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Nothing updates a home to sell like neutral paint colors. If done well, new paint colors can deliver the biggest bang for your buck than any other renovation.  ALWAYS test your paint colors. Learn how to Test Paint Colors Like a Pro in our post here.

We just prepared our home for sale, and it looks amazing. As with other sellers we had a couple of rooms that needed some TLC.

Classic fireplace mantle with white tile

Photo by J. Maynard

Pick Neutral Paint Colors Strategically

Most homeowners paint interiors by room or space over time. This often results in a kaleidoscope of colors that made sense in the moment but doesn’t always match.

If you need to paint your home to sell, it’s ideal to paint all the rooms with one color or a planned unified color palette. A simple but effective strategy is to paint the common areas with one neutral and secondary rooms with other neutrals where needed. Learn how to pick white paint colors here.

To save money, use paint colors that you already have in your house, and build on the palette. Coordinate with hard surfaces such as countertops, tile floors and fireplace stone. You may love it so much you don’t want to move.

Hire a Pro Stager to Sell

Staging your house to sell is completely different than decorating. Hire a professional stager to make your home look great in pictures and in person. The home was staged by Heidi Garthwaite with Property Staging and Design.

Invest in a Real Estate Photographer

Real Estate photos are just as critical in today’s online market. Most home searches start online, and in our area (Boulder, CO) realtors usually invest in professional photography. Our realtor, Tim Goodacre, with Goodacre and Company engaged Jamie Maynard, an architectural photographer with Magic Factor Media, to take photos and videos of our house for sale.

Best Neutral Paint Colors to Sell Your Home

Stonington Gray (HC-170)

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray is one of my all time favorites.  It is a cool gray with blue undertones, and it looks different in every room.  We painted the common areas, the master bedroom and two of the bathrooms with Stonington Gray, in eggshell. The trim was Chantilly Lace in Satin sheen.

Check out how the fireplace matches the accent wall and ceiling (Millstone Gray, BM 1581).  This was already in place, and didn’t need to be updated. Learn more about Accent Walls here.

Entry and dining room with stonington gray walls and Millstone Gray Accents

Stonington Gray Walls, Millstone Gray Accents / Photo by J. Maynard

We picked Stonington Gray for this space because it complemented the Carrara Marble in the kitchen, and the dark green gray Vermont Slate on the hearth. You can learn more about the kitchen finishes here.

classic and timeless kitchen with tuxedo cabinets and lower blue cabinets

Photo by J. Maynard

This living room with south facing windows is so pretty.  Open concept spaces are alive and well!

Living room with vermont slate hearth and stonington gray walls

Stonington Gray walls, Chantilly Lace trim / Photo by J. Maynard

The basement family room was also painted with Stonington Gray, but it looks a little more blue because of the light.  Check out our secret bookcase door into the Utility Room.  We call it the Bat Cave!

Basement living room with stonington gray walls and secret bookshelf door

Stonington Gray walls, Chantilly Lace Trim / Photo by J. Maynard

The upstairs hallway is also Stonington Gray.  it’s still a gorgeous backdrop for a couple of the rooms that we painted different neutrals.  In a previous renovation, we picked this silver-gray carpet to tie in with the Stonington Gray paint color.

Landing with Gray walls and white stair railings

Stonington Gray walls, Chantilly Lace trim / Photo by J. Maynard

The master bedroom is flooded with west and south facing exposures and an amazing mountain view.  This is still Stonington Gray with Chantilly Lace trim, but it looks lighter because of all the light.

Master Bedroom with view and stonington gray walls

Stonington Gray Walls, Chantilly Lace trim / Photo by J. Maynard

This South facing bedroom is also painted with Stonington Gray.  It looks absolutely blue, in a wonderful lovely way.

Bedroom with Stonington Gray walls.

Stonington Gray walls / Photo by J. Maynard

This bathroom was also painted Stonington Gray – both walls and ceilings.  I love to paint bathroom walls and ceilings the same color when I’m working with light neutrals.  The ceilings usually look much lighter and its a nice unified touch. This vanity was painted with Benjamin Moore Abyss (2128-20) some time ago. A perfect combination with the blue undertones of Stonington Gray.

Stonington Gray Walls and Abyss Vanity / Photo by J Maynard

As part of this project, I decided to paint the laundry room walls Chantilly Lace for a nice clean neutral.  The cabinets were already painted Chantilly Lace.  The room looked like an explosion of primer, way too harsh.  I didn’t want to repaint the whole room, so I added Stonington Gray as an accent wall to tie in with the living room.

laundry room with chantilly lace and stonington gray walls

Chantilly Lace walls with Stonington Gray Accent Wall / Photo by J. Maynard

Pale Oak (OC-20)

Pale Oak is one of my favorite neutrals of all time.  It is a light taupe with warm gray undertones.  This color is beautiful with just about any interior.  Once again we painted the walls and ceiling the same color, even through the ceiling looks white.

Master bath with pale oak walls and ceiling

Pale Oak walls and ceiling / Photo by J. Maynard

Rockport Gray (BM HC-105)

I don’t consider Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray one of the usual neutrals because its a little bit light, but I thought we would throw it in since it is so pretty.  This room didn’t need re-painting, so we left it the way it was.

Bedroom with Rockport Gray walls and Chantilly Lace trim

Rockport Gray Walls – Photo by J. Maynard

We still made sure that it flowed well with the Stonington Gray hallway. So pretty!

Photo by J. Maynard

The ensuite bathroom had pink beige tiles from the original build. We painted the bathroom walls Chantilly Lace, a perfect clean white to cool down the tile color. The Chantilly Lace ties in with other white elements in the room.   In a previous remodel we painted the yellowed oak vanity Rockport Gray to match the walls of the room.  It is so pretty!

Chantilly Lace walls and ceiling, Rockport Gray vanity / Photo by J. Maynard

Classic Gray (OC-23)

This East facing bedroom had a dramatic transformation..  We decided to paint both walls and ceiling Benjamin Moore Classic Gray to emphasize the beautiful architecture.  It may seem counterintuitive, but it looked so much better than before.  Classic Gray is one of my go-to light neutrals.  It goes with just about anything!

Bedroom with Classic Gray walls

Classic Gray walls and ceiling / Photo by J. Maynard

Manchester Tan (HC-81)

Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan is a perfect color to update an interior with dated Tuscan finishes. It is a beige with subtle green undertones, and matches just about everything. I have a cousin that only paints her house with Manchester Tan!  In this case, it tied in with the furniture and Zen motif.

Basement bedroom with manchester tan and bamboo window well

Manchester Tan walls / Photo by J. Maynard

Abalone (2108-60)

Benjamin Moore Abalone is a quiet gray with violet undertones.  I love to use this color for a girls room, but sometimes its great for a whole house if it matches your kitchen countertops, backsplash tile or your fireplace stone.

Girls basement bedroom with Abalone paint color and bamboo window well

Abalone / Photo by J. Maynard

Stone Hearth (BM 989)

Benjamin Moore Stone Hearth is a mid-toned taupe color, perfect for this powder room.  Learn more about this Powder Room update here.

Stone Hearth / Photo by J. Maynard

 

6 best neutral paint colors to sell your home

Exterior Paint Colors – Extra Credit!

In most cases, sellers don’t repaint their exteriors due to cost.  For a small price, you can make your exterior look fresh and new by power washing the home.

Paint colors are Benjamin Moore Ashwood Moss (1484) for the Primary Siding, Tulsa Twilight (2070-10) for the secondary color and Swiss Coffee (OC-45) for the trim.

Learn more about how to pick exterior paint colors here.

purple and green paint color exterior

Aerial photo by J. Maynard

The Verdict

Paint your home with neutral paint colors to sell.  Use a planned color palette, based on colors that you already have in your house to minimize the cost. Hire a stager to pull it all together, and make sure your realtor hires a professional photographer. ALWAYS test your paint colors like a pro for best results.

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