Paint is one of the least expensive as well as easiest ways to instantly update your home’s interior (and exterior) when you’re preparing your home for sale. If your home’s interior hasn’t been painted within the past five years, or if your existing paint colors aren’t in a neutral color family, you absolutely need to paint your home before you put it on the market. Two things to consider before you begin: paint color and paint finish.
Choosing a neutral paint color is the way to go when readying your home for sale. While trendy colors can be fun to live with when you’re having fun decorating your existing homes, these colors aren’t necessarily the best way to go when you are trying to appeal to the broadest range of potential buyers. Some paint colors that are sure crowd-pleasers, and that are trend-proof, are Amazing Gray (Sherwin-Williams), Manchester Tan (Benjamin Moore), Birchwood (Dunn Edwards), and Warm Butterscotch (Dunn Edwards). Two trend-proof choices for trim (and cabinets) are Swiss Coffee (Dunn Edwards) and Creamy (Sherwin Williams).
Another thing to consider when updating your home for sale by painting the interior is to paint all the rooms the same color. This will create a clean, cohesive look, and will be a blank slate for potential buyers to later decorate or add accent colors if they should so choose. Paint is also an effective odor-remover (especially when Kilz is used underneath), so if you have pets in your home, consider this as well.
Finally, finish of the paint you choose is as important as the color. The four basic types of paint finish are: flat, eggshell, satin and semi-gloss. Flat paint is paint that has zero-reflective qualities, and is better suited for deep rich colors. Because it’s not a washable finish, it’s better used in rooms such as an office or a master bedroom. Ceilings can be painted in a flat finish. Eggshell finish is a finish that is very washable, so it’s much better for rooms that see a lot of use, such as the dining room, the kitchen, a playroom, kids’ bedrooms and the laundry room. A satin finish is also durable, and has a smooth, subtle shine and is also great for higher-traffic rooms. Finally, semi-gloss is a higher sheen paint that is generally used in bathrooms and kitchens because this paint is very washable. Semi-gloss paint is typically used for trim and baseboards, as well as cabinetry. However, semi-gloss paint isn’t forgiving when it comes to flaws on the wall, so that’s something to keep in mind.
Paint is the easiest way to update and ready your home for sale. If you have any questions, I would be happy to assist you in choosing the appropriate paint color and finish that’s specific to your own home.