Feature This... Staging Tip No. 3427 - Living Out of a Paper Sack is Good for You!

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Home Stager with FEATURE THIS... Real Estate Staging & Interior Decor

I don't care what you call it.



Caramel, Cafe Au Lait, Ginger Snap or Lil' Chihuahua,

if the paint on the walls can be color-matched to a paper bag,

it's probably too dark to be considered a neutral appropriate for staging in today's market.

This is especially true if the ceiling is of average height.

 

In fact, you heard it here first... the paper bag colors are passé.

Just like the delightful shades of country blue, mauve, seafoam green, and

peach dates an 80's-90's house, the paper sack look is dating the houses of the

2000's.

 

 

 

 

So, if you are trying to reset the energy

of a house for today's buyers, get outta

the sack and head toward a brighter

future and a faster sale!




 

 

~ Michelle Molinari

 

Co-Owner, Feature This... Real Estate Staging, www.FeatureThisDotDotDot.com

Certified Property Consultant (CPC) & Certified Staging Professional (CSP)

SAR Staging Instructor, Staging and Redesign, www.StagingAndRedesign.com

Lead Conceptual Designer, www.CurbAppealConcepts.com

Vice- President of Acadiana Real Estate Staging Association, www.AcadianaRESA.com

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Rainmaker
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Cathy McAlister
Sacramento DRE#00648507
Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento

It's time has come.  When you walk into the majority of fixed up properties; they almost all have this same color scheme.  Wheat, Cafe latte, sand dune, ..... that have been looking the same for awhile now.  I like the freshened up look in your photos.

December 10, 2011 01:58 AM
Rainer
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Michelle Molinari
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Thanks for commenting Cathy. Yep, it's time to let go of the latte.

 

December 10, 2011 03:20 AM
Rainmaker
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Ronald DiLalla
No. Orange Cty Real Estate
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824

Hi Michellel,  WOW, what a refreshing look....thanks for sharing with us in Active Rain Land.

December 10, 2011 03:36 AM
Rainer
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Michelle Molinari
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Thank you Ronald, and you are most welcome. I see you are an OC Realtor®. I went to La Mirada High. You made me miss California for a minute there.

 

December 10, 2011 03:45 AM
Rainmaker
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Phil Leng
Phil Leng Team - Residential Real Estate Experts &
Keller Williams Eastside Market Center

Hi Michelle,

I have gotten used to the standard look.

I like the one on the top WA"Y better than any of the three on the bottom

Phil

December 10, 2011 06:09 AM
Rainmaker
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Ginger Foust
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
Certified Staging Professional

Michelle...ohhhhh, I'm going to have a hard time letting go of some of the old standbys, but thanks for the examples and heads-up. 

December 10, 2011 10:59 AM
Rainmaker
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Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C
EXIT STAGE RIGHT

Michelle - I couldn't agree with you more.  I love your reference to the "brown paper bag"!  Yes, lighter, warmer shades of grey seem to be the "it" colour now, and I find them far more refreshing. 

December 10, 2011 12:06 PM
Rainer
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Michelle Molinari
Feature This Real, Estate Staging & Curb Appeal Concepts
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Hi Phil, Thanks for stopping by! I really do understand the appeal of the brown, but when selling, it's in the best interest of the seller to keep up with the trends and help the home appear as spacious as it really is. The brown looks cozy, and cozy means "small" in real estate.

December 10, 2011 01:55 PM
Rainer
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Michelle Molinari
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Hi Ginger,

I know it's a hard pill to swallow. Where I am located, pretty much every house has this brown-bag action going on as the main color in all the common areas of the homes.

I must say I attribute my two-week or less to pending statistics due to the fact that I totally eradicate this wall color. It makes any listing really stand out and feel super-clean and special in a sea of blah blah brown.

 

 

December 10, 2011 02:01 PM
Rainer
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Michelle Molinari
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Hey there Sally,

Yep. The grays are all the rage. I use them along with taupe and yellow and they look phenomenal.

 

December 10, 2011 02:03 PM
Rainer
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Anna Dovger
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607

Michelle, the "brown bag" colors are better than white and I don't really ask to repaint, but if there is chance to recommend any color I agree that lighter shades look cleaner and more sophisticated.

December 10, 2011 03:46 PM
Rainer
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Michelle Molinari
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Hi Anna - thanks for chiming in. Yes, they are bettter than white, but there are much better colors that will sell a lot faster!

December 10, 2011 08:30 PM
Rainmaker
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Liz Gallagher
Montreal Quebec RESA member
LG Home Harmony - Home Stagers & Organizers
The crown moldings are more evident with the lighter shade. Your eye is more drawn to the detailing than with the darker shade. Great photos to demonstrate your point. Liz Your northern neighbor
December 23, 2011 12:17 AM
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