Selling your home? Is it really ‘sale ready’? If you are not too sure, take a look at it through a buyer’s eyes. Apart from being clean and tidy what are the paint finishes like? Is your home really looking as good as it should?
Choose your colour carefully
If you decide to paint the walls, ceilings or anything else, don’t rush into buying the first colour that you see. You might love red walls but will your potential buyers? The best way forward is to paint your home in a way that buyers will be attracted.
But that doesn’t mean that you must go all white or magnolia, which is what many people do. How about checking out some beige tones or crispy linen shades? Depending on the style and age of your home, you may even want to go down the route of heritage colours. Here you will find some wonderful renditions of colours that have been used successfully for decades. With so many neutral colours to choose from such as ivories, pale greys and even delicate tans, you can add so much to your rooms in the form of style and character.
But don’t get fixated only on colours. What about paint finishes? There are so many to choose from and each one gives a different look:
The name of the finish gives you a good idea of how it will look on the surface. Glossy paints are best for woodwork. Eggshell gives a nice sheen but is not as tough or shiny as gloss. For walls, matt and silk are good choices. Chalk is more often used for painted furniture. Satin and silk are also good for kitchens and bathrooms and they can be wiped down gently and help to resist moisture.
A whiter shade of pale
If you do go for pale or white walls, you can always add an accent colour to a feature wall or even doors. Pale walls reflect light well so if your home is rather dark, this will help to make it look more spacious. This is one of the reasons why lighter colours attract buyers. At the same time, nothing brightens up a home more than a fresh coat of paint. Not only will the surfaces look great, but the rooms will smell fresh and clean. Paler colours are safe to use when selling your house. Practical and inviting, they add the perfect finishing touch.
If you’re looking at selling your home, do pay attention to the paint colours and finishes. If you have many rooms to paint and don’t feel like tackling it as a DIY task, ask a professional painter to help. You can then sit back and watch as your home gets a new lease of life with the right paint.