Shades of Change: 3 Color Palettes for Selling Your Home

Shades of Change: 3 Color Palettes for Selling Your Home

Jul 25, 2016
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(Image credit: Christine Han)

Whether you're upsizing, downsizing or just seeking greener pastures, selling your home can be an emotional experience. Think back to the first time you saw your new place: It felt like a fresh start, a place where you could see yourself and your family growing together. Once you've grown, it's your turn to give that feeling to someone else, all over again. We created three palettes with Glidden® colors that will make great first impressions when you open the doors to potential buyers who'll see themselves as the home's next residents.

Painting helps you set the stage for showings and open houses, so it's important to choose something that's durable enough to withstand lots of through-traffic, and has enough personality to be memorable. Yet, you'll want a paint that's easy enough to apply so you can get the job done with minimum hassle and headaches. We've found Glidden Diamond™ does a great job of these dual tasks.

Why we love Glidden Diamond

It's a great value.
It's a high-performing paint with a lifetime guarantee — but starts at just $23.98 a gallon.

It's durable.
Its scrubbable, stain-resistant formula made of 100% acrylic is ideal for high-traffic, high-moisture rooms.
It's a paint & primer in one.
Fewer coats = more time for family fun.

Each of these looks is tailored to the kitchen, the room that has the most impact on selling your home. We went for neutral tones but avoided the bland-beige palette that can prevent a space from feeling like a real home that people can see themselves in. Check out our ideas, then vote on your favorite below. Maxwell chimes in with his own favorite at the bottom — but no peeking!

Happiness Is Homemade

Background: Italianate Villa Green 50GY 74/073
Accent: Swan White 98YY 82/022
Best For: Homemade vintage charm

The soft sage of Italianate Villa Green is great for making a small space feel larger. It also adds crispness to trim and cabinets painted in Swan White. Without a contrasting shade, white can feel flat, so use a neutral background color to add depth. This palette is perfect for vintage-, cottage-, or farmhouse-style kitchens. Just put an apple pie in the oven (some friendly influencing), simmer some cinnamon, and watch the offers roll in!

(Image credit: Christine Han)

Moving Day

Background: White on White 30GY 88/014
Accent: Misty Summer Day 60YY 75/108
Best For: Crisp, classic polish

It's hard to go wrong with classic materials like marble, brass and white ceramic. To choose the right white, look for something that complements your cabinets, floors, or counters. This palette pulls from the kitchen's materials: Walls in White on White play up the gray-toned marble vein, while a Misty Summer Day trim brings out the marble's soft, sandy tones. Decorate with vases full of hydrangeas, a few brass accents, and you're set to sell!

(Image credit: Christine Han)

Tea Time

Background: Urban Grey 50RR 54/018
Accent: Evening Light 50BB 72/045
Best For: Modern city style

This look is perfect for a more modern kitchen, and it lends itself well to white or wood cabinets, stone counters and stainless steel appliances. Both Urban Grey and Evening Light lean slightly lavender, which can feel very tailored, like a linen suit with a subtle lavender-gray tint. Warm this cool, classic look up with natural linens, and set out a pot of freshly brewed tea and simple snacks for buyers to snack on while they sign the papers.


Maxwell's Pick:

Tea Time

"A neutral paint color will help potential home buyers imagine themselves living in the space, but neutrals don't need to be boring. Urban Grey is an elegant choice that will bring character to any kitchen. Glidden Diamond's durability is great for a high-traffic space like a kitchen."

–Maxwell Ryan, founder of Apartment Therapy

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