Help with paint color?


Hi I need help please, my house is currently on the market. My realtor suggested to Paint the walls a neutral but with so many grays and greigs out there I am overwhelmed. Can you please tell me what your thoughts are? I have picked out Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray just thinking that the blue undertones would complement the tile on the backsplash which are blues but not sure if it’s going to be too much blue against the oak trim and cabinets. The carpets are being changed out to a beige Thank you for any advice you can give me.... Shelly

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  • Gk Gk on Aug 19, 2018

    Lazy Gray would look very nice with your trim, cabinets, etc. If you are still unsure you can buy a SW sample jug of paint in that color and try it out. I think they are about 7.00 and less if on sale.

  • Oliva Oliva on Aug 19, 2018

    Because your oak is so prominent, have you considered a sand color? You want something that compliments both the cabinets and backsplash, as well as the flooring, where it meets large wall spaces.The diningroom, room with fireplace, etc. Have small amounts of oak, so a pale blue or grey would probably work. The wall opposite the sink should be treated as part of kitchen. Lighter colors will make space appear larger. To save time, paint ceilings the same color, if you prefer. The greens you have appear darker, requiring scrubbing and a good primer to hide it, prior to painting. If the glossier photo is satin or glossier, and was oainted with oil base, you'll need to sand the surfaces prior to painting. Satin finish on ceilings will reflect more light, making them appear taller.

    Grab yourself a large handfull of color chips from the paint dept. in each color you're considering. Tape them around the room and check how they appear at various times of day before purchasing gallons of paint.

  • Dee Dee on Aug 19, 2018

    Be careful with grays, because many have a purple undertone, believe me I know I choose the wrong color TWICE. Looked great in the store and on a sample but when I painted the entire room within 2 days it looked purple. Try this color SW 6196

    Frosty White it has a blue hue.

  • Joanne lueke Joanne lueke on Aug 19, 2018

    The green has to go one way or another in my opinion. Since there is so much beige and oak in every room I would go with the griege. From personal experience I would go with a flat paint. The eggshell or semi gloss is too shiny, and will show every flaw and every scratch and bump on your walls, especially when the natural light flows in. And for sure the wallpaper border needs to go. Just my opinion as a recent homeseeker and homebuyer.

  • Pai9582734 Pai9582734 on Aug 19, 2018

    Behr Cosmic Quest would go well with this tile.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Aug 19, 2018

    I think lazy gray would look fabulous. Stay a shade or two near that or go all Lazy Gray. You want a blank canvas for a new buyer to envision their belongings against the backdrop of their new home. I so much gray makes you nervous, you could go lighter with Evening Shadow. Be sure to seal darker colors first with a product like Kilz. You can also ask for the Kilz to be tinted to the new color to save on paint.

  • Shelly Morgan Shelly Morgan on Aug 20, 2018

    Thank you everyone for the advice. As you see below 😔 I have only bought 25 samples of different colors trying to figure out the right one but I just got overwhelmed. My life has been all about paint colors the last month. Sherwin Williams is tired of seeing me. Thank God for amazing painters who have patience with my color changing I have done to them. I love Worldley Gray and Amazing gray which I (my painters) am painting my other house in that we are remodeling due to a fire but the colors are to light for this house. Greige will look dull in my opinion due to the cabinet color and beigh carpets going in so sticking with a gray with blue undertone like lazy gray I think is what I will go forward with. Definitely taking the greens and yellow out along with all the border. I am just hoping lazy gray will be ok or I may have to switch it up going lighter and darker in rooms that get a lot of light vs no light like I had to do in the other house. Worldly Gray was beigh in my master but straight gray in my other 4 bedrooms. Just so wierd how paint changes color like that. I will post both houses when we are done. Hopefully both will be on the market by Sept 1 and they sell before winter. So ready to move to the keys. ;)

  • Joanne lueke Joanne lueke on Aug 20, 2018

    Shelley Morgan- You didn't tell us you were moving to the Keys! Congratulations, and you will have to share some photos of your new place. Best wishes, and don't be a stranger to Hometalk!

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 20, 2018

    Your house is already listed, and now your realtor suggests that you paint? How long has it been on the market? Are you getting negative comments from viewers about the colors, or what is the reason the realtor is telling you to paint? The realtor is hoping to benefit with a commission from the sale - are they footing the bill for this added potential investment?

    From my personal experience in being both a seller and a buyer, even though yes, there are colour trends, it is impossible to second guess what exactly it is about a home that will clinch the sale. Also, Invariably one of the first things a new owner does is to repaint.

    Any paint job does involve time and expense on your part, and once again, there is still no guarantee that potential buyers will feel it is the 'right' colour for them.

    If the goal is to get the house sold asap, then my suggestion is to Not Paint now. Save your energy, time, and resources for your new home. Reduce the price to reflect the need to repaint (if it is necessary) get the house sold, and move on.

  • Em Em on Sep 18, 2018

    I agree with Flipturn whole heartedly. Why would you go to the expense of painting when the new owner may hate what you picked. As a former agent if you really want to go the trouble and expense of painting, paint everything white. it is a blank canvas, looks larger and looks clean. Just because all of the people above have favorite colors does not make them right. Their personal taste has nothing to do with selling the house. If a buyer complains about the colors you can negotiate a small reduction in price to pay a portion of costs for THEM to repaint.

  • Dfm Dfm on Sep 18, 2018

    my realtor suggested the paint color for my last house - vanilla ice cream. very neutral and rarely clashes with any décor. but...colors varies by region.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Sep 18, 2018

    We know all realtors say Neutral Tones, sigh.

    At this point, tell your realtor, to tell prospective buyers, “Make me an offer that reflects You (the buyer) painting it the color you want.”

    Or if your time is worth less than the hit you’re willing to take, paint it, tomorrow. If all the carpet is being replaced, buy a light switch ivory and be done with it.

    If you’re keeping some carpet, then my answer gets more complicated.

  • Debi53 Debi53 on Sep 18, 2018

    Just a suggestion: Offer a painting allowance to the buyer instead of a price reduction. If you would spend say, $5,000 to have the house painted offer this to your buyer so that they will have the funds to have the house painted. A lot of buyers spend all their money on the down payment, etc. and don't have extra funds to paint. They can then use the money to have it painted, save some by painting themselves, or pocket the money to do whatever they want. Make sure this is clearly stated in your listing. Different states have varying laws about what a seller can offer to a buyer, but your agent will or should know what you can do.

  • I was a Realtor before I started working with Dixie Belle Paint and YES, neutrals always sell best. Dixie Belle Paint has some amazing neutral colors and painting with Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral paint is super easy to do. I am attaching a picture and an easy 1, 2, 3 steps to redoing your kitchen. Good luck on selling your house quickly! - Teri