What Colors Sell?

Whether you are buying or selling a home, everyone is always wondering about what colors are the most appealing.

The answers have just as much to do with where you live as it does with what’s in style at the present time. For instance, if you live in a very traditional home in the northeast, one may see very dark and conservative colors. If you live in a seaside home in one of the coastal states, one may see warm yet bright light colors like greens and yellows. Yet in cities, one might encounter more contemporary looks that are cold live silvers, greys, and blacks.

In addition to where you live, tastes and trends change from year to year. For instance, in the late 90’s, brass hardware and fixtures were really in. No one wants brass today. Brushed nickel, chrome, and oil-rubbed bronze seem to be what everyone likes and wants. In the late 90’s, oak cabinets were still ok. Blonde or light wood trim and floors were popular. No one wants oak cabinets today. Walnut and Cherry cabinets seem to be what’s in demand. Dark trim and dark floors are far preferred over light. Ceramic tile was everywhere and today tile gives way to hardwood. Natural stones are preferred over tile.

A homeowner could drive themselves crazy trying to chase trends and constantly stay up with the times. I know it’s been said many times before, but it’s worth stating again: stay neutral. Earth tones are always best. Don’t be too dark or too light even with neutral colors. Your staging or decorating should be the items that add color to a room, not the wall. Your accessories and accent pieces that have color will make a room stand out while keeping the flooring, trim and walls neutral.

With all of that said, Benjamin Moore Paints likes to announce each year their ‘Color of the Year’. For 2013, Benjamin Moore says that the “In” color is… (drum roll please) ‘Lemon Sorbet’. Think long and hard before you decide to paint that in your home.


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