Accent Colors Gone Wrong For Staged Homes

Do we still use accent colors in the home? I don’t know about you but I haven’t suggested a wall accent in a really long time.

Here’s two I found that just totally didn’t make sense. To make matters worse, this is a staged home.

Accent colors gone wrong

There is so much wrong with this room I don’t know where to begin. Like I mentioned before, the sad thing is, this home is on the market. Would you like this?

1Let’s start with the color. Poor, poor choice. Can you picture yourself relaxing in the garden tub in this bathroom? No, too much energy in this green.

2Why the two tone? Again, I haven’t seen or suggested choosing color like this in a very long time. As a matter of fact, I’ve been suggesting to remove chair rails from the room in order to make the room appear larger. Sometimes chair rails just chop up the room too much. For larger, formal rooms such as the dining or living room fine but for the bathroom, no. Plus, there isn’t even a physical chair rail here, they just painted it in.

3Do the cabinets look odd to you? I can’t see it too well from the photo but it looks like they’ve been painted. This really cheapens the look of the room and is impossible to fix this. The only other choice is to repaint it one solid color instead of giving it a wood look which I’d rather see.

4Undertone. Again it’s hard to see here but look at the pinky beige tile and then at the green paint. Totally upsetting my stomach. Speaking of which, let’s say you wake up one morning feeling a little “off.” Would you want to look at this green? This bathroom so needs a calm, soothing, soft color.

5Window Treatments. Valances? Please no.


Here we have a bonus room. Again keep in mind that this home is on the market and people will be looking to purchase this. When they see that they have some painting to do – this will turn off many potential home buyers.

1Again – color. Battleship gray and lime green? Just yuk.

2Area rug. The area rug and soft are Earth-tones which is fine but it’s not even close to matching the wall color. See the light beige in the sofa? As much as I don’t like neutrals, that is the color that this home should have been painted.

3Valances again. Not only are valances dated but see the pattern on them? See the pattern on the rug? Too much!

4Furniture placement. To make the room appear larger, the sofa should have been pulled back so when you walk into this room, you’d see all the floor space that it has to offer. Here, when you walk in, the first thing you see is not only the hideous color but you’re staring a sofa that breaks up the room.

Keep in mind when you are selling a 3500 square foot home which will be in the $300,000 range depending on where you live, the LAST thing a potential homeowner wants to do is to have to paint the entire home. That will add at least $9,000 to the price – at least.

Staged homes don’t have to be boring beige. You can give it a little bit of color such as this.

Staged homes don't have to be borning

If I were in the market to buy a home and ever penny was counted, I’d be ok with this color palette. If the home was totally beige, let’s say similar to the Hallway color here, I’d have to paint. I could not live in a beige home.

So for me, I’d rather see subtle color that will go with most decor such as this palette. Here, you can have a slightly different color for each room instead of having your entire 3500 one color.

I could live with these colors for a while and would buy the home if it had this palette. 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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5 Responses to Accent Colors Gone Wrong For Staged Homes

  1. lindaglovinghome says:

    Even I had to laugh a little. I shy away from painted walls so I am by no means an expert, but your comments made me laugh because you are sooo right. My courage to paint is getting stronger thanks to you. (My color comes in fabric). Good post.

    • Donna Frasca says:

      I laughed a lot too! When I see this kind of stuff in homes I just shake my head and laugh. Have to have humor right? Plus I’m acutely blunt sometimes which adds to the humor 🙂

  2. Laurie says:

    I always recommend to anyone before they put their home on the market to make sure that paint colors are in neutral tones as that will be more attractive to potential buyers. I can definitely see the potential of having to move in and paint right away being off putting to some – not others though, just depends. Thanks for sharing!

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