Neutral colours are the perfect choice when staging your home for sale. A neutral colour scheme is non-offensive to homebuyers, and can work with virtually any furniture pieces you or potential buyers might already have. Simply put, neutrals are easy. But don’t get me wrong – this colour family doesn’t have to be boring. It just takes some creativity to bring your neutrals to life.
Think of your furnishings in terms of shape, size and fabric patterns, and use these elements to liven up your basic backdrop. In a neutral room devoid of colour, your furniture pieces are what make it the pop, capturing a prospective buyer’s attention. For example, incorporating pattern through accent furniture upholstery makes a great statement and breaks up the monotony of all the neutrals.
If your big furniture pieces are all neutral and quiet, then you officially have permission to go wild with your accessories! For example, a boldly patterned rug that echoes the colour of all the big furnishings in the room (grey, beige and dark brown) will serve to tie all the room’s individual elements together. It is still neutral and non-offensive to potential buyers, but the pattern definitely adds some oomph to the space. This same principles can be achieved using artwork as well.
Add textural interest to your neutral space with materials such as fur, natural fibers and bark cloth patterns. Employ a mix of fabrics such as cotton, linen, velvet, tweed, wool or faux fur. When deciding on “soft” furnishings and accessories, make sure to incorporate some variety into your selections.
When working in a neutral room, texture and finishes are important. For example, you don’t want every table and chair to be made of the same material. A combination of wood types, stone, mirror and metal delivers some visual interest. Your options? The only rule is to use whatever you love, that works in your space and achieves your design direction.
TIP: Metallic accents are perfect for staging! They add texture without complicating the room’s colour scheme.
POP OF COLOUR
A little colour never hurts, especially in small doses. Introduce colour into your small furniture pieces and accessories. Choose a single accent colour to break up the monotony of a neutral room.
A neutral colour palette is a great choice, whether you’re staging your home for sale or you just prefer these gentler tones. Neutrals are calming, refreshing and easy to personalize, and they typically survive the change of trends from season to season, and year to year. The real secret to a successful neutral space lies between those beige walls. You could say it’s all in the textural, tactile details.
Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist, Red Barrinuevo is an Interior Decorator and Principal of Redesign4more, servicing clients in Toronto and the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging and interior styling services. www.redesign4more.com