Thursday, October 16, 2014

Perfect Paint Choices for Staging Your Home

Experts say that staged homes sell faster and for higher prices than those that are not, and paint color is a low-cost but effective way of showcasing your home. The following home staging tips and ideas will help in guiding your paint color choices.

The colors potential buyers see when they enter your home should be neutral so that the buyers will not be distracted by someone else's style. They should see the walls of your home as a blank canvas on which to project their own preferences and style. But "neutral" doesn't necessarily mean white. Using subtle color can actually enhance the buyer's experience, so repaint walls that have strong colors with rich neutral hues.
Some suggestions: Benjamin Moore 'Barley 199', Benjamin Moore 'Stone House 1039' and Benjamin Moore 'Providence Olive HC-98'
Stage your home with Benjamin Moore's neutral paint colors: barley, 199; stone house 1039; and providence olive, HC-98.
If your wallpaper has a distracting design or is outdated, remove it and add a fresh coat of paint for a more current, updated look. A low-sheen product will help reduce the imperfections on walls and ceilings. You can also use color to highlight the architectural details and features of your home.
Some suggestions: Benjamin Moore 'Carrington beige HC-93' , Benjamin Moore 'Shaker Beige HC-45' and Benjamin Moore 'Nantucket Gray HC-111'
Refresh your home with paint colors from Benjamin Moore: carrington beige, HC-93; shaker beige, HC-45; and nantucket gray, HC-111.
Light, clean, organized spaces appear larger. So clean and declutter, and give your walls a fresh coat of paint in a light neutral color to bring the room to life and make it seem more expansive. One home staging idea that can help expand your space visually: paint the moldings the same color as the wall, which gives an illusion of higher walls.
Some suggestions: Benjamin Moore 'Manchester Tan HC-81', Benjamin Moore 'Monroe Bisque HC-26' or Benjamin Moore 'Camouflage 2143-40'
Stage your home with Benjamin Moore's paint colors that will maximize your space: manchester tan, HC-81; monroe bisque, HC-26; camouflage, 2143-40. 
First impressions are everything, so besides trimming your hedges and grass, be sure your front door and any fencing or mailbox posts are freshly painted. And because buyers love decks, porches, and patios, also make sure they're freshly painted or stained.

Great suggestions for front door: Benjamin Moore 'Dinner Party AF-300',  Benjamin Moore 'Yorktowne Green HC-133' and Benjamin Moore 'Tate Olive HC-112'

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We Answer Wednesdays - Should we paint our wood trim?

Should we paint our wood trim?

Couples have been debating this very question for decades and usually the answer is “yes”.  More often than not stained wood trim makes a home look dated. And, depending on the wood (think lots of knots)  the look can be a bit ‘cabin-y’. But here are three different solutions to your trim dilemma. 

1.        1.  All white – if you are a traditionalist, you can’t go wrong with white.  If you have wide Historic mouldings, use a semi-gloss finish to play up the profile (and for easier cleaning). Be sure to match the paint choice for the trim and doors (and the chair rail and panel moulding, too)
Best whites for trim: ‘popped corn’ W-B-200 by Behr, ‘simply white’ oc-117 by Benjamin Moore and ‘pointing’ 2003 by farrow& ball

In this image, we see the classic white trim.  The built-ins, ceiling and trim are all in the one white tone – it looks so clean and crisp again the taupe walls.

1.       2.  Same colour as the walls – for a bold decorator look, paint the trim the same hue as the walls.  Washing a room in a single colour helps a small space feel grand.  It’s also a clever way not to highlight an unsubstantial trim.

In this image, there is a lot of colour and some funky pattern too, so this all one colour wall and trim solution really works! We focus on the light fixture, furniture, the art and bold colour instead of the trim.

3.      3.   Darker casings and doors – create an edgy look by painting doors and casings a dramatic contrasting colour, while keeping the rest of the mouldings the same shade as the walls
Best blacks: Beluga (770F-7) by Behr, Black Iron 2120-20 by Benjamin Moore, and Tricorn Black SW 6258 by Sherwin-Williams

See this image for some inspiration, the dark casings, doors and floor are dramatics and glamorous and the warm white walls are the perfect canvas for art mirrors and other decor