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How to Stage a Home with a Neutral Color Palette

June 1, 2020

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Discover our best tips for using a neutral color palette in your home to ensure it has the widest appeal to potential homebuyers!

 

OPEN UP

Homeowners, take note: there’s a long-held notion that brightly colored walls turn away potential home-buyers faster than you can say, “we can repaint!” A surefire way to avoid this sort of disaster is to be proactive. Paint your walls in a bright + neutral color palette before you put your home on the market. If you scroll through design blogs + Pinterest like we do, you will notice that there’s something undeniably welcoming about an airy + sunny space. Colors like taupe, cream and even bright white immediately open up any room—even in homes that don’t have a ton of natural light. 

 

GO FOR TEXTURE

When it comes to interior design + home staging, there’s a concern that an all-white space will look empty, clinical, or cold. However, you can create warmth + interest by carefully considering the fabrics + materials you select in your design. Woven leather chairs, a boucle loveseat, or marble accessories are all pieces that quietly catch (and keep) a homebuyer’s attention. These design choices invite a potential homebuyer to easily imagine how the space will look with their own pieces. 

 

START SMALL

If the walls of your home are already painted in soft, neutral tones, congrats! You’re already ahead of the game. But let’s say you still feel like there’s not enough personality in the space. Add some color in small doses! Consider incorporating color through accessories like pillows + throw blankets. Alternatively, you could opt to bring in a piece of accent furniture upholstered in a richly hued fabric. These design tricks will add small focus points and also keep a homebuyer’s eye moving through the space. 

 

LET THERE BE LIFE

Yet another way to successfully design with a neutral color palette is to add plants to your space. Adding potted succulents, cactus or greenery throughout your home is an easy way to make the space feel cozy + lived-in. Utilizing faux plants, fresh flowers, or dried botanicals are other great options as well! Strategically placed flora are a great design tool to use in spaces where the walls and furniture are mostly neutral. 

 

PUMP UP THE CONTRAST

Contrast is an important principle of good design. Spaces with contrast grab our attention even from a distance. So in good faith, let’s say you’ve painted your walls in muted tones, you’ve added pieces with plenty of texture, and you’ve set out some greenery here and there. What’s next? For those final touches, use accent decor or wall art that pop against a bright backdrop. Details like a wooden cheeseboard on the kitchen counter or a piece of large abstract art in the living room create eye-catching spaces through contrast.

 

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