There is a saying that your never get a second chance to make a first impression. This especially holds true when people are viewing your home as a possible purchase. Ask any home stager and a common area that is beautifully decorated and has an eye-appealing color scheme will attract more attention than a dull, out of date room. One of the most simply ways of changing the first impression of your home is with a fresh coat of paint and Myrtle Beach Painter is here to help.
A home that looks polished and put together will make a potential buyer view your house as their home. By making your home brighter and more appealing with a professional custom paint application you home will sell much more quickly.
People want to look at homes where they can see themselves living. They don’t want to stress about what the home “could” like with a fresh coat of paint. Because people have different tastes, you want to steer clear of bright or off-beat colors. You can add a splash of color to brighten up the room with accessories such as pillows, lamp shades and flowers.
What colors of paint are best for selling a home?
Myrtle Beach Painter recommends that you use a taupe or eggshell white. These are soothing colors that create a relaxed atmosphere. A potential buyer will walk throughout your home and they won’t be distracted by the color of the paint on the walls but get more of a feel for the home as a good place for them and their family. Although Tuscany colors have been popular in the last few years, these colors would pull the eye of a buyer to the walls instead of the overall layout of the home.
Have you ever noticed how that new car smell makes you feel good? A fresh coat of paint can do the same for the interior of your home. It implies that the home is well taken care of and can mask unpleasant odors such as pet or smoking smells. Of course a fresh coat of paint can only go so far and if the odor persists you will want to either have your home and/or carpet professionally cleaned. A real estate agent recently told me that one of the reasons new homes sell faster than existing home is the smell – a fresh coat of paint can give you that “new” home smell.
If you are concerned with sticking with one paint color throughout the house, you can change the effect of different rooms by changing the texture. Let’s discuss the basics of choosing the right shade for your interior painting project.
Matte finishes don’t reflect the light and are often considered to be a more warm and comfortable finish. Because they are not slippery, they don’t tend to wash well and should be used in rooms with low traffic areas. Matte finishes are often used in living rooms and formal dining rooms. If you are remodeling an older home, matte finishes are great for minimizing those imperfections in the walls caused by age because they reflect the light rather than drawing the light to the wall.
Flat enamel finishes give the look of a matte finish; however, it is more washable. This makes it a great choice for family rooms or bedrooms where there is more traffic but you want the light deflected off the walls. One downside to flat enamel is that it does contain strong chemicals and can give off an odor for several days.
Eggshell finishes have a slight gloss much like the outside of an egg (I guess that is where it got its name.) This finish is easier to clean because it has a slight gloss. This is also a good choice for formal dining rooms and sunrooms or Carolina rooms.
Satin finishes have more of a shine than an eggshell finish and therefore, they are an easy finish to keep clean. They are usually the finish of choice for kitchens and game or bonus rooms. They are a great finish for that billiard room over the garage where you want to entertain.
Semi-gloss finishes have high durability and sheen and are the best finish selection for keeping the surface clean. They are often used on doors and trim and are a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms.
Gloss finishes are the highest end of light reflection and are usually not selected for interior walls because they will show the imperfections in the wall. However, of all the paint choices, gloss finishes are the most durable and should be considered for floors (such as a garage floor), trim or doors.
A lighter color of paint will make a room look wider and brighter. Lighter colors will open up the space and let the potential buyer use their imagination and see the possibilities. You want them to be thinking “Wow, there is a lot of space in this room. I can see myself living comfortably in this space.” You want them to imagine their own color schemes without trying to live with colors you have selected.
Stop and think about what you look for in a home. I am sure that you want a well maintained and fresh look and smelling home. This will be more appealing to a potential buyer. Consider how a fresh coat of paint could go a long way to creating a positive influence on a potential buyer.
Contact your Myrtle Beach Painter today to discuss how a fresh coat of paint can improve your home.
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