Spring is only a few weeks away and as a home owner, you may be thinking of ways to freshen up your home. Picking out new colors and using them in fun ways can make you happier with your home. You may want a change a dramatic bedroom color or an updated neutral in the hallway. You can make it fun! Paint your front door another color or create an accent wall inside. As a Texas Real Estate Broker, I’ve had the opportunity to see color combinations in play in hundreds of homes.
The design industry looks to the emotional climate of the nation and the issues facing people in selecting their colors of the year. In 2018, with the historic election and an uncertain future, the industry selected colors designed to ease our stress and give us hope for the future
In the words of one industry spokesperson, “The color combinations we’re searching for in home design in 2018 can be the equivalent to the classic comfort food of macaroni and cheese.” Interestingly, after the 9/11 attack in New York City, the color blue surged in popularity. Blue is a comfortable, soothing color associated with dependability, constancy, and peace — qualities Americans seek during unstable times. Now almost every product in the design industry still uses some shade of blue.
The Impact of Color on Real Estate
Have you ever had the experience of walking into a room and feeling uncomfortable? Your reaction is typically due to a combination of things, in large part color. Color plays a significant part in a home’s selling price. I recently discovered a Zillow survey which found that homes using greige (a combination of grey and beige) as an exterior color sold for $3,496 more than comparable homes using darker colors. Simply put, outdated or abrasive color palettes negatively impact buyers. For example, Avocado Green and Harvest Gold were important colors (especially in appliances) in 1979. Considered outdated today, those colors can affect a buyer’s offering price.
The Colors of the Year
I’d recommend that if you’re planning to stay in your home for three years or more, go ahead and personalize your home with colors that you love. If you don’t think you’ll be in your home over three years, using a neutral wall color can help you have it ready for the market without having to repaint. As any good home stager will tell you, depersonalize your space so that you can command a good sales price.
Behr Paints: “In The Moment” – a cool, tranquil, spruce blue inspired by nature. It’s a combination of blue, grey and green and designed to evoke a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our busy lives.
Sherman Williams: “Oceanside” – a combination of rich blue with jewel-toned green using both blues and greens.
Benjamin-Moore: “Caliente”- a vibrant deep red symbolizing strength and vitality.
Dutch Boy Paints: “Sandstone Tint” – a neutral described as a color balanced between warm and cool incorporating both grey and beige. Personally, I think this is a wonderful color to use throughout your home. By the way, last year’s, the trending neutral was grey.
Black is the New Black in 2018
According to a common design rule, every space should incorporate black in some way. Black is said to create feelings of privacy, silence, and tranquility to help with relaxation in an information-heavy world. Glidden, Olympic, and PPG created a version of black as their color of the year.
Glidden Paint “Deep Onyx” – a classic, deep rich black which pairs well with any color.
Olympic Paints & Stains “Black Magic” – a color that compliments greys, blush pinks, and warm whites.
PPG Paint “Black Flame” – a blend of black and navy, two classic hues.
How to Use the New Colors
You can incorporate color in many ways. For example, create a statement wall with just one wall in a room painted a bold color. Or apply a designer’s touch by updating the color of kitchen cabinets, interior and exterior doors, window trim and exposed shelving. Add pops of color with pillows, lamps, rugs, and artwork. Take a look at the paint color booklets found in paint stores, home improvement stores or online.
In Conclusion: When working with me as your BROKER/REALTOR®, you can expect the most up-to-date information on color trends, the climate of the market and more so you can get the best outcome for your Real Estate needs.