Katrina Burroughs wrote a lovely article for the Sunday Times this week 02/08/20 called ‘Colour is the new greige’. In it she talks about how people at home during lockdown, staring at their own four walls have been experimenting with colour resulting in ‘rainbow homes’.
Now, whilst we are still not advocates of painting a rainbow of different colours in a home you want to sell quickly, we are prepared to acknowledge the need for more colour from our own recent experiences. Home stagers have often strictly adhered to a greige palette as the safe option. I was surprised when a developer we have worked with for several years, and who has painted all walls white and laid all carpets in grey, asked for ‘more colour’. We have agreed on a mood board featuring sage greens and blush pinks for his new show home, not just in the cushions but on the walls too. I’m very excited!
My advice to anyone selling in this period post-lockdown is to proceed with caution where colour is concerned. We are all emerging from a difficult few months with different degrees of o
ptimism. Colour is a great mood booster but can be overwhelming for anyone still stepping carefully into our new world. A viewer may see your colourful home as a huge optimistic statement about their own future or they may see it as terrifying in its enthusiasm in an uncertain climate.
If you are preparing to sell a soft neutral on your walls will never be out of fashion. We love Farrow and Ball’s Pointing, Dulux’s Rock Salt and China Clay by Little Greene. Use your furniture, art and soft furnishings to give a burst of stronger colour. Dunelm have a great range of inexpensive armchairs in a huge range of colours which we love, well worth checking out for your accent colour.
Another tip we use is to choose the same colour, but in different tones throughout your house if you are selling. It will give a much stronger sense of calm and cohesion than jumping from blue to red to green as you move from one room to the next. And don’t forget the ‘colour rules’ regardless of whether you are choosing neutrals or a stronger palette;
60% – the main colour
30% – a secondary colour
10% – an accent colour
Good luck, have fun and get in touch if you need some help making the right decision!
If you need some help injecting subtle bursts of colour throughout your house, get in touch with Elaine at [email protected] 07967636718.