Austin Real Estate Staging – Colors in Interior and Exterior Design

House with Blue Door Photo

One thing I have noticed lately while showing and listing houses is Buyers like COLOR!

No longer are the neutral tones the best advice for someone putting their house on the market. My last buyer clients went under contract on a home with colors they fell in love with. This home was painted a soft yellow in most of the living areas and a pale blue in the master bedroom. They absolutely loved it.

Another home I recently listed which received multiple offers within a week had a vivid red/orange chair rail in the entry hallway! No longer am I telling sellers when I list the house to paint everything neutral. Neutral is OUT!

The Front Door is Very Important
Another interesting observation I have made is the importance of the front door color. I used to recommend red, always. Now with the hot weather, I am recommending painting the front door a soft shade of teal (greenish/blue).

Cool colors on the front door are very soothing. A buyer and their agent stand in front of the door for 30 seconds to a minute, waiting for the lockbox to open. Sometimes we even wait for someone to answer the door.

In these 100+ degree days a cool color can make all the difference in your perception of the home once you are inside. Here is a link to Kelly Moore Paint’s “Top Color Picks to Enliven Neutrals“.

So if you are thinking about selling your house on the market, don’t neutralize everything. Leave some color at least in accent walls. Consider happy lively colors in the living areas and soothing colors in the bedrooms and baths.

Posted by Sylvia
4 years ago
Sylvia

Sylvia Crossland, Assc-Broker, REALTORĀ®, GRI, has been active in Austin real estate since 1988.

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Robert Grunnah - 4 years ago

I recently flipped a house in 78751 (that gentrifying sliver between Airport and I-35), and was stunned to see it go under contract for full price in days. The secret, I think, was our cool color scheme. Photos: http://www.texashomesforsale.com/austin/central/home/5509-Bennett-Ave,-Austin,-TX-78751/4142692/photos

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Sylvia - 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing Robert. I love the exterior colors of your listing. Being staged and in great showing condition also helped your listing, I’m sure.

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Jason Grote - 4 years ago

Great post, on our flip houses, we have always given a color splash to the inside and the front door. Thanks for the Kelly Moore link… I will be putting that to use!

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mandy - 4 years ago

can’t forget colored shutters!

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Sylvia - 4 years ago

Thanks Jason and Mandy. Glad I could help! Not all houses have shutters, but when they do it is nice to give them a little color also. Consider painting them the same color as the door. Maybe even a complimentary color. Have some fun!

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