Fall is a great time to paint a house because you can throw the windows open and not positively melt from the effort. You can also hire someone, of course, but with little to no experience it’s possible to paint great looking rooms on your own. If your house is going on the market or has recently been purchased, you may find yourself in need of painting a few rooms. A few tutorials on You-Tube can point you in the right direction as far as how to paint, but the question is – what colors to paint? You have a little more freedom if you’ve bought a home and are making it your own, but if you are planning to put it on the market, be aware that all colors are not the same. Buyers are looking for colors that are fresh with a neutrality that doesn’t scream boredom – that is, they probably don’t want everything to be eggshell or white. What they do want is some character that works well with their existing furniture and décor – and that’s not an easy task to fulfill since you don’t know what it is! However, there are some colors on the palette that are striking big with buyers this year, and are definitely worth taking a look at.
Three Fresh Paint Colors Cool For Fall
- steel gray
- flax yellow
- sage green
Grays of all shades are popular in the paint industry this year, but any darker than steel and you risk a room looking a bit murky. It’s fine to go lighter, but be aware that gray can definitely take on a blue hue, which many people aren’t impressed with. When in doubt, choose a gray that leans more towards green if you’re not sure – blue is a big statement that doesn’t go well with many tastes and décor themes. Granite, smoke, fog – these are names that may have the right undertone you’re looking for. Remember that paint dries darker on a wall than it looks on a sample, so keep that in mind. True Gray is a true neutral, and you’re making a sound decision to make foyers, living rooms and hallways this shade.
Flax yellow – or anything lighter than banana or lemon – is another tried and true neutral, especially lovely for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms. It has a bit of flavor of airiness and sunshine, but anything too bright will have the opposite effect and leave people covering their eyes. The key is to know the room is yellow, but in a simplistic way, the way that light enters the room from a window, instead of a fluorescent bulb burning overhead. It should be that natural.
Sage green is loved for its neutrality – as well as its dark cousin, olive, which may be possible if the space is big enough. Sage is perfect for bedrooms, studies, dining rooms, libraries, and anywhere where the objective is to incur peace and tranquility. Sage can have gray undertones, so it pairs well with gray, and makes a nice transition from gray hallway to sage great room. There’s no need to be afraid to experiment a bit with greens, just stay away from anything crayon-ish or grass green, which will give the impression of childishness and won’t be taken seriously.
Paint choice is a serious matter – many hire a professional to do it – but armed with the right information and a few samples, you can easily pick colors that you will love and that others will love as well. When in doubt, buy a small amount, paint a half of a wall in natural light, let it dry, then step back and honestly evaluate the results. Happy painting!
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