Is the color white the only ‘neutral’?

In the 18 years I have been in real estate helping buyers and sellers, this is the most common question I get asked.

What does neutral really mean? Is is all white or vanilla walls? The answer is a resounding, “No”!

You want your home to exude warmth and vanilla walls do not create a warm feeling. The colors you choose in the majority of rooms do not even have to be the typical ‘beige or white’. (And I will add that there is nothing negative about these colors; however, consider yourself forewarned as beige or tan can look gray, pink, yellow and green.)

The popular colors that can be neutral are soft white, taupes, grays, blues and greens. What you don’t want to end up with is a different color in every room creating a ‘Crayola’ look. If the main rooms in your home are a soft taupe, white or gray, you can paint a couple of rooms using a sea-foam blue or green (or even other ‘pops’ of color). So much depends on the color of your woodwork, if your woodwork is painted or stained and the amount of light that comes into your home. Equally important is the color of your flooring and furniture.

Before I painted in my own home, I tried several patches of paint on the walls in a room and experienced the color through-out the day. Colors look very different in the morning vs. at night. I remember picking up a sample color at the store thinking it was the exact color I had in mind only to paint a sample on the wall and hating it! It might cost a little more buying sample quarts to try on the walls but it is so worth it!

In the end, I contacted a favorite designer who is a color ‘expert’, in addition to being very talented in all areas of design. She is well worth the cost as the color of your walls are the ‘backdrop’ for your rooms. While I know Columbus has many interior designers, my ‘go to’ one is Tanya Ash. Tanya is down to earth and easy to work with. I first saw her work in a home I sold in Tartan West that was over $850,000. The sellers had involved Tanya during the building process. The house was just beautiful and sold in 37 days (very close to asking price) during a very tough market in 2010. (

I welcome your comments or questions any time……







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