What Color Should I Paint My House if I’ll Be Moving Soon?

Choosing color for your home is a process. Choosing color for your home when you’ll be moving in a year or two is another process. You’re be able to have a new color scheme but will you AND the potential new homeowner love it too?


These are the questions I ask my clients before I even pick up a paint deck. Why? Here’s the perfect example.

My client this week wanted “warm and cozy’ colors for her home – which is fine, but these are warm and cozy colors:


Do you like these colors? I do, they are warm and cozy and would turn a house into a home in a heart beat. Will the potential new homeowners like these colors? Maybe yes maybe no but when it comes to painting a 4,000+ square foot home, that’s a chance I wouldn’t want to take.

What if someone has light, white furniture and wants to keep their home crisp looking? These colors are out. What if someone wants cool colors for their home because they have a lot of soft blue decor? These colors are out. You may have just lost half if not all your sales because you chose the wrong colors for your home.


Here I took the same colors and just lightened them up – a lot! You can still have warm colors but just a hint of it. I removed the burgundy color because when you lighten that up, it turns pink.

Why will these colors work? Several reasons.

  • They are light enough so you won’t really notice them on the wall
  • They are neutral enough to go with most decor
  • They transition softly from room to room
  • They are versatile. They can look contemporary or traditional.

You can still have color in your home while you are there but if you’re moving, just lighten up those colors. Keep them soft and subtle and you’ll have no trouble selling your home when you have a universal color palette.

About Donna Frasca

I am an energy that has found a new vibration and frequency. Through many years of writing, learning, and experiencing, I've found comfort in trusting in myself and in Spirit.
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11 Responses to What Color Should I Paint My House if I’ll Be Moving Soon?

  1. Another great post! Of course, I like the first ‘warm and cozy’, but completely understand how others may not. Great idea to soften the warm colors.

  2. Good advice, Donna! Staging colors have to be more neutral, but not bland 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on South Charlotte and Waxhaw where it's at! and commented:
    Excellent ideas for people preparing their home for a move, love the colors!

  4. Anonymous says:

    What color should I paint my office

    • Donna Frasca says:

      I’m going to mention some type of green because that is the hue I’m trying to infuse into our homes now because if it’s tremendous Holistic appeal.

      When I conduct my Virtual Color Consultations, or my live ones for that matter, I take into consideration the lighting, your location, the flooring and the color of the wood that is in your office. I don’t know any of that at this moment so I’m going to suggest a fairly universal green.

      Try Brown Buzz 6005-3B. Don’t let the name fool ya! It’s pretty.

  5. dinah says:

    Im painting my new house…already sold my old one! but I love the pallet just the same. can you supply me with the brand and number (for both the bold and the muted?) If I went with these colours, what colour for floor wood and cupboards would your recommend?

  6. Letty says:

    What are the color names to the first set of cozy colors? I really like those colors and am considering the green, yellow, and red tones for the kitchen. What are your thoughts?

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