You’ve heard the recommendation for selling your house quickly; you should paint in a neutral color. Lately, gray is definitely trending in and around the DC metropolitan area as both an interior and exterior color.
What’s up with gray, you ask? Gray is a color that combines elegance, style, and warmth. Gray can give you a sophisticated, refined feeling or an informal, relaxed vibe. It’s a color you can easily coordinate with many other colors, including brown, red, white, teal, orange, pink or blue. And it can look completely different depending on how the light comes into the room.
A couple of my favorite interior paint colors are Glidden’s A1836 Fossil Grey and Behr’s Toasty Gray N320-2u. For a nice exterior shade, I like to use Behr’s Silver Marlin.
Make These Choices For Selling A House Quickly
After we buy houses in Maryland, Virginia or Washington DC, when we’re renovating them, we strive for a beautiful cohesive, designer look. However, we still follow the “KISS” technique and keep things neutral and simple. Aside from gray paint, here are a few other trending design choices we employ to ensure our homes appeal to the broadest range of buyers and result in a quick and profitable sale.
Buyers these days are strongly gravitating to light or all white kitchens. White kitchen cabinetry, as well as light colored countertops, are in demand. Dark cherry cabinetry is no longer a sign of a luxurious, high-end home, nor is it a buyer’s first choice. And as I’ve mentioned before, stainless steel appliances are all the rage now too.
Hardwood flooring has made a huge comeback. It’s surprising how many homes we purchase where we find original hardwood floors under the carpeting. We’ve even found solid hardwood floors in perfect condition under laminate flooring. If we do need to install new hardwood floors, we opt for the 5” plank. The wider plank is becoming more prevalent and makes even a house in the lower to mid-range price look like a higher end home.
Depending on the floor color and style of the house, we often paint our pre-existing banisters and railings with a semi-gloss black and the spindles and risers in a semi-gloss white. This combination gives the home a distinctive, designer look. It’s especially striking with ebony stained hardwood floors.
When the budget allows, we complete the homes with chrome fixtures and marble bathrooms. Homes finished with this combination, along with the other trending design decisions discussed here, fly off of the market with multiple offers.
Hopefully, this article answers some of your questions about how to incorporate the latest design trends when preparing your house for selling quickly. It’s safe to say that using a combination of these choices when preparing your home for sale can certainly help you sell it faster and more profitably.
Tracy Kay Griffin is a member of Express Homebuyers Design Team. She was the Series Designer for HGTV’s “Get It Sold,” a Guest Designer for HGTV’s ” My First Place” and the Lead Stager for Washington DC’s premier staging company, Red House Staging & Interiors.