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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Kathy Streib I usually suggest 'neutral' color - if painting is really needed!

However, I do offer them that they consult with a stager before anything else.

Apr 09, 2015 03:39 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't suggest any color, Kathy.  I suggest that they call you!

Apr 09, 2015 07:24 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I suggest they work with a stager so the choice is NOT mine.... not my department!!  we do marketing, not staging....

Apr 09, 2015 06:56 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Sharon- neutrals can take on many colors.. not just a stark white!

Ron and Alexandra- you're right in that neutrals can also mean color, as you mentioned a sea green.

Thanks to everyone for answering.  Going with white, as the builders do, is usually the absolute last thing you want to do.  It gives the rooms a cold look without any character or warmth.  I've even had a seller leave her walls a very soft green since for her rooms, it was very neutral.  

The good thing about going with a warm neutral and the white trim is that should the furniture be removed and the house left vacant, the soft neutral color does not leave the buyer cold. 

Apr 10, 2015 05:28 AM
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~

Light beige or yellow is hot in our area.  Though some people do light grey

Apr 09, 2015 08:20 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Grey! Seems to be the popular color in dc 

Apr 09, 2015 10:24 AM
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

My stager has been suggesting Sherman Williams' Kilim Beige.  It looks really good.   

Apr 09, 2015 10:19 AM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

If they paint them at all, neutral.   I tell buyers all the time when showing houses, paint is just about the easiest and least expensive thing they can change about a property.  I have found very LOUD! colors can turn some buyers off, but not all.  Not a fan of all white either, feels like a hospital not a home.

Apr 09, 2015 07:56 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I don't suggest painting anything unless it's just filthy or some awful color that no one could possibly like.

Apr 09, 2015 07:24 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

White, Beige, off white, Egg Shell, light coffee color, light gray...anything that appears soft and neutral.

Apr 09, 2015 06:50 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Neutral! Egg shell or LIGHT beige colors are the best in my opinion.

Apr 09, 2015 06:40 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Usuall off white if anything

Apr 09, 2015 06:25 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


When we were selling commercial buildings, painting the outside bright white worked really wel.  It became noticed again.  We a dusty pink building for sale, and the moment it was white, it caught someone's eye, and they bought it.  They had not noticed it before.

In a home, I would not recommend that, but I would take in the light factor, how much light is coming into the room at different times of the day.  This prevents one from going too dark or too light...I like ecrus, soft grays, sea greens as neutrals.  When we lived in Napa the color of the light was butterscotch, and here in SB our light has a pinkish hue like it does in Italy!  Once you determined that, the colors are easy...boy that was a longwinded explanation...LOL A

Apr 09, 2015 06:09 AM
Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
Luxury Property Specialist, CSC, SFR

Neutral.  The color will truly depend upon the amount of light that gets into the home. If almost too much light, you want a slightly darker color.  When dark, you may want a Navajo white that brights it up w/o being stark.  So many choices, but sticking with the basic neutrals. 

Apr 09, 2015 06:04 AM