Classic, or Fad?  For a few years in a row, grey has been a popular, trending 'go-to' color for both interior and exterior updating when prepping a home to sell. Photos can be found in abundance on sites like Pinterest with Top 10 lists of grey, or more commonly, combinations of grey and beige or 'greige'     Is it a fad, or will this trend have long term staying power?

The Approach We Recommend:  Prior to listing a home, Michael Lavigne often recommends that his clients keep in mind this simple advice when thinking about interior updates---whenever practical, use "lights, brights and neutrals" when getting your home ready to sell.  Because grey is the halfway point between white and black,it's the ultimate neutral color. And although it often falls on the cool end of the color spectrum it can be warmed with undertones of beige, yielding a 'greige' effect.  

Additionally, both flooring and furniture upgrades can be utilized to bring warmth or accent to a room. If you want to lighten the overall effect, consider a half or quarter strength mix of your favorite 'greige' on three walls, and use a full strength application on the 4th wall for an accent.    

Our Advice On This Particular Home:   Here's one example of how we worked with a recent client to update their color scheme prior to selling, changing from tan and beige to 'greige' and white.  In this particular home, we contrasted with new French White Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring in a walnut finish for warmth. The flooring was chosen in part because it was speckled with faint touches of grey, which tied in with the new 'greige' wall color.

We suggested Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist as a primary color, using a half-strength formula on three walls, and a full strength formulation on the 4th wall for an accent-wall effect.    The window trim, baseboard, and fireplace finishes were optimized with Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace White.  We also recommended Benjamin Moore Dove White on the ceilings for  the desired overall "light, bright and neutral" effect.  

Looking for an additional splash of color?  We used artwork, fresh flowers, plants and home accessories like pillows and candles for light touches with dramatic effect.

What We Accomplished For This Seller:   Michael Lavigne Real Estate Services listed this home for $2,395,000 and we Sold! it in 7 Days with multiple offers for $2,495,000

How We Can Help You!  Thinking about selling, or want to search for a home to purchase, so you too can LiveLoveMontereyBay?  Contact Michael Lavigne at m[email protected]livelovemontereybay.com for a free, no-obligation consultation.