A few gallons of paint can go a long way in making a home more chic- and the cost can’t be beat. “A home’s interior painted in a pale yellow or light green, or beige gives buyers an idea of what they can do with a space.” says Bill Fields, vice president of merchandising for the Lowe’s paint division. Reserve darker or trendier colors for accent walls or to highlight details such as a fireplace or an arched doorway. Common color picks for accent walls are dark red, green (not lime green) or a stone gray. Or instead of introducing a new color, use the paint in the rest of the room as a guide choosing a color that’s three shades darker.
SHINE WITH SHEEN. Flat or matte finish is difficult to clean and shows scuffs. Increasing the sheen can brighten rooms. Eggshell or satin bounces light off the walls to make spaces seem larger. Semi-gloss, higher on the sheen level, is a good option for kitchens and bathrooms since it’s easy to clean.
PAINT THE BASEBOARDS WHITE. But don’t use stark white which can take on gray tones against some wall colors. antique white or Navajo white are better options. If the home has dated stained-wood trim, simply painting it off-white can bring it up to date.