How to Choose the Ideal Art Size for Above the Bed

In my home staging consultations, I’m often asked how to choose the ideal size art for above the bed. There’s really no perfect answer and lots of variation to take into account when it comes to ceiling height, headboard size, and style of the room. That means there are a lot of beautiful art combinations that can look great and really help show off your bedroom to potential home buyers! I’ve compiled some general guidelines below to help you get started…

Tips for Selecting the Ideal Size Art for Above the Bed

  • Wall art above any piece of furniture should span between 60% to 80% of the width of the piece. That includes art above the bed! Sometimes finding a large piece can be a challenge so it’s ok to use multiple pieces to fill the space. If you’re preparing to sell your home, take a look at this artwork we like for home staging.
  • If using multiple pieces, evaluate the width of the entire art grouping as a whole. In other words, if you hang two pieces of art that are each 24” wide with 6” between them, the width of your total grouping would be 54” (24” art + 6” space + 24” art).
  • Hanging art too high is one of the most common mistakes I see in homes, and artwork above the bed is no exception. The bottom of your artwork shouldn’t be more than about 6” away from the top of your headboard. Read our blog post for more tips on how to hang art like a pro.
  • Keep ceiling height in mind as well as you select art. Wider pieces are often taller. Leave a minimum of 18” between the ceiling and the top of your artwork when working with large canvas prints.
  • Large table lamps on your nightstands can sometimes act as a nice balance to smaller art groupings.
  • For headboards with an arc or high point in the middle, it may look best to use two pieces of art evenly spaced on either side of the arc.
  • If you live in a region prone to earthquakes, don’t hang anything heavy over the bed!

Ideal Art Size Above a King Bed

Most king-sized headboards are approximately 80” wide, which means your wall art should be between 48” and 64”. That’s pretty big for an individual piece! You may want to consider using a grouping of multiple pieces to fill the space properly. There are lots of options, so play around with different combinations. Here are a few we like:

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Ideal Art Size Above a Queen Bed

When trying to determine the best size art above a queen bed, keep your piece(s) within that magical range of 60% to 80% of the headboard width. Most queen headboards are about 62” wide, give or take a couple of inches. So you’ll want the art above a queen bed to occupy somewhere between 37” and 50” of wall space, frames included. Take a look at these examples:

art size above queen bed

Ideal Art Size Above a Full Bed

A full size headboard is typically about 56″. Again, remember that your art should be somewhere between 60% and 80% of the width of the piece of furniture it hangs above. That makes the ideal art size above a full size bed between 34″ and 45″.

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Ideal Art Size Above a Twin Bed

Twin headboards are about 41″ wide. If you’re decorating the wall space above a twin bed, keep the total width of your artwork between 25″ and 33″.

art size above twin bed

How We Can Help

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About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging®. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager™ and Certified Expert E-Designer™ and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.

24 of Our Favorite Front Door Paint Colors to Help Sell Your House

Front door paint colors can have a tremendous effect on your home’s curb appeal. After all, it’s the first part of the house a potential buyer will actually see up close! Your front entry should be warm and welcoming to guests. While there are endless paint color options for your front door, the most important consideration when preparing to sell is choosing a color that fits the style and color palette of your home. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite front door paint colors and a few tips to help them stand out (or blend in).

The Dos and Don’ts of Choosing a Front Door Paint Color

  • Do buy the right product. Use a latex exterior paint to protect your front door from exposure to outside elements. A paint with rust-protection is a must for metal doors. Use an exterior primer first no matter what you select. When it comes to choosing sheen, remember that glossier finishes reflect more light. A satin or semi-gloss finish may be a great choice for a door that needs to camouflage a few blemishes or nicks, while a high-gloss paint may be better at highlighting your door as an architectural feature.
  • Do strike a balance between what you like and what fits the house. Just because you like a color doesn’t mean it will look great on your home. The trick is finding the right balance between your personal preference and what will work with your existing finishes and surroundings. We can help with that.
  • Do select paint swatches a few shades darker than what you’re initially attracted to. On a computer screen or inside at the paint store is are terrible places to evaluate paint colors (especially colors intended for outdoors). Those samples will look considerably lighter and brighter when viewed outside. They’ll also reflect even more light depending on the glossiness of the paint sheen you choose.
  • Don’t ever, ever buy paint without viewing real sample swatches first. You need to hang them outside, vertically, and on the actual doors or walls where they’ll be used. Evaluate them at different times of the day as the light changes.

We ship large paint swatch samples to all of our Virtual Color Consultation clients. Click below to learn how we can help you choose the right colors for your exterior paint project.

…and now, on to the paint colors!

Our Favorite Front Door Paint Colors

Black

Black is a dramatic, bold, classic color that never goes out of style. Its versatility and visual contrast make it a perfect partner to almost any style and color scheme. We like:

Front door in Benjamin Moore Black 2132-10.

Front door in Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black 6258.

Fascia, soffits, French doors, and garage doors are painted Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore 7069.


Dark Blue

Dark blue front doors evoke a sense of harmony and elegance. A few of our favorites:

Front door in Benjamin Moore Hale Navy HC-154.

Front door in Sherwin-Williams Naval 6244.

Front door in Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue HC-155.


Red

As Elizabeth Arden reminded us all in the late 1980s, a red door is classic. Red is an especially auspicious color for front doors in Feng shui design. It’s also a favorite among potential home buyers. Take a look at a few of our faves:

Front door in Benjamin Moore Caliente AF-290.

Front door in Sherwin-Williams Real Red 6868.

The front door is painted in Sherwin-Williams Poinsettia 6594.


Teal

Teals are tranquil blue-green hues that remind us of the sky and the sea. These colors play well with a variety of styles but are particularly well-suited to farmhouse and coastal-style homes.

Front door in Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue HC-143.

Front door in Sherwin-Williams Blue Peacock 0064.

Front door in Benjamin Moore Gentleman’s Gray 2062-20.


Gray or Charcoal

Gray front doors are sophisticated, elegant, and classic. Like black paint, grays are incredibly flexible and work well with many home styles and finishes (from brick to stone). There is a lot of range when it comes to selecting a gray. There are literally hundreds of shades of gray that belong to every single hue family on the color wheel. Make sure you’re choosing one that works well with your home’s stone, brick, siding, or other existing finishes. To get you started, take a look at these:

Front door and trim in Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal HC-166.

Front door painted in Sherwin-Williams Gauntlet Gray 7019.


Yellow

Yellow front doors can be welcoming and cheerful to potential buyers. Make sure to select a yellow that fits the style and color palette of your home.

Front door is painted Benjamin Moore Delightful Yellow 335.

Front door is painted Benjamin Moore Yellow Hibiscus 357.

Front door is painted in Benjamin Moore Pale Daffodil 2017-60.


Not Sure Which Color Is Best for Your House? We Can Help!

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One Room Paint Color Report | Virtual

Need help choosing the best paint colors for your room? Then this is the (virtual) service for you! Based on your questionnaire responses and uploaded photos, we’ll create a personalized digital Paint Color Report just for you. We’ll also send you paint swatches! Click below to learn how it works or to get started!


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Exterior Paint Color Report | Virtual

Ready to give your home exterior a fresh new look, but feeling overwhelmed with the decision? Get a little virtual help from the color experts at Three Bears Home Staging! Based on your questionnaire responses and uploaded photos, we’ll create a personalized digital Paint Color Report just for your home’s exterior. We’ll also send you paint swatches! Read below to learn how it works…


About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging®. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager™ and Certified Expert E-Designer™ and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.

Paint Color Review: Sherwin-Williams High Reflective White 7757

If you’re looking for a clean, beautiful white with no visible hue, Sherwin-Williams High Reflective White 7757 just might be the right paint for your project.

Cabinets and woodwork painted in High Reflective White 7757, low lustre.

What Is the “Undertone” of High Reflective White?

“Undertone” actually refers to is a color’s hue family. Hue family describes a color’s location on a specific segment of the color wheel (i.e., red, yellow, blue, etc.). By measuring a color’s dominant hue angle using color measurement tools, like colorimeters and photospectrometers, we can objectively identify a paint color’s hue family. High Reflective White has a hue angle of 115.03° which puts it in the Green-Yellow hue family.

Why does this matter? This Green-Yellow area happens to be on the same part of the color wheel where many of the colors we perceive as “just plain ol’ white” are located. In most cases, High Reflective White looks virtually colorless but depending on the lighting, you may see it lean a bit yellow or green.

Hue family is not always obvious, especially when it comes to neutrals colors. In our Virtual Color Consultation Reports, we use spectral data, like hue angle and chroma, to give you an objective, scientific read on color. No random, subjective guessing about “undertones!

How Does Lighting or Exposure Affect High Reflective White?

Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is a measure of how much light a paint reflects back into a room, with 100 being highly reflective and zero being not reflective at all. High Reflective White has an LRV of 93, making it one of the brightest whites available (Notice I didn’t say “whitest” or “cleanest?” Although it is a pretty darn clean white paint color, there are a few others that are whiter).

Pay attention to what’s outside your window when evaluating the effects of natural lighting (a.k.a. exposure). White paint is extremely reflective. If you’ve got a lot of greenery filtering the sunlight outside your window, you may see a bit more green in your paint. Have a neighbor with a red brick wall? It might cast a bit of a pink tinge to the room.

In our online course, Color By The Numbers™, we teach you how to evaluate lighting so that your interior paint looks its best.

In general, white paint is extremely vulnerable to the effects of your lighting. Compared to some other whites, SW High Reflective White is a very clean, low chroma paint color. This means there’s not a lot of “color” in the paint to counteract whatever color light you’re directing at it. Standard 2700 K soft white light bulbs can make the paint will look more yellow, whereas 5000 K “daylight” bulbs will make it look bluer. When possible, opt for bulbs in the 3000 to 3500 K range and consider how your room’s exposure will affect your choice.

You must sample this color in the space you intend to use it before you start putting it on your walls and trim! (We mail 8″ x 10″ paint swatches of our recommendations to our Virtual Color Consultation clients.)

What Colors Look Good with High Reflective White?

High Reflective White is incredibly flexible and looks good with just about anything you pair it with. There are a few combinations you may want to avoid, though:

  • High Reflective White can sometimes feel a bit too sterile in a room with lots of warm earth tones, especially as a wall color.
  • Be extra careful pairing High Reflective White with other whites. Without a fairly significant difference in chroma values, you risk making one or both whites look dingy/yellow/dirty/gray by comparison. For example, you could easily pair High Reflective White (C=2.26) with a more colorful, high chroma white, like SW Greek Villa (C=6.20), for example. Avoid pairing it with a similarly low chroma paint color, like SW Extra White (C=3.10). We explain chroma measurements, how to find them, and how to use them in our online course, Color By The Numbers™.


Is High Reflective White a Good Trim and Cabinet color?

Yes! It is super flexible and looks great in lots of spaces. I think it looks especially pretty in homes with cooler color palettes and in spaces that have marble or white quartz counters.

Can I Paint the Walls High Reflective White?

You can! If you’re planning to use High Reflective White as a trim color as well, simply vary the sheen or finish to get a little dimension and definition between surfaces (i.e., satin finish for cabinets and trim, flat or eggshell finish for walls, flat for ceilings).

This pretty living room used High Reflective White on walls and trim in different sheens.

Is This a Good Paint Color For My Exterior?

It could be. Keep in mind, this is an exceptionally bright paint color that will look even brighter outdoors. It may also reflect back some of its surroundings. So, for example, if you’re considering using it on the body of your home and you have a very green leaf canopy overhead, you may see a bit of green reflected back to you in the color.

My Store Doesn’t Have/Recommend High Reflective White. Why?

  1. First of all, are you in a Sherwin-Williams store? If not, don’t try to order or match this paint color from a different store (see below for alternate color suggestions). It is never, ever a good idea to attempt color-matching between brands. Different brands use different formulas, bases, and proprietary pigments. Ultimately, it will be a different product so don’t expect to get identical results.
  2. Some paint pros don’t like this color because it doesn’t have great hide. What does that mean? High Reflective White is actually an un-tinted base color. This means there are no added pigments to “hide” or cover your existing surface when you start applying it. Before choosing this color, make sure you’re willing to invest in a better quality paint product, like Emerald or Duration. These higher-end paints inherently have better hide, but be prepared to still use a good primer and two or more coats to get the desired effect.

What Are Similar Colors to SW High Reflective White?

Take a look at Ultra Pure White by Behr, another super clean, very bright white. In fact, Ultra Pure White actually has the lowest chroma of almost any white paint available making it one of the “whitest white paint” options. Benjamin Moore Super White OC-152 (also known as PM-1) is another great option. And we can’t leave out the super popular Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65, a gorgeous gentle clean white that plays well with a lot of different colors.

Need Help Choosing a Color?

Need help finding the right paint color? Order a Virtual Color Consultation Report from the color professionals at Three Bears Home Staging to get a custom, curated palette and guidance for your next painting project.

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One Room Paint Color Report | Virtual

Need help choosing the best paint colors for your room? Then this is the (virtual) service for you! Based on your questionnaire responses and uploaded photos, we’ll create a personalized digital Paint Color Report just for you. We’ll also send you paint swatches! Click below to learn how it works or to get started!


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Exterior Paint Color Report | Virtual

Ready to give your home exterior a fresh new look, but feeling overwhelmed with the decision? Get a little virtual help from the color experts at Three Bears Home Staging! Based on your questionnaire responses and uploaded photos, we’ll create a personalized digital Paint Color Report just for your home’s exterior. We’ll also send you paint swatches! Read below to learn how it works…


About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging®. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager™ and Certified Expert E-Designer™ and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.


Paint Color Review: Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore 7069

Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore 7069 is a soft, warm black that is definitely on-trend right now for everything from accent walls, cabinets, and exteriors. Wondering if it’s right for your project?

Does Iron Ore Have a Color or “Undertone?”

When most people ask about “undertones” what they’re actually referring to is a color’s hue family. Hue family describes a color’s location on a specific segment of the color wheel (red, yellow, blue, etc.). Hue family is not subjective or based on opinion; it can be objectively and scientifically calculated. A color’s hue family is determined by the measurement of that color’s dominant hue angle using color measurement tools, like colorimeters and photospectrometers.

Iron Ore has a hue angle of 131.887° which puts it in the Green-Yellow hue family. All colors, even those that seem neutral, belong to a hue family.

Determining a paint color’s hue family helps us better understand and predict how that color will render on the wall and interact with nearby colors. This is why Iron Ore may flash slightly green when used on exteriors where there’s tons of light. This oh-so-subtle green can also show up just a bit on interior walls that get direct hits of bright sunlight or when used on cabinets or trim painted with a more reflective sheen. But in most cases, people just see a nice soft black paint color.

You must sample this color in the space you intend to use it before you start putting it on your walls and trim! (We mail 8″ x 10″ paint swatches of our recommendations to our Virtual Color Consultation clients.)

Hue family is not always obvious, especially when it comes to neutrals colors. In our Virtual Color Consultation Reports, we use spectral data, like hue angle and chroma, to give you an objective, scientific read on color. No random, subjective guessing about “undertones!”

What is the LRV of Iron Ore?

Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is a measure of how much light a paint reflects back into a room, with 100 being highly reflective and zero being not reflective at all. Iron Ore’s LRV is 6, so it’s super dark (but not the darkest on the market, if you can believe it). This helps it feel a bit softer than a true black (which would be an LRV of 0 and isn’t really available when it comes to architectural paint anyway). If you’re looking for a color that’s a bit “blacker” or darker in value, take a look at Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black 6258 (LRV 3).


Which White Trim Color Goes with Iron Ore?

You’re pretty safe with most white paint colors since they’re such a stark contrast in value (lightness/darkness) to Iron Ore. Bear in mind, however, that whites from the Yellow hue family may emphasize Iron Ore’s green a bit more. I like Sherwin-Williams Pure White 7005 for a soft, clean trim color. For a bit more crispness, try Sherwin-Williams Extra White 7006.

In my online course, Color By The Numbers™, I teach you how easy it is to find hue, chroma, and other spectral data and how to use it to evaluate colors.


What Other Paint Colors Go Well With Iron Ore?

Iron Ore looks great when paired with other colors from similar hue families (the Yellow-Green, Yellow, and Green hue families). Many popular near neutrals and earth tones fall into these categories! Don’t pair Iron Ore with colors from the Blue hue family. This includes cool, blue-toned grays and other tricky near-neutrals in the Blue family.

What Other Paint Colors are Similar to Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore?

Sherwin-Williams Rock Bottom 7062 is very close in terms of value and chroma but leans a tiny bit more green (hue angle = 157°). Benjamin Moore Nightfall 1596 is similar but has even less warmth compared to Iron Ore (hue angle = 189°, Green hue family). Behr’s Peppery MQ2-62 is also comparable but looks a bit warmer than Iron Ore (hue angle = 84°, Yellow hue family)

I never, ever recommend color matching between brands. I have seen clients do this for any number of reasons (to save a little money, their contractor will only work with a specific brand, lack of access, etc.). But the bottom line is that you cannot color match between brands and expect to get identical results.

You may get really close. You may even get a color you can live with if you’re lucky. But with color matching, there are no guarantees because different brands use different formulas, bases, and proprietary pigments. Ultimately, it will be a different product.

Need Help Choosing a Color?

Need help finding the right paint color? Order a Virtual Color Consultation Report from the color professionals at Three Bears Home Staging to get a custom, curated palette and guidance for your next painting project.

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One Room Paint Color Report | Virtual

Need help choosing the best paint colors for your room? Then this is the (virtual) service for you! Based on your questionnaire responses and uploaded photos, we’ll create a personalized digital Paint Color Report just for you. We’ll also send you paint swatches! Click below to learn how it works or to get started!


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Exterior Paint Color Report | Virtual

Ready to give your home exterior a fresh new look, but feeling overwhelmed with the decision? Get a little virtual help from the color experts at Three Bears Home Staging! Based on your questionnaire responses and uploaded photos, we’ll create a personalized digital Paint Color Report just for your home’s exterior. We’ll also send you paint swatches! Read below to learn how it works…


About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging®. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager™ and Certified Expert E-Designer™ and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.


8 Front Porch Decor Ideas to Boost Your Curb Appeal this Spring

Adding a few trendy spring decor pieces to your front porch can easily elevate your home’s style and have a powerful impact on a buyer’s first impression. Take a look at these front porch decor ideas that are sure to boost your curb appeal this spring.


This square tapered planter has a sleek finish that adds a contemporary look to any front porch

Veradek V-Resin Indoor/Outdoor Taper Planter, 2-Pack (30 inch, Grey)

Bring a touch of green to your front door with this beautiful eucalyptus wreath. Its simple and clean design pairs seamlessly with a variety of different decor styles.

Drop Eucalyptus 24″ Twig Wreath

Set the stage for potential buyers to envision themselves relaxing on the porch with this pretty bench. The wood lends a little visual texture, while the cushioned seat adds comfort.

Wooden Garden Bench

Make your porch or patio chairs more comfortable and inviting by adding a few throw pillows. These pillow covers feature a textured woven fabric and a neutral color scheme for easy modern styling.

18″ x 18″ Boho Throw Pillow Covers, Set of 2
18″ x 18″ Black and Cream Geometric Decorative Pillow Covers 18×18 Inch

Is your space too small for a bench? Try these chairs, a sleek and stylish addition to your outdoor decor.

Outdoor Modern Patio Chair (Set of 2)

Greet potential buyers with the warm, inviting design of this doormat. It’s made with 100% coir that helps keep your home clean by keeping dirt and debris outdoors.

Natural Coir Doormat

Layer your doormat with a bold scatter rug for a fresh, inviting look.

Black and White Striped Outdoor Rug, 2’x3′

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Read Our Book

In this second edition of her popular book, Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition, HSR certified professional home stager Vannessa Rhoades walks you through the step-by-step process of staging your home for a faster, more profitable sale. Available on Amazon in paperback and FREE for Kindle Unlimited customers!


About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging®. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager™ and Certified Expert E-Designer™ and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.


Paint Color Review: Sherwin-Williams Alabaster 7008

Sherwin-Williams Alabaster 7008 is a gorgeously soft, warm white. It has just a touch of creaminess that adds warmth without looking yellow. But is it the right white for your project?

What is the LRV of Alabaster?

Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is a measure of how much light a paint reflects back into a room, with 100 being highly reflective and zero being not reflective at all. Alabaster’s LRV is 82, so it’s definitely a white but not the brightest, most reflective white on the market. This helps it feel a bit softer while still being bright and could make it a better choice as a wall paint than, say, Sherwin-Williams High Reflective White (LRV 93 ), which may feel too stark or sterile on an entire wall.

The walls in this gorgeous kitchen are painted Sherwin-Williams Alabaster 7008, paired with cabinets in Sherwin-Williams 7016 Mindful Gray.

How Does the Exposure of My Room Affect Alabaster?

Exposure refers to the direction of the natural light in a room and tends to vary in color and intensity depending on where it’s coming from. Alabaster will add a dose of warmth to the cool gray light in a north-facing room or a room that has morning east-facing light. In a room with southern exposure, Alabaster will look even warmer. Western exposure rooms will also see this warmth in the afternoon light.

You must sample this color in the space you intend to use it before you start putting it on your walls and trim! (We mail 8″ x 10″ paint swatches of our recommendations to our Virtual Color Consultation clients.)

Is Alabaster a Good Trim Color?

In many cases, yes! But it depends on what color you’re putting next to it. Because Alabaster is a higher chroma white (more colorful) than some other white paint colors, it may have a bit less flexibility (although I’d say it’s still pretty darn flexible).

Alabaster is especially beautiful on trim molding when paired with other warm paint colors. But if you’re looking for a low chroma (less vivid or colorless), clean white paint color that has more flexibility, Alabaster would not be my first recommendation. For a cleaner, lower chroma white paint color, take a look at Benjamin Moore Super White OC-152 or Behr Ultra Pure White.

Can I Pair Sherwin-Williams Alabaster with Another White Paint Color? Will It Look Yellow?

It might. If you want white walls and are using Alabaster on the trim and cabinets, I recommend using Alabaster on the walls as well. Simply change the sheen or finish to give it some dimension (e.g., eggshell for the walls and satin for the cabinets and trim). When you start trying to mix and match white paints, their differences in hue and chroma become much more obvious. One will likely end up highlighting the hue family of the other, causing it to look grayer/yellower/dingier by comparison. (In my online course, Color By The Numbers™, I show you how easy it is to find hue and chroma values and how to use them to evaluate colors).

What Colors Go With Sherwin-Williams Alabaster?

Alabaster looks cleaner and brighter when partnered with a paint color that has a significant difference in chroma (colorfulness or vividness) and/or value (lightness or darkness). Take a look at some of our favorite near-neutrals to pair with Alabaster:

Alabaster has an LCh° hue angle of 99.953°, which means it’s in the Yellow hue family. The challenge is that many of the most popular near-neutral paint colors (many beiges and grays) also belong to the Yellow hue family. This means you’ll have to be careful when pairing Alabaster with other near-neutral paint colors from the Yellow hue family. If you start sampling paint colors and find Alabaster looking too dingy or yellow next to your other paint, they’re probably from the same hue family and too similar in chroma or value. (Hue family can be tricky to identify based on looks alone. In my online course, Color By The Numbers™, I show you how easy it is to find hue and chroma values and how to use them to evaluate colors).

What paint colors are similar to Sherwin-Williams Alabaster?

Benjamin Moore Dove Wing OC-18 or Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17 have a very similar degree of warmth and brightness if that’s the look you’re going for.

That being said, I never, ever recommend color matching between brands. I have seen clients do this for any number of reasons (to save a little money, their contractor will only work with a specific brand, lack of access, etc.). But the bottom line is that you cannot color match between brands and expect to get identical results.

You may get really close. You may even get a color you can live with if you’re lucky. But with color matching, there are no guarantees because different brands use different formulas, bases, and proprietary pigments. Ultimately, it will be a different product.

Need Help Choosing a Color?

Need help finding the right paint color? Order a Virtual Color Consultation Report from the color professionals at Three Bears Home Staging to get a custom, curated palette and guidance for your next painting project.


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One Room Paint Color Report | Virtual

Need help choosing the best paint colors for your room? Then this is the (virtual) service for you! Based on your questionnaire responses and uploaded photos, we’ll create a personalized digital Paint Color Report just for you. We’ll also send you paint swatches! Click below to learn how it works or to get started!


exterior paint color

Exterior Paint Color Report | Virtual

Ready to give your home exterior a fresh new look, but feeling overwhelmed with the decision? Get a little virtual help from the color experts at Three Bears Home Staging! Based on your questionnaire responses and uploaded photos, we’ll create a personalized digital Paint Color Report just for your home’s exterior. We’ll also send you paint swatches! Read below to learn how it works…


About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging®. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager™ and Certified Expert E-Designer™ and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.


10 Smart, Simple Home Decor Updates That Will Help You Sell Your Home

Even in a sellers’ market, strategic home decor updates can have a powerful effect on your home’s “buyer appeal.” Choosing smart home decor updates can increase the perceived value of your home among potential buyers. Houses that look newer, well-maintained, clean, and more or less “turn-key” generate more demand and sell more quickly (often, for more money).

The secret is knowing what to spend your time and money on, and where you’re better off holding back. Most homeowners don’t have the budget for a full-scale renovation. So what are some of the most effective home decor updates a homeowner can make to prepare a property for sale?

1. Deep Clean

It may sound obvious that a clean home is an easier sell. Sadly, though, I can tell you from personal experience that many homeowners miss this crucial step.

Buyers tend to assume that a dirty, cluttered home has a lot of deferred maintenance. In other words, if you can’t be bothered to clean the toilet or wipe the counters, they extrapolate that into bigger issues, like maintaining and cleaning the HVAC system. Dust, scrub, polish your house from the ceiling (that’s right, I said ceiling) to the floor, and all corners in between. Even that spot behind the toilet you think no one sees. Take a look at some of our favorite cleaning products here and here.


2. Paint

It’s become a mantra for home stagers and real estate agents: “Paint is money in a can!” There is no better return-on-investment than a fresh coat of paint. Just remember, the focus needs to be on your room, not on the wall color. When preparing a home for sale, stick with neutrals since these colors have the highest appeal among potential buyers. Take a look at our neutral paint color and white paint color recommendations for home staging and selling. And if you’re completely overwhelmed with your choices, you can always get in touch with us for a virtual color consultation.


3. Update Bedding

Opt for white or neutral color bedding, preferably solids or with minimal patterns. Not only does it give the room a more cohesive, high-end feel, but it also shows up much more favorably in your listing photos. Bed-in-a-bag options are an easy solution and are available at most big-box department stores. These sets typically include the duvet or comforter, a bed skirt, pillow shams, sheets, and accessory pillows. (If you’re looking for a simple, attractive set that won’t break the bank, we recommend this white, queen-sized bed-in-a-bag from Amazon. Also available in king and a variety of other sizes.)

Sweet Home Collection 7 Piece Bed-in-A-Bag, QUEEN

Sweet Home Collection 7 Piece Bed-in-A-Bag, KING

4. Purchase New Shades for Old Lamps

Lamps can completely transform the vibe of a bedroom. In many cases, simply switching out the lampshade can instantly update (or age) the other decor.

Pro tip: When it comes to table lamps, your shade should generally be a third to half the height of the base. The shade width should be double the width of the lamp base. Take a look at a few shades we like:

ALUCSET Double Medium Paper Lamp Shades Set of 2

Wellmet 14″x14″x11″ Lampshade

5. Replace Faucets

Kitchens and bathrooms are highly visible and extremely important on most buyers’ priority lists. Even if you can’t afford to fully renovate, updating the faucets will still give your space a more high-dollar, luxury feel. It’s a simple process that usually doesn’t require a plumber. Lowe’s has a great “how-to” video here. Here are a few faucets we like:

WEWE Single Handle High Arc Brushed Nickel Pull Out Kitchen Faucet

PARLOS Swivel Spout 2-Handle Bathroom Faucet

6. New Handles for Cabinets

While we’re on the subject of kitchens and bathrooms, take a minute to evaluate your hardware. A new set of jewelry can work wonders on older cabinets and modernize your look for a fraction of the cost.

Ravinte 30 Pack | 5 Inch Cabinet Pulls

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Ravinte 30 Pack 1-1/4 inch Kitchen Cabinet Knobs

7. Recaulk Sinks and Tubs

Caulk (that strip of silicon that seals the edges of your sinks, showers, and tubs) can become yellow and brittle after a few years. Sometimes it even starts to accumulate black mold (which you may be able to remove using this trick). If this is the case at your house, consider re-caulking. Remove the old caulk (you’ll need a putty knife or utility knife and possibly some needle-nosed pliers), clean and dry the surface, then add a fresh bead of new caulk and smooth it out. It feels soooo fresh and new (and costs less than $10 for a tube of caulk)!

Silicone Caulking Tools
Sealant, 10.0 oz, Clear, w/Nozzle

8. Update Light Fixtures

Begin by replacing outdated entry lights, dining room chandeliers, and bathroom vanity lights. If there’s still room in the budget, consider swapping out builder-grade flush-mount ceiling lights. We like these:

ZGLAOJT Semi Flush Mount 4 Light Ceiling Light

Aadi 1 – Light 8” Simple Dome Semi Flush Mount

Hegland Dimmable Vanity Light

9. Upgrade to a Digital Thermostat

Not only do analog thermostats look dated, but they could be costing you extra money! Upgrading your device brings you more in line with home buyer expectations and may give you an edge as a seller.

Honeywell TH5110D1006/U Non-Programmable Thermostat, Premier White

Emerson NP110 Non-Programmable Single Stage Thermostat

10. Curb Appeal

Don’t neglect the exterior! After all, it’s the first thing a potential buyer is going to see when they look at your home. Get rid of weeds, trim and prune bushes and trees, and power wash the sidewalk and porch leading up to your front door. Fresh mulch makes a big impact in flower beds, as do colorful flowers! It’s also a good idea to spruce up your front door area as well.


Need Help Knowing Where to Start?

Three Bears Home Staging can help you with a strategy! Take a look below at a few of the ways we’re helping homeowners all over the country…

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Book an Online Consultation

We specialize in positive and empowering virtual consultations with practical advice to help homeowners sell more quickly and for more money.


Enroll in Our Online Courses

Our online courses are designed with you, the DIY homeowner, in mind. From home staging to paint color selection, we break down the process for you from start to finish!


Read Our Book

In this second edition of her popular book, Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition, HSR certified professional home stager Vannessa Rhoades walks you through the step-by-step process of staging your home for a faster, more profitable sale. Available on Amazon in paperback and FREE for Kindle Unlimited customers!


The products on this blog have been independently selected because I like them. Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links, meaning, if you choose to click on a link and make a purchase, I earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you and is paid 100% by the merchant, which helps me continue to create free content for my readers — so it’s a win-win! Thank you for supporting my blog and my business!


About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging®. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager™ and Certified Expert E-Designer™ and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.


The Best Neutral Wall Paint Colors That Go With Wood Trim Molding

Wood trim is a classic feature of many older homes. While some homeowners love the warmth and character it adds, others find it outdated and dark. If you’re struggling to love your wood trim, it could be that the wall color is creating a visual distraction for you. Choosing the right neutral paint color to go with your wood trim can not only save you the cost and labor of painting all that woodwork but add a special kind of beauty and warmth to your home that’s hard to replicate.

Contrast or Calm?

A great wall paint color will either contrast with your wood tones to help them stand out or calm them down so that they soften and blend. For example, a pretty beige might harmonize with orange-toned wood (similar hue families on the color wheel), whereas a soft gray-blue would offer more contrast and drama (opposite hue families). Both are beautiful, but they’re two completely different vibes. Generally speaking, when you’re staging or preparing a home for sale, keep large-scale color choices toned-down and harmonious. This is because it helps visually enlarge the space, and it gives potential buyers a more neutral canvas to envision the home as their own. It’s also what makes neutral paint a great choice for pairing with wood trim. *If you’re not planning to sell your home, you may want to explore more dramatic paint color options than you’ll find in this article.

This beautiful living room is a great example of a wall paint color that beautifully accents and contrasts with the wood trim. (Orange and blue are opposites on the color wheel, so it’s achieving the desired effect). Perfect for a homeowner who loves bright colors! If you’re planning to sell your home, however, this much contrast and drama are typically too overwhelming for buyers. Homeowners prepping for a home sale should opt for a more neutral, blended palette in order to appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers.

So stop fighting your wood trim…let me show you how to work with it by updating your wall paint color!

A Few Key Points Before We Start


And now…let’s take a look at which neutral paint colors can make that wood trim work for you!

Red Wood Tones

The warmth of cherry, mahogany, and other red-stained woods can add a lot of beauty and depth to a space. This red is more apparent in certain light, at times making the wood can appear a tiny bit pink or even a muted purple.

Neutral Wall Paint Colors to Update Red Wood Tones

Orange Wood Tones

Woods with orange tones may fall a bit more to either the yellow or red side of the color wheel, but their predominant hue is still in the Orange family.

Neutral Wall Paint Colors to Update Orange Wood Tones

Yellow Wood Tones

Yellow-toned woods are pretty obviously yellow. Sometimes they can lean a bit into orange, and in the right light, they may pick up flashes of green or pink. You’ll see this color wood a lot in homes that were built in the 1990s when “honey oak” was all the rage.

Neutral Wall Paint Colors to Update Yellow Wood Tones

A paint color’s hue family is NOT always obvious (especially when it comes to neutrals), but they all fall on the color wheel somewhere. Confused about hue family? We take ALL the guesswork out of it and teach you exactly what it is and how to find it in our Color By The Numbers™ online course. Learn more here!


Need a Little Color Help?

Whether you’re looking for a complete refresh of your space, experimenting with a new style, or just need a little professional guidance to help narrow down your paint color choices, we are here to help!

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About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging®. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager™ and Certified Expert E-Designer™ and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.


The Twisty New Trend We Love: The Curved Sofa and How to Style It

There’s an unmistakable elegance to a curved sofa, whether it’s a gently rolled Chesterfield or a fully rounded mid-century modern couch. Similarly, a curvilinear form can add a bit of artistic refinement to other furnishings as well, from drum-shaped coffee tables to gracefully molded light fixtures. Read on to learn how to add a little well-rounded beauty to your living room and discover some of our favorite curved furnishings.

Your Statement Piece: The Curved Sofa or Curved Couch

Curved sofas are sometimes called crescent sofas or conversation sofas (in other words, try searching those terms as well when shopping online to get more results). These gorgeous pieces statement pieces have steadily increased in popularity over the past couple of years, and 2022 will be no exception.

If you’re planning to add a curved sofa to your living room, here are a few styling tips to keep in mind:

  • If you have an large living room, then you may want to use two curved sofas. Float them in the center of the room, facing one another.

Shop the Look

Take a look at some of our favorite curved sofas (at a variety of price points to make any budget happy!):

Infiniti Curve Back Sofa via Crate & Barrel


Oakhill Wide Symmetrical Sectional via Wayfair


Christopher Knight Home Traditional Chesterfield Tufted Velvet Sofa via Amazon


Pearce Modern Sofa Curved Chaise Sectional via Pottery Barn


Curved Modern Sofa via West Elm


Onslow Velvet Curved Sectional via One Kings Lane


Complementary Curved Furnishings

One of the best ways to complement a curved sofa: repeat the curves! Curved furnishings add a touch of gentle softness. They offset harsh edges and rigid lines, creating a more harmonious vibe in your space. Pieces with more intricate curves — an arching floor lamp or a rounded mirror — even function as usable artwork.

Take a look at these gorgeous curved furnishings we love:

Safi Floor Mirror via Urban Outfitters


Brandi Arched Floor Lamp via Wayfair


Gwen Wood and Metal Nightstand via Crate & Barrel


Art Deco Removable Self-Adhesive Wallpaper via Etsy


Modern Gold Seeded Glass Pendant Islands Lights via Overstock


Drum Storage Coffee Table via West Elm



The products on this blog have been independently selected because I like them. Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links, meaning, if you choose to click on a link and make a purchase, I earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you and is paid 100% by the merchant, which helps me continue to create free content for my readers — so it’s a win-win! Thank you for supporting my blog and my business!


About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging®. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager™ and Certified Expert E-Designer™ and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.


Home Design Trends to Expect in 2022

It’s a new year and time to re-examine home design trends for 2022. We’ve spent a lot more time in our homes the past two years, loving or hating everything around us. The 2022 home design trends reflect that by prioritizing comfort, feeling good, and function over form.

Take a look at a few recurrent themes we’re seeing for 2022 (and how they may apply to home staging):

The Color Green and Biophilic Design

Major paint manufacturers, like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams, have included various shades of green on their lists of top paint colors for 2022. (Pinterest has seen searches for green interior inspiration increase by 80 percent this year.)

Benjamin Moore 2022 Color of the Year, October Mist
Sherwin-Williams 2022 Color of the Year, Evergreen Fog
Modern Geometric Ceramic Vases Set of 2

9PCS-Botanical-Plant-Wall-Art-Prints
9-Piece Botanical Plant Wall Art Prints

Large Flannel Velvet Plush Throw

Square Throw Pillow Covers
Square Throw Pillow Covers

Separated Spaces

Open floor plans have been most homebuyers’ preference for years. In recent years, however, we’ve started to see a shift, with buyers favoring layouts that provide more opportunities for privacy. Improved technology has enabled more homeowners to work remotely, with Covid-19 accelerating this trend over the last couple of years. Today’s buyers want a distinction between living and working spaces.

In addition, we’re seeing more multigenerational living arrangements due to the high costs of housing and eldercare. Flexible spaces that accommodate multiple generations and functions will likely continue to be popular in the year ahead. Expect more separation between common spaces like the kitchen, home office, dining area, and living room.

How it applies to home staging: If you’re preparing your home for a sale this year, make sure each room in your house has a clear purpose. For example, stage a primary bedroom as an adult space for sleep and relaxation. Remove items that work against that narrative (e.g., exercise equipment, kids’ toys, a cluttered desk, etc.). Are you using your formal dining area as a home office? Turn it back into a space for dining and entertaining before you put it on the market. Cramming too many multi-purpose functions into one room tells potential buyers that your house doesn’t have enough space.

Curves and Waves

Curves and waves are soft on the eyes and hands and create a more comfortable, relaxed vibe within a room. Curvilinear forms are especially popular in furniture right now, but they also work well in backsplashes and other settings. You’ll likely see soft, rounded edges popping up more in bars, mirrors, kitchen islands, drum tables, or barrel back chairs.

How it applies to home staging: Use waves or curvy pieces to add a touch of modern softness to a room full of harsh edges. A pretty round lamp or a curvy chair can make a space feel more gentle and inviting.

Sustainability and Conscious Design Choices

Sustainability has become more important to homebuyers in recent years, and 2022 will likely see a continuation of that. The use of organic materials, along with responsible manufacturing and re-purposing has shaped interior design trends. From a design perspective, this translates to a shift toward accessories made from recycled metal or glass and furniture created from reclaimed woods.

How it applies to home staging: Be aware that today’s homebuyers are making a clear shift toward more conscious design choices. Your furniture will definitely impact a buyer’s perception. Keep this in mind as you begin to pack and prep your home for sale. Remove furniture that may appear inexpensive or “disposable,” like plastics, particleboard, or aluminum. Does your home feature sustainable elements (e.g. a mantel or ceiling beams made of reclaimed wood, recycled glass countertops)? Consider mentioning that in your listing description.

Preparing for a 2022 Home Sale? We Can Help!

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Book an Online Consultation

We specialize in positive and empowering virtual consultations with practical advice to help homeowners sell more quickly and for more money.


Enroll in Our Online Courses

Our online courses are designed with you, the DIY homeowner, in mind. From home staging to paint color selection, we break down the process for you from start to finish!


Read Our Book

In this second edition of her popular book, Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition, HSR certified professional home stager Vannessa Rhoades walks you through the step-by-step process of staging your home for a faster, more profitable sale. Available on Amazon in paperback and FREE for Kindle Unlimited customers!


About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging®. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager™ and Certified Expert E-Designer™ and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.


The products on this blog have been independently selected because I like them. Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links, meaning, if you choose to click on a link and make a purchase, I earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you and is paid 100% by the merchant, which helps me continue to create free content for my readers — so it’s a win-win! Thank you for supporting my blog and my business!