First Impressions Count: Just Two Changes Make a Big Difference

I just wanted to share a before and after of a client's home to show how much just two changes - a fresh coat of paint and a new door - can make. Although this client is fixing up their home to live in - not sell - the point is still the same. They took a house which looked outdated and a little tired and made an enormous improvement just changing those two things.

They really had their heart set on gray, but wanted me to help them choose the right one. I thought you would enjoy seeing how helpful some of the free online color choosing software is. This happens to be Personal Color Viewer from Benjamin Moore, but there are many of them out there by different paint companies. Here is the before photo of the house with three of the many shades of gray they were considering. We opted for a pale shade and selected one that was very warm in tone. You can also see that they tried out the door being painted the same cream color as the trim or being painted in a darker iron gray.

Portland House Exterior Before Painting Color software example 1

Color software example 2 Color software example 3

 

So here are the final Before and after photos of the house and also the close ups of the front door.

Portland House Exterior Before Painting

Portland House Exterior After Painting & With New Door

Front door detail before painting    New front door close up

 

The front door makes a huge difference giving the house an immediate lift to an upscale and more substantial feel. I hope you enjoyed seeing the difference that just two changes made!

Pangaea is a Portland, Oregon based Interior Designer and Professional Home Stager. If you would like help determining what changes you can make for the biggest impact, give here a call at 503.816.4394, or visit her website at Pangaea Interior Design.

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Valesca Bogard

How far the paint companies have come...Offering the access to review color choices online. Another tool to enhance a Professional Stager's service package.

November 17, 2009 04:21 PM
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Mary Lou Teague
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN
HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC

What a change...good job and I love the color and the new door...

November 18, 2009 09:59 AM
Rainer
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Pangaea Interior Design Home Stager - Redesign - Model Homes
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Margaret & Valesca - Yes, these tools are wonderful! None of them I have used require any download. They take a little practice though and some are more intuitive than others.

Deena, Gary & Mary Lou - Thank you so much.

November 18, 2009 11:14 AM
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Michelle Finnamore
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in Vaughan and Toronto GTA

Hi Pangaea, simple and effective changes that make a difference. that's the difference in hiring a professional to give you a little assist. It's much better the hit and miss method of most homeowners. How many times do we drive down a street and stare in disbelief at colour choices. Beautiful work as always.

November 18, 2009 08:06 PM
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Suzanne Metz
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Great job! This home look so much better!

November 24, 2009 09:45 AM
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