An interior expert has revealed the top 5 colors to avoid at all costs when decorating your home.
Having a fresh coat of paint can certainly impress potential buyers and can even increase the value of your home – but not all colors, no matter how trendy, are good for sellers.
Some, it turns out, can actually devalue the property.
With social media going crazy with earthy tones, green has become all the rage lately.
However, some shades of green are best avoided – dark and medium greens being those.
“Colors that blend into the surrounding foliage as it may look unappealing,” the expert explained.
“They also make it difficult for potential buyers to notice your home.”
Instead, she suggested, try incorporating deeper greens by adding porch accents and living things.
“Plants can accentuate the lighter shades of your walls,” Zoe added.
If you’re considering putting your home on the market, dark brown is another no-no.
The reason dark brown is so unappealing as a wall color, according to the professional, is that people often associate this color with “dirt.”
She continued: ”It can clash with wooden furniture and make a room look dull. ”
If you like a rich, natural color palette, brown is always good – but be sure to choose softer shades as they are a good alternative when paired with muted gray colors.
Much like darker shades of green, its brighter cousin is also known to decrease home value.
”Whereas they [neon colours] stand out, they may be unattractive to others and are more likely to clash with your furniture.
For homeowners who want a more vibrant shade of green, Zoe recommended opting for “soft sage on a feature wall.”
“Ideally the one you see when you first walk into the room.”
Some love it and some hate it, yellow has always been a controversial color in interior design.
But while some might find it cheerful, Zoe said it could easily put off potential buyers – the shade of yellow is key here.
Soft pastel yellows are usually fine, but the expert says it’s in your best interest to steer clear of the brightest yellow, which “can be overwhelming in your home.”
As an alternative, she suggested trying a rich ocher hue paired with white, “a toned down version of the cheerful palette.”
Black, like yellow, is another color that divides opinions in every household.
But if you’re one of those who love it, it might be time to rethink your choices.
While black has become the go-to for many living rooms, Zoe suggested using it only for small areas.
”Black is best for small accents such as shutters, for the desired dramatic effect.”
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