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2021 Best Paint Colors To Sell Your House

Updated January 8, 2021

“What paint color should I use to paint my house when selling my home?”

Trends in paint colors for getting your house ready to sell come and go just like any other design trend.  We went from deep beige in the 90’s to gray this past decade. What color may be popular to decorate your house with to stay and enjoy, may be different than what builders and stagers are recommending for staging. Gray is now moving over to the next popular staging color, white.  YES, white! But hang in there, white MAY NOT be for you!!! There are other options!

“Do I really need to paint my house to sell it?  I really like the colors of my home.”

By far, painting your home is the #1 most effective inexpensive renovation that will increase the value of your home exponential more than other renovations that you can do to your house.

When you’re selling your house, the walls should be neutral.  Neutral walls is the canvas like an artist’s canvas to create a masterpiece.  Its the backdrop to add the décor and accessories which will add pizzazz to the home.

The purpose of staging when getting your house ready to sell, is that you’re appealing to the majority of the buyers.  Which means you’re appealing to 80 to 90% of the population.  That means you need to make your house neutral, trendy and appealing to the masses so that they can picture themselves living in your home. It doesn’t mean that every single room in your house has to be a neutral. You can have different color trends in your home.  Popular rooms to add pops of color would be an office, powder room, dining room or a primary bedroom.  It’s how often, and how you use them is the important question to ask.

If potential buyers feel the need to paint your house, they will either move on to another house that doesn’t need painting, or worse, they will come in with a lower offer compensating for their time, materials & labor to repaint the house.

2021 Top 5 Staging Paint Color Choices:

Best Warm White

Whites are trending right now as the most popular paint color, especially among new builds, and condos.  They’re clean, fresh and the white gives you a clean slate to style it the way you want. Its your canvas as you stage and style your home.

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Debi-Collinson-Add-Value-To-Your-Home Benjamin Moore OC-17 White Dove

Benjamin Moore’s White Dove is in the white collection.  It is a soft warm white with creamy undertones and a slight hint of greige.   It’s a great color if you’re using it for your walls.  White is a popular staging color especially among new construction.

The house  looks clean and fresh when white is used, but its so important that the staging of the home is done properly.  Otherwise the home could potentially come across as cold.

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OC-117 Simply White

Benjamin Moore’s Simply White was the Color of the Year 2016.  It’s popular because its both a bright and warm white at the same time making it very versatile.  Its often used for doors & trim, but due to its warm yellow undertones, it looks great on walls as well and creates that perfect canvas to decorate & stage your home.

 

Cool white is currently the most popular paint color for staging your house.  But it’s also the trickiest color to decorate with!

Last year, I was called in to help two separate clients who’s realtors told them to paint their house “white” since it was the trending color. The challenge was that these whites were not the best whites for their respective homes.  The whites were cool whites, too stark, and showed lots of gray and shadows ,especially at night time where typically alot of showings occur.  Both houses were on the market for 4+ months without being sold. Working with the clients we were able to soften the look of the stark white with using accessories and adding larger pictures.  Not the best solution but it worked.  The best solution, of course, is choosing the right color the first time around, and not having the stress and expense of a house for sale for 4 months!

Best Cream Paint Colors for Staging Your House

Cream is making a comeback. It’s easier to decorate with than white, and its perfect for houses that have warm elements like wood kitchens and warm wood floors.  It suits houses that are more traditional.

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Benjamin Moore OC-95 Navajo White

Sherwin Williams 7012 Creamy

Pictured above is Benjamin Moore’s Navajo White. Both BM’s Navajo White and SW Creamy are great creams to use for staging.  They are warm neutrals that are both in their off-white collection, they both would look great to paint a whole house in, and would complement warm woods in flooring and cabinets, as well as warm home decor.  They are both warmer than a white, but lighter than a tan.

BEST TAN

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Benjamin Moore HC-81 Manchester Tan

This classic color looks like linen.  It is a soft warm beige best suited for interiors where there is cream furniture, cream fixtures like bathroom cabinets, warm oak flooring or beige cabinets, warm kitchen cabinets where white or gray would look to stark like my staging example at the beginning. It’s light in color and does not scream “beige” like the 80’s and 90’s.

Don’t paint your house a color that’s on its way out.  It will date your house and increase the chances of a lower offer.

BEST “GREIGE” (GRAY + BEIGE)

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Benjamin Moore Pale Oak OC-20

Pale Oak is a favorite color among sellers and home owners alike. It has enough warmth in the gray family to keep it from looking too cold and sterile.  Pale Oak however, can look like a different color in various rooms & areas in your house.  It can look greige in one room and a cool gray in another area depending upon the time of day, the amount of sun a room has or lack thereof.  Its best to test this color out to make sure that it coordinates with your furniture, flooring, and cabinetry in your home.

 

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Benjamin Moore OC-41 French Canvas

A cross between beige and gray thus the name “greige”.  It’s a great neutral that will work with most types of furnishings and spaces.  It’s a safe color to choose for staging your home. Especially if you have a mix of “cool” and “warm” colored furniture, textiles &  fixtures.  French Canvas is in Benjamin Moore’s off-white collection and is the perfect blend of gray & beige.

 

BEST GRAY

Even though cool grays are on the way out as the most popular staging paint color, it still may be the best color for your home if you have alot of gray elements like gray flooring or tile, or a gray kitchen.  Choose lighter cooler grays as opposed to the darker grays that were popular a few years ago.  They are definitely out of style now. If you don’t want to go with gray because it would just be too much gray, the whites would also be another viable option.

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Benjamin Moore HC-171 Wickham Gray

For those that have cool colored floors, fixed cool elements like gray kitchen cabinets or gray furniture, Benjamin Moore’s Wickham Gray is a “cool” gray that is light and neutral.  It will create the perfect backdrop for artwork and accessories. It is the darkest I would go in a gray to stage your home with the current trends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST CEILING & TRIM COLORS

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Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65

Sherwin-Williams Pure White SW 7005

BM’s Chantilly Lace or SW’s Pure White is a fan favorite among designers & home owners alike. Chantilly Lace & Pure White is a “pure white” because it has no tint added to it.  It’s perfect for doors & trim but not recommended for walls or kitchen cabinetry.  It’s way too stark.  There are better white options for walls & cabinetry.

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OC-117 Simply White

Benjamin Moore’s Simply White was the Color of the Year 2016.  It’s popular because its both a bright and warm white at the same time making it very versatile.  Its often used for doors & trim, but due to its warm yellow undertones, it looks great on walls as well and creates that perfect canvas to decorate & stage your home.

 

Just because a paint color is a trending staging color doesn’t meant that it’s the right color for YOUR house!

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In one house I staged, the owner had complained about the furniture that I put into the home.  It was the first complaint that I ever had about the furniture.  The challenge wasn’t the furniture.  The challenge was, the PAINTER had chosen the wrong color (picture at left) and it was difficult to make the house look warm & inviting.  The kitchen cabinets were a warm honey oak while the floors, were a warm but darker reddish oak.  The painter picked a cool gray because it was the trending staging paint color at the time.  Everyone was using that color.  But the cool gray clashed with the natural woods in the room and the warm beige carpet in the bedrooms. The room felt “off” no matter how great the furniture looked in the room. The correct color would have been a warm gray, tan or cream.  The house sat on the market for 4+ months and a couple of price reductions before it was sold.  This was unnecessary stress and loss of money for the homeowner if the color was picked correctly the first time around!

Read my one of my most challenging staging jobs where the painter had incorrectly picked the wrong color for this house. Never Let Your Painter Choose Your Paint Color When Selling Your House

Research Your Area to Know What the Color Trends are for YOUR Neighborhood & Demographics

Cool grays are lighter now, and the warmer grays (greige as they have become known as) are lighter too.  White & soft creams are the most popular staging colors, especially in new builds and commercial spaces. Grays is still popular in some areas, whereas white is more popular in other areas.  You need to know the trend in your neighborhood before you paint.  Are you in an older suburb? Trendy condo or townhouse? Or a relatively new build?  That’s why it’s important to search the current real estate listing in your area and go to open houses in your neighborhood as much as you can, so you will know the trends. Ideally, you should be starting this research well before you are ready to list your house.

Read  Treat Your House Like a Business

Need help picking your paint colors?

I can help you with that. As one of the first stagers ever in the industry, I have helped hundreds of clients make their homes stunning, and help them make money beyond their wildest expectations.  I’ve staged many houses that sat on the market unstaged to turn the clients’ situation around, stage the home where the home sold within 1 – 2 weeks.  As a real estate investor, I know what renovations work to sell a house for a healthy profit and which ones are not worth the investment.  Let me help you choose the right color for the home.

Online Main Floor Staging Paint Color

The wrong wall color can make your house look dated, unattractive or clash with your currentone-floor-staging-paint-color-add-value-to-your-home-debi-collinson flooring, kitchen cabinets etc. which can turn potential buyers off.  Make sure you have the right color for your furniture, accessories AND most importantly, the selling features of your home! 

Click here for my expertise & help with my online packages!

 

 

 

 

 

Online One Room Paint Color to Sell Your House

one-room-paint-color-staging-online-add-value-to-your-home-debi-collinsonYou’re getting your house ready to sell but you have a room or room(s) in your house that have a dated paint color or the walls need a refresh coat of paint to show the house well to potential buyers.  But you need help in picking a paint color that suits the current furniture & fixtures in the room but is a current trendy staging color.   Click here for my expertise & help!

 

More Posts on Preparing Your House for Sale:

Why You Need to go to Open Houses in Your Neighborhood

Treat Your House Like a Business When Selling Your Home

About Debi Collinson. Stager. Home Stylist. Color Consultant. Real Estate Investor.

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I help busy homeowners, just like you, to style their house to make it a stunning retreat, where they can live and enjoy their home. I help homeowners, make money beyond their wildest expectations from the sale of their house by guiding them when they’re getting their house to sell.

Hi! I’m Debi Collinson. Home Stylist. Stager. Color Consultant. Real Estate Investor. It all started back in 2006, at the request of a realtor, where I nervously staged my very first home. But the sellers liked their newly styled home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price. I went back to design school and the rest is history. — In my spare time, LOL, I buy “fixer uppers” to fix up & either sell for a healthy profit or to rent. I’m currently living in my 8th “fixer upper.” Sign up to receive my e-mails of how to make your home stunning, how to sell your house for top dollar AND how to become financially independent one fixer upper at a time!

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13 Comments

  1. The Benjamin Moore store in my neighborhood doesn’t sell samples or even quarts! You buy a gallon and if it’s not the right color you’re stuck with it. We live in a small community of 25,000 people. Everyone raves about how helpful the store is but the owner talked me into a colour I really didn’t like for my revenue suite because “everybody was using it”. When you can go to Home Depot or Lowe’s and get samples I don’t see that the customer service at our Benjamin Moore store is very good. Is this standard for their stores?

    1. Benjamin Moore are usually very good with customer service. They are privately owned and not corporately owned. Perhaps you should try another store. It sounds like you have great success at Home Depot or Lowes.

  2. Very informative! I will be selling in the spring. I live in an open concept, white kitchen , vaulted ceiling. I would like to know if revere pewter or Edgecomb grey would be ok with dark brown leather furniture that has some red undertones I can’t afford new furniture but really need a neutral paint Color
    Floors are rustic looking
    I really like revere pewter but maybe too dark
    Thanks in advance

  3. I like these colors, however, it looks like a commercial for Benjamin Moore..What are the equivalent paints at Sherwin Williams??? I agree with a previous comment mentioning the fact that contractors often only include BW in their bids for a job. Estimates from FEMA (Houston … Harvey) barely cover the cost of SW, definitely not BM…
    Thank you for giving us suggestions about SW paints.

    1. Hi Danielle – thanks for your feedback. The post is not meant to be an ad for Benjamin Moore – lol. Alot of painters like BM and some homeowners say they are not near a Sherwin Williams store. I will do a post this month for Sherwin Williams colors. Thanks for your feedback Danielle. I really appreciate it!!!

  4. Hi Debi.

    Love this post. I have been trying to pick a new paint color for the exterior of our home for it feels like years. I too think Gray is on it’s way out and have been looking at Greigs and they are either to plain Jane, too pink, too purple etc. Do you have any suggestions for a clean warm coastal exterior color pallet. We live in Santa Barbara, CA. Our house is wood and stucco. Our interior is Coastal Modern. Blues, White, Sisal. Thank you for your brilliance! Brooke

    1. Hi Brooke – I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. It’s really hard to pick colors without seeing pictures. I do color consults. Please email me for my rates and how the process works! Thanks for your kind comments!

  5. Wish you had colors for Sherwin Williams. That’s all the painters here want to use, since that’s the local store, and they have to drive to a nearby town to get Benjamin Moore paint.

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