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Home Staging Tip-Neutral Doesn't Have to Be Boring.

Home Staging Tip-Neutral Doesn’t Have to Be Boring.

Sometimes I see extremes when viewing homes for staging. On the one office space-beforehand are homes that haven’t seen a color they didn’t like! But more often than not, I’ve been seeing homes that took neutral far too seriously.

Neutral doesn’t have to be boring!  It’s taken years to convince home sellers that painting every room white is NOT what you want to do. But some houses seem to go overboard with neutral ie.beige.  

Focus on why stagers and real estate agents suggest a neutral palatte when selling your house.

 It’s not to make everything look bland.  But it’s all about finding a happy middle ground that will appeal to the majority of buyers.

Choosing neutral colors will allow your buyers to see your space and see all of the possibilities it holds for them.

office space- virtual colorHowever, neutral doesn’t have to be boring. In the photo at left, I added color virtually with an app and added art via Ribbet to show the seller what could be done.

What to do?

1.Work with your agent or home stager to see if your color palate will help or hinder your home sale.  If someone tells you just to paint everything white, smile and walk the other way. There are so many different neutrals that can warm a room and give it depth.

2.Once you pick your color, let it run throughout the house.  Remember you’re selling your house and hope to broaden the range of possible buyers.  Accent walls?  Talk to your stager first.

I’ve often had the paint company cut the color in half if I wanted to add some variation to the color.

3.Start adding pops of color.  

You can add some pops of color with throw pillows; a painted piece of furniture; artwork; a lamp … use your imagination.

add pops of colorSome people will follow this rule of thumb- if you add a coral pillow, for example, repeat that color at least 2 more times in the room.  They can also be variations of that color.

While you are adding color, don’t forget to keep the basic principle of staging your home in mind- you do not want to want to make the buyer do the eye bounce by having too much or too many of anything.

4.Let nature help.

Adding a tall plant in the corner adds height, color, and depth.  A single orchid in your master bath takes it from just a bathroom to an elegant spa.


Neutral doesn’t have to be boring! Help your buyers see the possibilities of your space with color!


 Kathy Streib 

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Comment balloon 30 commentsKathy Streib • August 25 2015 05:25PM


Good morning Kathy. Great title and a terrific and informative post to boot.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 5 years ago

Kathy, when in doubt seek the advice of an experienced stager! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kathy.  Nice job of highlighting why you should be called to stage a home.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 5 years ago

Amazing how that single picture makes all the difference in the room - you are awesome! and Gabe Sanders is absolutely right- you should be called to stage a home! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) almost 5 years ago

Good morning, Kathy -- smart idea to virtually ease certain clients into making the right decision when it comes to properly and effectively staging their home for sale.   Good post.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 5 years ago

BARFF, you are right on the money with this post.  Neutral does not have to be boring and pops of color add just the right amount of pizazz.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 5 years ago

Kathy you are always providing such great tips on staging, your picture proves the point.

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) almost 5 years ago

I believe that a neutral decor is good for homes for sale. 

It permits the buyers to focus on the house and not be distracted by that RED WALL.

Neutral needs only one royal blue pillow to detract from the spacial image of the room.

Keep it neutral.  The listing agnet can decorate their own home.

I've shown homes where the BUYERS can only recall the decor and not the features of the house for sale. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Perfect, I agree most clients picture their furniture in the home and by keeping it neutral is a good thing.

Posted by Donald Urschalitz, P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County (Lubeck Realty Group) almost 5 years ago

Kathy Streib Great job. Another chapter in your book.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Good Morning Kathy,  great advice.  Adding pops of color with pillows and other items help show the possibilities of the home while allowing the buyer to feel they can use their color choices for the same warm results.  Adding color this way helps the buyer see they don't have to repaint (translation,  time and money) when they move in.

Posted by Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az (Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Kathy, another great post for home sellers to follow. Some people do not have a creative bone in their body, that's when they must get an advice from a reputable home stager. Hope this post gets featured!

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) almost 5 years ago

I love this many think it is just white walls and neutral everything

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kathy Streib Great tips on curb appeal with adding colour to a room. No need to paint a whole wall or walls with a strong colour like blue or pumpkin. I remember not to long ago when it was popular to paint solid colours through out a house. I thought at the time painting just one wall would have accomplished the same. Now we hardly see this decor. How times change, white is better in my option the off whites or beige everywhere. Maybe one wall?

Cheers, have a fun and successful day!

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) almost 5 years ago


Great tips, and you are right there are so many neutrals.  One my faves in Restoration Hardware's (now RH) silver sage color.  It has a pop, and still stays in the neural zone.  I like how you illustrated it with you app.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 5 years ago

There's neutral and then there's just plain washed out. I love cool blue neutrals in bathrooms and bedrooms and there are some great greys out there now!

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) almost 5 years ago

Hi Sheila- I am so tired of seeing beige! Sheila Anderson 

Wayne- thank you!  A good source is also your local paint store if there isn't a stager or color specialist nearby. Wayne Martin 

Gabe- well, that would be nice!!! Gabe Sanders 

Lise- it drew your eye there didn't it! Lise Howe 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Michael- I have a great app on my phone!  Love it. Michael Jacobs 

BARFF- seeing a boring beige house is like listening to an out of tune instrument. Roger D. Mucci 

David- Thank you.  Pictures are great teachers. David Popoff 

Lenn- you bet.  You want buyers to see your space! Lenn Harley 

Donald- what happens is that the buyer focuses on the color, wondering what in the world the seller was thinking when choosing that color.  They forget to look at the possibilities of the house! Donald Urschalitz 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Bill- ok! I get the hint!!! Bill Roberts 

Shirley- precisely!  Move-in ready is a top consideration these days. ! Shirley Coomer 

Beth- thank you!  And some are still in the "if they don't like it, they can always change the color when they move in" camp.   Beth Atalay 

Kristin- white walls are about as boring as you could possibly get unless strategically decorated by a professional. Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647 

Fred- I see all white walls when people moved into a new home and did nothing.  They can be so cold and unimaginative.   Fred Carver 


Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Alexandra- I love to see colors used for neutrals.  I consulted on a high rise on Highland Beach that had beautiful deep green walls.  The seller was relieved when I said that they would work once they removed some of the wallpaper.  The condo got a tremendous amount of light so the dark walls were beautiful. And thankfully they removed the paper. Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Nicole- exactly.  We did one master bedroom in a beautiful soft sage green.  It was so peaceful!  Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Kathy just a little pop of color can make a big difference. We use color specifically for pictures as they POP out more online than plain old boring neutral. Very nice post!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) almost 5 years ago

Excellent advice!  Easier said than done though for many people. It really does take an eye and sometimes fresh eyes are really what's needed to get the best result.  Your eyes would be a good choice!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kathy - You're right. When it's done correctly, the neutral base is a perfect setting for making the interesting things visible and compelling.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 5 years ago

Neutral indeed does not have to be boring. I love earthtones and I really dislike white walls.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 5 years ago

I think neutral is always the way to go, as the majority of buyers will like it because it becomes a blank slate for their own creativity!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) almost 5 years ago


Your tips are right on point . . . . to stage a home . . . . to be sold.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 5 years ago

Kathy I am glad to here "Neutral doesn't have to be boring!"   That means there might still be some hope for me :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Kathy.  When we bought our homes last yer the whole thing was painted that beige color.  Haven't had time to add some color to it.  Sigh

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Kathy. You are right, but I like accents as often as possible just to give plan some pizazz.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kathy.  It is the little accents that bring color to the staged home.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) almost 5 years ago

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