Monday, January 6, 2014

Interior Paint - Neutral or Not?

As mentioned previously, my hubby and I are prepping our house to sell in the next couple of months. We have done our fair share of updating and personalizing our home over the last 7 years, so the place is in pretty good shape. The biggest change we are now having to make before listing is to neutralize our bold paint colors.

When we first moved in, we immediately added our personalities to the house, including painting the living room walls orange (Sherwin Williams Robust Orange, to be exact). Since then, we have had countless people compliment us on our color choice. There has been a fair amount of debate on how much bold paint colors can affect a sale, but we don't want anything so easily changeable to stand in the way, so we decided to tone it down a bit...

Living Room - Before

... or a lot. We couldn't bring ourselves to paint it back the original color (Kwal Desert Fawn) because it was just too bland for us. Instead, we opted for a light color that we feel compliments the white trim nicely (Valspar Montpelier Ashlar Grey).

On a side note, the Valspar Signature Paint + Primer is awesome for covering a bold color. I have heard horror stories about trying to cover red walls, so I expected to do 3 coats. With this paint, we only used 2 coats, and in some places, the second wasn't completely necessary.

Living Room - After
So far, I don't mind the change. It has definitely lightened the room up and even coordinates with our decor quite nicely. Here's hoping the buyers like it as well...

What do you think of the change?


  1. I always liked your orange, but the neutral looks great. I like the contrast with the white trim.

  2. I really love color on walls, but think if you are trying to sell neutral is a million times better. A prospective buyer wants to imagine their stuff/decor style in the house, and it's hard to do if they can't get past your boldly colored walls. Great choice. :)

  3. I think it looks so great! Even though it is a lot toned down the colour really compliments the space and makes that picture just pop!


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