Greenrose is just about to close on their first property (!!) and during the walk through and inspection, much attention was paid to paint; the existing colors and our dreams for the interior of this house. We applaud the bold experimentation of the previous owner (it is just paint we’re talking here), but this attic room frankly missed the mark.
This got us discussing what we do want for this space and how it is we come up with the paint choices we do. Keep in mind, when real estate investors or sellers hear the phrase “keep it neutral” with regard to color, this doesn’t mean that every room must be beige. Neutrals are like Switzerland. They don’t take sides and their goal is to unite disparate elements. Neutrals come in all colors and should enhance your staging. Remember, your primary goal is to create a room that people can imagine as “home”. Here’s a brief look at what goes into our choices…
What is the purpose of the room? Is it for sleeping? Do we want a calm place to read a book or a lively space for entertaining? Sophisticated calm or casual, beachy fun?
What is the style of the house? A colonial farm house will have a different palate than a Spanish style ranch. Modern minimalist, Craftsman, Victorian?
Equally important and perhaps the most difficult to figure out is how the lighting will affect the color throughout the day. North facing rooms that receive less light do well by having paint with yellow influences to brighten up the tone. South facing colors will be able to withstand blue and gray influences without being flat. That’s not to say paint Northern rooms yellow, rather let the color you choose contain more yellow in the range than blue. We use many neutral shades in blues, greens and yellows.