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Many times I will recommend that a homeowner give their rooms a fresh coat of paint before listing their North Shore home for sale. After all, there is no single improvement or update that will give you a better return per dollar spent.
And if their target buyer is on the younger side, I remind them that Pottery Barn is the arbiter of all things young and fresh as far as decor goes. The more they can make their home look like a Pottery Barn catalog, the better. Easier said than done if all of your furniture pieces were inherited from your grandmother. But using Benjamin Moore’s Pottery Barn collection of paint colors is one way to breathe a little fresh air into your home.
If you are painting your home to sell, here are six of my fail-safe favorites from the spring collection:
Monroe Bisque (HC-26)
This is a sandy beige that is great for maximizing the space in your room. Paint the trim the same as the wall to add height to the room.
Hawthorne Yellow (HC-4)
A warm yellow that is neither too golden nor too lemony. Its slight gray undertone makes it work in any room, but it’s especially good in hallways and rooms that get little natural light.
Bleeker Beige (HC-80)
This is not a boring beige. It has warmth and depth and looks great with blues, greens and blue-greens.
Hazy Skies (OC-48)
This neutral is a beige with gray undertones that makes a great backdrop for any decorating scheme.
Buxton Blue (HC-149)
If there is such a thing as a neutral blue, this is it. It’s got both gray and green in it so it changes depending on the light, but it’s always cool and soothing.
Urban Nature (AF-440)
A sophisticated grayish-green that works well in bedrooms or living rooms.
- Painting Your House to Sell: Tips for Picking Paint Colors
- Top 10 Paint Colors to Sell Your North Shore Home
Yesterday I shared some tips for picking wall colors if you are painting your home to sell. Today I’ll share some of my go-to wall colors that will make any home more appealing to potential buyers. I tend to use warmer neutrals in the main “social” areas of the house, because warm colors tend to stimulate the senses and elicit positive emotions. I use cooler neutrals in bedrooms and bathrooms because they tend to soothe and relax.
Warm Neutrals for Main Living Areas
Benjamin Moore Powell Buff (Hc-35)
A warm & rich neutral that works well with greens, browns and reds.
Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan (HC-44)
A mid-tone neutral in the Pottery Barn collection.
Benjamin Moore Windham Cream (HC-6)
A very subtle yellow that feels warm and works well with other colors. This is also a great color to brighten up hallways with little natural light.
Benjamin Moore Hepplewhite Ivory (HC-36)
A creamy butterscotch that is warm and welcoming.
Cool Neutrals for Bedrooms and Baths
Benjamin Moore Stratton Blue (HC-142)
A muted blue-green that’s neither too bold nor too bland. It’s great for a master retreat, a beach house or a west-facing room that needs cooling down.
Benjamin Moore Nantucket Gray (HC-111)
A soothing gray-green.
Benjamin Moore Gray Owl (2137-60)
A pale, soothing color that’s a little more sophisticated than blue. It works with almost any color scheme.
Benjamin Moore Rosemary Sprig (2144-30)
A sage green with a hint of yellow.
Benjamin Moore White Dove (OC-17)
A warm white that’s not too gray, not too yellow.
Benjamin Moore Cloud White (OC-130)
Works well with warm neutral wall colors.
These have worked well for me. Anyone want to add to my list? I’m always looking to try colors that have worked for others.