appears.
  2. Focus on entry points, high traffic areas, and rooms buyers will tend to spend the most time in: your foyer, kitchen, family rooms, & master bedroom
  3. Pay attention to the lighting in your home at different times of day as potential buyers will be visiting during day and evening.
  4. Consider your home’s existing flooring, window treatments, & furniture when selecting shades.
  5. Play with subtle contrast, for example in your kitchen or bathrooms, to add some visual interest and dimension in photos.
  6. Keep colors consistent in the bedrooms: different colors in each room can ready choppy
  7. Don’t underestimate the finish of the paint you select. In general, flat is the most popular and most stylish.
  8. Remember your front door too! This is a buyer’s first impression of what they will find inside.

If you’re considering investing in painting and other home improvements as you prepare your home for the market, give us a call at 217-351-4900 or send us an email. We can help you evaluate potential projects so that you get the most bang for you buck!

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