2019 Top 5 Paint Colors To Sell Your Home

2019 Top 5 Paint Colors To Sell Your Home

Trends in paint colors for getting your house ready to sell come and go just like any other design trend.  Sellers have been covering up their beige walls with gray for several years now.  The popular colors were dark cooler grays and dark taupes like Revere Pewter.  The colder darker colors are definitely out.  People got tired of dark gray walls.  Especially on cold dark nights where the shadows from the lack of sun light made dark cold walls seem even darker if that’s possible.

When you’re selling your house, the walls should be neutral.  Neutral walls is the canvas like an artist’s canvas to create a masterpiece.  Its the backdrop to add the décor and accessories which will add pizzazz to the home.

The trending paint colors for 2019 is still gray, but the gray is much lighter than before.  Cool grays are lighter, and the warmer grays (greige as they have become known as) are lighter too.  White & soft creams are a close second to the grays.  Especially in new builds and commercial spaces, white is becoming the new trend. Grays are more popular in some areas, whereas white in newer neighborhoods are popular.  That’s why it’s important to go to open houses in your neighborhood so you will know the trends.  Why You Need to Go to Open Houses in Your Neighborhood.

But you can’t blindly pick a gray or greige that you like without taking the floors, specifically carpets, furniture & kitchen cabinetry into consideration.  One house I staged had dated beige carpets that were in good condition, and oak kitchen cabinets.  The painter used a cool medium gray on the walls because cool gray is popular.  The clash of a a dated warm beige carpet was no match for a medium cool gray.  The room felt “off” no matter how great the furniture looked in the room.

Let’s take a look at the current trends and what would work best for your home:

2019 Top 5 Paint Color Choices:

BEST LIGHT GRAY

 

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Benjamin Moore Pale Oak OC-20

Pale Oak is becoming a favorite color among sellers and home owners alike. It has enough warmth in the gray family to keep it from looking too cold and sterile.  Pale Oak however, can look like a different color in various rooms & areas in your house.  It can look greige in one room and a cool gray in another area depending upon the time of day, the amount of sun a room has or lack thereof.  Its best to test this color out to make sure that it coordinates with your furniture, flooring, and cabinetry in your home.

BEST GREIGE

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Benjamin Moore OC-41 French Canvas

What is greige?  “Greige” is a color that is a warm gray.  A cross between beige and gray thus the name “greige”.  It’s a great neutral that will work with most types of furnishings and spaces.  It’s a safe color to choose for staging your home.  Especially if you have a mix of “cool” and “warm” colored furniture, textiles &  fixtures.  French Canvas is in Benjamin Moore’s off-white collection and is the perfect blend of gray & beige.

BEST WHITE

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Benjamin Moore OC-17 White Dove

Benjamin Moore’s White Dove is in the white collection.  It is a soft warm white with creamy undertones and a slight hint of greige.   It’s a great color if you’re using it for your walls.  White is a popular staging color especially among new construction.  This white won’t come across stark like Simply White could on walls.

The house  looks clean and fresh when white is used, but its so important that the staging of the home is done properly.  Otherwise the home could potentially come across as cold.

BEST VERY LIGHT BEIGE

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Benjamin Moore OC-40 Albescent

Albescent is in the off-white family of Benjamin Moore paints.  Its a soft beige and is a versatile and sophisticated color that will be a great backdrop for paintings and accessories to show off a house’s best features. It works well with warm tones like beige furniture, beige carpets, oak flooring or oak cabinets.  This color would have been perfect for the house that I staged that had dated beige carpeting, and oak kitchen cabinets that I spoke of at the beginning of this post.

BEST MEDIUM GRAY

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Benjamin Moore HC-171 Wickham Gray

For those that have cool colored floors, fixed cool elements like stainless steel appliances and fixtures,  or gray furniture, Benjamin Moore’s Wickham Gray is a “cool” gray that is light and neutral.  It will create the perfect backdrop for artwork and accessories. It is the darkest I would go in a gray to stage your home.

BEST CEILING, TRIM & CABINETRY COLORS

 

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OC-65 Chantilly Lace

Chantilly Lace is quickly becoming a fan favorite among designers & home owners alike. Chantilly Lace is a “pure white” because it has no tint added to it.  It’s perfect for doors & trim but many would find it too stark for walls or cabinetry.  There are better white options for walls & cabinetry.

 

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CC-40 Cloud White

Cloud White is one of those whites that have been around forever.  It stands the test of time.  Its cloudy, thus the name, cloud white.  The slightly stronger yellow undertone makes this warm white suitable for trim, walls, ceiling and cabinetry.

 

 

 

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OC-117 Simply White

Benjamin Moore’s Simply White was the Color of the Year 2016.  It’s popular because its both a bright and warm white at the same time making it very versatile.  Its often used for doors & trim, but due to its warm yellow undertones, it looks great on walls as well and creates that perfect canvas to decorate & stage your home.

 

 

 

DESIGNER TIP:

NEVER PICK PAINT COLORS FROM A COMPUTER

Colors are never 100% accurate from a computer! Paint looks different on different walls depending on the time of day that the light is shining into the room or not, and also what direction your window faces i.e. north, south, east or west. The best way to choose color is to get the color chips from a store and hang them on the wall.   Once you have narrowed down your selection to one or two paint colors, go and spend $5-8 on a small can of paint and paint 2 posters – one for each paint color.  Put your newly painted posters up on different walls and different times of the day to see what color shows off your home and complements its features best.

This post has been updated to current 2019 Top 5 Paint Colors

Alot of readers have asked about Sherwin Williams colors as they are not near a Benjamin Moore store.  Most Sherwin William dealers can mix the equivalent into a SW color.

 

Related Posts:

Why You Need to go to Open Houses in Your Neighborhood

 

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Welcome! I’m Debi Collinson. Designer. Stager. House Flipper & Real Estate Investor. In 2006, at the request of a realtor/friend, I staged my very first home.  Staging houses was just starting to become popular. I watched every staging show on HGTV that I could find. I was very nervous staging my first house, but the sellers liked their newly redesigned home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price.  I went back to design school and have never looked back. Since 2006, I have been staging, designing, and buying “fixer uppers” either to sell for a healthy profit or to rent them out

COMMENTS

  • Avatar <cite class="fn">Jill McCagherty</cite>

    The Benjamin Moore store in my neighborhood doesn’t sell samples or even quarts! You buy a gallon and if it’s not the right color you’re stuck with it. We live in a small community of 25,000 people. Everyone raves about how helpful the store is but the owner talked me into a colour I really didn’t like for my revenue suite because “everybody was using it”. When you can go to Home Depot or Lowe’s and get samples I don’t see that the customer service at our Benjamin Moore store is very good. Is this standard for their stores?

    • Avatar <cite class="fn">Debi Collinson</cite>

      Benjamin Moore are usually very good with customer service. They are privately owned and not corporately owned. Perhaps you should try another store. It sounds like you have great success at Home Depot or Lowes.

  • Avatar <cite class="fn">Debbie Braun</cite>

    Very informative! I will be selling in the spring. I live in an open concept, white kitchen , vaulted ceiling. I would like to know if revere pewter or Edgecomb grey would be ok with dark brown leather furniture that has some red undertones I can’t afford new furniture but really need a neutral paint Color
    Floors are rustic looking
    I really like revere pewter but maybe too dark
    Thanks in advance

  • Avatar <cite class="fn">Danielle Eilender</cite>

    I like these colors, however, it looks like a commercial for Benjamin Moore..What are the equivalent paints at Sherwin Williams??? I agree with a previous comment mentioning the fact that contractors often only include BW in their bids for a job. Estimates from FEMA (Houston … Harvey) barely cover the cost of SW, definitely not BM…
    Thank you for giving us suggestions about SW paints.

    • Avatar <cite class="fn">Debi Collinson</cite>

      Hi Danielle – thanks for your feedback. The post is not meant to be an ad for Benjamin Moore – lol. Alot of painters like BM and some homeowners say they are not near a Sherwin Williams store. I will do a post this month for Sherwin Williams colors. Thanks for your feedback Danielle. I really appreciate it!!!

  • Avatar <cite class="fn">Brooke Hansen</cite>

    Hi Debi.

    Love this post. I have been trying to pick a new paint color for the exterior of our home for it feels like years. I too think Gray is on it’s way out and have been looking at Greigs and they are either to plain Jane, too pink, too purple etc. Do you have any suggestions for a clean warm coastal exterior color pallet. We live in Santa Barbara, CA. Our house is wood and stucco. Our interior is Coastal Modern. Blues, White, Sisal. Thank you for your brilliance! Brooke

    • Avatar <cite class="fn">Debi Collinson</cite>

      Hi Brooke – I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. It’s really hard to pick colors without seeing pictures. I do color consults. Please email me for my rates and how the process works! Thanks for your kind comments!

  • Avatar <cite class="fn">Cyndia Moore</cite>

    Wish you had colors for Sherwin Williams. That’s all the painters here want to use, since that’s the local store, and they have to drive to a nearby town to get Benjamin Moore paint.

  • Avatar <cite class="fn">Karen</cite>

    Enjoyed this post!
    Can you comment on exteriors?

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