No Fail Neutrals That Won't Disappoint

Choosing the right paint color can be tricky.  It looks great in the store, the small chip sample looks okay in your house... you think... it is hard to tell for sure since it is so small.  You decide to pull the trigger, buy a gallon of paint and once you start rolling it onto your walls your stomach starts to turn because your grey color actually looks a bit purple.   Your husband hates purple.  Then you must decide, do I stick with it anyways or spend the time and money to try a different gallon of paint and HOPE for better results.  I know this because I have been there too.

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To save you some trouble and avoid that "uh-oh" moment when you start rolling, I am giving you our go-to list of classic neutrals that look great in almost any space.

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White

There is no doubt that white has made a big mark in recent designs.  The craze of all white interiors is elegant, classic, and simple.  In staging, however, white can often be portrayed as sterile and lacking warmth.  We usually recommend avoiding white walls but white makes a great paint color for architectural features that need a face lift such as kitchen cabinets, shiplap, or built-ins.

White Dove (Benjamin Moore) - Linden Creek Home Staging

White Dove (Benjamin Moore) - Linden Creek Home Staging

Gray, Beige, and Everything In Between

For your primary living spaces we recommend a neutral gray, beige, or "greige."  This color pallet is timeless, approachable, and inviting.  By keeping the color neutral buyers can imagine their furnishings and decor in the house without adding a paint job to their to do list.  Even if it isn't their "perfect" hue, it is a livable color they can change down the road.  Here are some colors we love.

Classic Gray (Benjamin Moore) -  Studio McGee  

Classic Gray (Benjamin Moore) - Studio McGee 

Gray Owl (Benjamin Moore) -  Donna Benedetto Designs

Gray Owl (Benjamin Moore) -  Donna Benedetto Designs

Revere Pewter (Benjamin Moore) - Source Unknown

Revere Pewter (Benjamin Moore) - Source Unknown

Blue

According to Zillow's recent color study, the right shade of blue brings the biggest premium to kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms.  Psychologists report that lighter shades of blue inspire safety and serenity.  Blue has also been shown to slow heart rates and breathing, creating a perfect environment for relaxation.  Take a look at a few of our favorites.

Palladian Blue (Benjamin Moore) - Linden Creek Home Staging

Palladian Blue (Benjamin Moore) - Linden Creek Home Staging

Smoke (Benjamin Moore) - Heather O'Donovan Interior Design

Smoke (Benjamin Moore) - Heather O'Donovan Interior Design

Dark & Moody

We love using dark, saturated colors for front doors, dining rooms, dens, and even cabinets.  Use the colors over a small footprint and it makes a big impact and often highlight unique architectural features in a home.  These designers nailed it.

Cabinets in Greyhound (Benjamin Moore) - Source unknown

Cabinets in Greyhound (Benjamin Moore) - Source unknown

Hale Navy (Benjamin Moore) -  Life on Virginia Street

Hale Navy (Benjamin Moore) - Life on Virginia Street

Wrought Iron (Benjamin Moore) -  Timeless Paper

Wrought Iron (Benjamin Moore) - Timeless Paper

Make life more beautiful.

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