Surprise! It is NOT gray in any way, shape or form. Please stop using gray in the home! Gray needs to be sent back to the cemetery where it belongs not in the holistic home where people are living, enjoying life, trying to be healthy and working really hard on self-healing. So what color is highly recommended by me, a Holistic designer and one who is extremely sensitive to color and how it feels in the home? Come see.
Sure you can Google “What is the best color for a staged home” and you’ll find a variety of colors to choose from. There will be grays in just about every shade and tone – go right over those. You’re probably wondering what my beef is with gray right? Well while we are on the subject, I’ll tell you.
There are so many reasons why gray is NOT the color you should put in your home I’m going to list them in bullets.
• It’s a depressing color no matter what undertone it is. People with depression and color sensitivity will pick up on this and will continue not to ever feel comfortable in their home. I know, I’ve gotten a boat-load of emails about this very subject.
• Gray does not have any holistic appeal whatsoever. It’s lifeless and again, even the so-called “warm grays” are just one step above mud. Just because you add yellow to a color doesn’t make it appealing. Look at the overall hue and note how it feels. It seems that when people paint their home a warm gray, the rest of the decor is also some type of gray because it’s hard to match up a color correctly. Who wants to live in an all-gray house?
• The cool grays are just that. Just looking at a cool gray or a gray that has a blue undertone, makes me feel like I’m touching a tombstone on a winters day. Do you want THAT imagery in your home? No. Not ever.
• The other BIG problem about gray is the person picking the color for you. If you hired a paint contractor to stage your home, they don’t’ know about color, they just paint. Unless they have a professional Stager on board, they are just picking a gray and I’ve seen it time and time again, it’s the wrong gray. Take a look for yourself. Go to a popular real estate website and look at the homes. Many of them have gray right? Does it feel right? No. Does it look right? No. Does it fight with the undertones of the woods in the house? YES! One of the major problems with gray is that when a cool gray is chosen for the home, it will fight tooth and nail with just about every flooring, countertop, and tile in the home. Why? Because most of the bones of our homes are designed with warm undertones. Cool grays are on the opposite end of the spectrum and your eyes will let you know. If not your eyes, your senses will pick up on the offenses and you’ll just “feel” that this home is not for you.
There are many choices to consider when you are staging your home. These colors vary from white, beige off whites, creams, even light blues and greens as long as they are muted and not too saturated but that is a whole new color topic.
So what color would I recommend? There really are so many but I only recommend a color if I live it, see it, feel it or use it for a client’s home. What color is it? It’s Light Raffia by Valspar. I have this color in the hallways of my home and yes it’s a warm neutral that coordinates with all the warm colors in my home. I can just see all the paint contractors running to Lowe’s now to stock up on this color, you’re welcome.