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How to make your house more sellable using colour theory

To make your home more ‘sellable’ on the housing market, you will want potential buyers to be able to imagine themselves living in it.

As soon as buyer comes into your home for a viewing, you want them to start imagining what it will be like to live there. To achieve this, your home essentially has to become a blank canvas so that they can easily project their own design ideas. This will include fully cleaning your home and using neutral colours in your house design. These include shades of white and beige on both the walls and on your furniture.

Human beings are sensitive to color on a deep, emotional level. This makes sense: Our earliest ancestors relied on colours to tell them if a fruit was ripe or safe to eat, for example. Those deeply ingrained senses of what colours mean in nature stay with us in our cities; we may not need to make life-and-death decisions based on the colour of a strange fruit, but we still carry the emotional feelings that kept our ancestors safe.

Bold yellow, for example, can upset small children, while light yellow is commonly used as a gender-neutral color for children’s rooms. Blue is often associated with peace, serenity and cold temperatures. Red, on the other hand, may symbolize excitement, love, anger, warfare or energy. A certain hue that you think looks perfect in your living room might trigger a deep sense of discomfort in a buyer. The deeper the colour you choose for your walls, the stronger effect it might have on others. Conversely, the closer your home’s colours are to pure, neutral white, the less they will emotionally affect visitors — or potential buyers. These are useful traits to understand as you plan how to show off your home’s best features.

It helps to keep a sense of restraint when choosing colour and design layouts; a bold colour can quickly become overwhelming if used too much, and too many complementary colours in one room can make even sparse furnishings look busy. Try to limit each room’s colour palette to no more than two colours.

The colours potential buyers see when they enter your home should be neutral so that the buyers will not be distracted by someone else’s style. They should see the walls of your home as a blank canvas on which to project their own preferences and style. But “neutral” doesn’t necessarily mean white. Using subtle colour can actually enhance the buyer’s experience, so repaint walls that have strong colours with rich neutral shades.

With a little awareness of colour theory, you can have the best of both worlds: a home in which colour brings out each room’s best features, and a house that’s likely to sell without requiring major repainting.

 If you need to de-clutter your home then Multicube Storage Leeds offer a range of short and long term storage rooms that are perfect for furniture storage whilst your home is on the property market.

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