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Don’t be the pink house

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Everyone has that one home in the neighbourhood, the pink one. You know, that home that leaves you with feelings of confusion, introspection and even a weird kind of awe – “Where did this paint come from, and what made the homeowner decide to use it all over their home?!”

It’s all good and well if it’s your pink home and you love it, but chances are your neighbours aren’t as impressed, neither will potential buyers be should you want to sell.

Repainting is one of the easiest ways to spruce up a property and give it a much needed makeover, however, choosing a colour can be a challenge. Avoid falling into the ‘Blue House Trap’, and rather stick with neutral, muted and natural tones.

Richard Smith, manager of Pam Golding Properties’ Hyde Park office, says that in addition to making the property more marketable, the trend is visually enticing and fashionable.

“Neutral colours can add elegance and sophistication to any property and also provide a feeling of calm and serenity. Rather steer clear of bright and saturated colours as they are more personal and particularly subjective,” he adds. “Strong colours that do not appeal to a prospective buyer may negatively affect the perception of the home and ultimately a buyer’s decision.”

Even if you don’t plan on selling anytime soon, and want to turn your home into a space reflective of you, it is important to keep in mind that by using subdued neutral colours you give potential buyers more of a blank canvas to work with, making it easier for them to picture themselves living in the home.

Design elements to add your individual touch

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Textures

Using textures that resemble natural elements like stone, wood, cement, sand and foliage will transform your property into a tactile journey while creating a sense of individualism and uniqueness.

Bolder focal points

Since your home will have a muted overall tone you will enjoy more freedom to experiment with interesting décor elements for your interiors. The interiors are less likely to become too busy.

Let your furniture and décor steal the show

Bright furniture in the living room, bold and colourful wall art in the bedrooms and rich variegated splash backs in the kitchen are only a few ways to give an edge to the interior of a home without impacting negatively on the property’s marketability.

Max out on the neutrals

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Just because you are opting for natural, more muted and neutral tones does not mean you can just go ahead and slap it on. Here are some valuable tips to help you ensure that your home gets the most from your paint job.

#1: White is considered a bright colour due to it being so reflective. Instead opt for beige or light grey.

#2: Don’t be tempted to use more than three colours in a single space and stay within one colour family.

#3: Grey is seen as a common denominator within colour families. It can darken or lighten an area with ease and has the ability to make colour pop. If you need one more colour in your palette and you are stuck, chances are that a shade of grey will solve your problem.

#4: Capitalise on the interest that can be created by using accent walls. On one wall use a darker or lighter tone of the main colour you chose. This will add depth and space to a room.

#5: To create synergy throughout the property’s interior, make sure that you have a unifying element that brings your colours together. This element can range from wall art to a piece of furniture that contains most of the colours in the room.

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