Color-management company Pantone Color Institute recently announced its Color of the Year for 2017, a vibrant spring-green hue called Greenery that they describe as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew”.
While some may find Greenery as nature’s neutral, you, like me, may find it a bit too bright to be used in or on your home. Fortunately, paint manufacturers have offered up their own selections for Color of the Year and, for the most part, it’s a much mellower bunch. But, what does that mean for you and your walls?
Are you planning to sell your home in the next few years?
When choosing paint colors, ask yourself, “how long am I planning to live in this home?”. If your hope is to live there for the rest of your days, paint it whatever hues will please you and your family. If, on the other hand, your plans include moving in the not-too-distant future, keep the curb appeal factor in mind and be a bit more restrained in selecting your wall colors.
Is neutral always the way to go?
I’ve walked through many open houses with my clients and I can tell you that not all neutrals are created equal. Some can be quietly attractive, while others fall flat. The amount of white, often described as, “boring” rooms I have encountered turned a promising open house into a disappointing experience. Color can evoke emotion and feeling and if that feeling is “cold” you just defeated the purpose of freshly painting. If you do have white walls, bring the room to life and warm it up by adding flowering container plants or brightly colored accessories like towels, throw pillows or picture frames.
Consider the new neutrals
It’s no easy task to decorate your rooms that you yourself will love to live in but that won’t inspire hate at first sight in potential homebuyers. Soft shades of true colors are great. Consider a calming shade of blue.
The right neutral will give your walls a distinct personality, without being either over- or underwhelming. Yes, you can include an accent wall. However, a deeper variation on your main wall color will work better than a mural or a vast expanse of Mid-Century Modern wallpaper. For a harmonious, unifying effect throughout the house, use a maximum of three wall colors in all and tie them in with your other decor elements, such as flooring or upholstery
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