I’m Moving Soon: What Color Should I Paint My Home?

movingI just had a client yesterday that was asking the same question. She had a gorgeous house in a warm, cozy Tuscan style that I personally love. To me, homes should have a warm inviting feeling which is THEE main reason I’m not a fan of white or blue. White to me is lifeless and blue, just never connected with that color because no, I don’t think coastal when I see it, I just feel cold.

So anyway, even though my clients house was super beautiful, I know that if she would try to sell it tomorrow, she’d have some issues.

First off, since so many people are following the blue-gray trend in their home, their decor will not match with a Tuscan color palette. So potential homebuyers are already noticing that none of their present furniture or decor will match this house. Sale lost.

Secondly, like I mentioned, we all know that the Tuscan style home has a lot of browns and golds and usually a faux designs somewhere in the home. Gold is a really, really hard sell now. People just turn their nose up at it. So, the potential homeowner now has to paint a 3,000 square foot house which is a good chunk of money. Sale lost.

Third and finally, people shop with their eyes. With having all the earthy colors in the Tuscan home, it can have a tendency to make your home appear smaller and darker. Even though you have a large home, the colors and decor you have chosen make it look smaller and cluttered. The oversized and ornate furniture and darker colors are casting shadows and the decor that is also dark and textured will fill the house visually. Sale lost.

What to do? This is what I told my client yesterday.

So what colors should I choose for my home

if I’m moving soon?

You have to keep in mind that YOU will still be living in the home for X amount of months or years so you really need to be looking and enjoying colors that you  like.

However, you can’t personalize your colors too much (Tuscan) because you’ll eventually have to transition to a staged and marketable color palette.

Here’s what you can do.

You can lean towards the coastal color palette like I have shown here. So many people have some type of gray and blue in their home at this point so the transition of them moving there belongings into your home when they purchase it, should be easy.

Another option is to totally neutralize your home into shades of gray this way you’ll have a completely blank slate, boring but blank, so just about anyone can come in and their decor will match – except those like me, who need color in their home.

Go beige? Heck no! That’s never a good idea. I’ve been in homes where the ENTIRE home was painted just one color. That’s like wearing the same shoes day after day after day.

So this brings me to a color palette that I very appealing to the people who currently in the home and any potential home buyers. What do you think?



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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10 Responses to I’m Moving Soon: What Color Should I Paint My Home?

  1. Hi Donna.

    Love all the colors of this color palette. Will you name the colors please. In the middle of redecorating our home to sale.
    Thank You

  2. Donna Frasca says:

    I love this color palette too! I don’t name color palettes here on my blog but I do offer them in a color consultation service. I have a Color Ala Carte service that is just $15 a color so this one would be up to $105 if you want the entire palette.

    I also offer a Virtual Color Consultation service where not only do I give you the names of these colors in either Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore but I show you color placement as well. Look at the first post on this website – it explains how that service works.

  3. Hi Donna:
    The kitchen, foyer, dining and trim work well together. But for me, the living room is TOO yellowy beige, and the bedroom blue is too cold a tone. If I kept all but one, the bedroom blue would be the one to leave.

  4. Donna Frasca says:

    Sure that would be good too – just change up the yellow – tone it down to the level you like and to blend a little better with the grays.

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  7. Donna Frasca says:

    That blue is available in just about all paint brands- it would depend on which one you need. Feel free to email me to purchase this service I offer, let me know which brand you prefer.

  8. BevN says:

    The blue is drab and gloomy. Pretty depressive. If you must choose a blue, go with one more in the blue vs. gray spectrum, or better yet, just go with gray for the bedroom.

    • Donna Frasca says:

      It’s actually one of Benjamin Moore’s top ten colors. It’s not drap at all; you should know that monitors differ in color representation, and yours is probably off a bit. I NEVER recommend gray for any room, unless you live in a cemetery. Thanks for the suggestion, though!

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