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Modern neutrals can clinch the home sale

(NC) A fresh coat of paint can work wonders to update the look and feel of your home. That's one reason why taking up the brush and roller is often a recommended upgrade when selling. And when it comes to colour, more often than not, your real estate agent will recommend neutral hues.

“The reason we recommend neutrals is that we want prospective homebuyers to picture themselves living in the home,” says Carla Bouchard, a broker with Royal LePage Metro. “A pallet that is too strong may not be to everyone's taste – and yet today's neutrals are giving us many more options beyond the typical beige.”

Bouchard points out that neutrals today have a lighter touch with a slight shift toward pastels. These colours are popping up in textiles, counter tops and carpets, and can be a great compliment to furnishings and art. She recommends the following tactics to choose paint colours to rejuvenate your surroundings and do the heavy lifting should you decide to sell your home:

Select a shade drawn from prominently displayed artwork, accessory or furnishings. Doing so will ensure that your home is one step closer to 'show time' if and when you decide to sell.

Consider adjacent rooms. Think about how your chosen colour will interact with adjacent rooms. Strive for complimentary hues from a colour wheel to provide natural flow from room to room.

Consider what time of day the room will be most often used. While you may be tempted to paint a basement room a bright sunny yellow, if the room is to be used most often in the evening, hues of blue, green or gray may be more appropriate.

Bring home a paint sample or oversized paint chip. Make an informed choice and consider how it looks in your room, and under various lighting conditions, before you commit.

More information on enhancing and preparing your home for sale can be found at

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