9 Neutral Paint Colors Home Buyers Love

neutral paint colors

I hand-painted a gorgeous mural of a tree in my old house. It was fabulous. And when we decided to sell, I cried bitter tears as I painted over it with a boring shade of khaki an inspiring neutral color. So why did I do it? Because I was not willing to bet thousands of dollars of home sale profit on the possibility that I might find a buyer who appreciated my tree mural. What I really wanted was a quick sale and a high profit. And I knew that when selling a home, the walls should act as a backdrop, not as the focal point.

This is what a neutral color palette does. It helps home buyers from all walks of life picture themselves living in the house. It helps them emotionally connect with it and see it as their potential HOME.

The tricky part is finding the right neutral paint colors. Not every neutral works for every house. So where do you start?

Understand Lighting

Assess the Fixed Elements

Secondly, assess the fixed elements in the home, like cabinets, tile, flooring, counters, and hardware. Is it a cooler palette (blacks, blues, grays, silvery metals, espresso-colored woods)? Or is it a warmer palette (browns, golds, natural wood tones)? The color you choose should accent these elements or you risk creating an off-balance feeling in the room.

Our Top Neutral Paint Colors to Sell or Stage Your Home

SW 7037 Balanced Beige

SW 7037 Balanced Beige is a reliable, straightforward color and is one of my top picks for home sellers. It’s best described as a taupe with an even mixture of both brown and gray, making it flexible enough to match almost any home. It also has a fairly neutral Light Reflective Value so it doesn’t look brighter or darker on the walls than it does in the paint can. It adds more interest and dimension than the standard “builder’s beige,” but it’s still neutral enough to be appealing to a wide variety of home buyers.

SW 6120 Believable Buff and SW 6106 Kilim Beige

SW 7015 Repose Gray and SW 7016 Mindful Gray

SW 7015 Repose Gray and SW 7016 Mindful Gray are both extremely flexible and work well in homes with black-toned or espresso-colored cabinetry and brushed nickel or stainless finishes, as well as in homes that have warmer finishes.

SW 6148 Wool Skein and SW 7036 Accessible Beige

SW 7029 Agreeable Gray and SW 7030 Anew Gray

Do you have experience with any of these? What are your favorite neutral paint colors?

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Published by Vannessa Rhoades, Three Bears Home Staging

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of "Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging" and the founder of the award-winning firm, Three Bears Home Staging®. She specializes in providing positive and empowering consultations to help homeowners sell more quickly and for more money. Vannessa has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties, both in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.

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