Picking Paint Colors for Your Investment Property: 4 Mistakes to Avoid!

Picking Paint Colors for Your Investment Property: 4 Mistakes to Avoid!
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    If you're planning to put up your investment property for sale or letting after giving it a makeover, you've surely considered giving it a fresh coat of paint.

    After all, a beautiful paint job can make a world of difference to your property and impress prospective buyers or tenants instantly.

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What’s more, painting your property is a cost-effective solution to raising its value on the realty market!

That being said, choosing wall paint colors goes beyond just naming a favorite; you need to put a lot of thought and consideration to it. So if you don’t know how to go about picking colors for your walls, you’ve come to the right place.

Here’s a list of mistakes not to make!

Ignoring the Lighting

The right color can look bad in the wrong light. So it’s important to consider the natural light a room receives and the ambient lighting options you have before you pick any paint color. The same applies to paint finish and sheen; paint with a glossy finish might work in some areas of your house, while you may need to soften the look in other areas using a matte finish paint.

Before committing, just get a sample of the color you like painted or taped up on the wall you want to paint. Observe how the color looks at different times during the day and under artificial light too. If you think the finish or color doesn’t look great, talk to your paint contractor or get help from your local paint store.

Forgetting about the Flooring

This is unforgivable! Wall colors need to relate to the flooring too, but many people overlook this fact as they are too busy looking up instead of taking in the whole picture.

Bear in mind that all flooring options have several variations within them. For example, stoned and tiled flooring has different shades and are textured, which will play differently with paint colors you like. Also, wood flooring is never simply ‘wood-colored’; there are a range of finishes and stains to consider before selecting a color for the walls.

A good idea to avoid picking the wrong color is to get a swatch of sample color painted right up to the floor. This way, you’ll also be able to see how the color looks during the day.

Matching the Paint with Other Elements

How often have you fallen in love with a particular color that no matter what you purchased, your affinity to it was evident? Don’t do that when selecting a wall paint color! If you try to match the wall color with that of a rug or a pillowcase, you’ll end up taking away the focus from those elements that define the space.

If you’re selling or letting an unfurnished property, you won’t have to worry about not matching the paint to other elements. However, try to refrain from painting the walls in shocking colors; go for neutrals and muted colors so that buyers or tenants can customize easily.

Not Creating Contrast

Playing it too safe with neutrals or colors that are too coordinated can be boring. Add interest with a bright or bold color on an accent wall. Decide on the focal point first- if it’s a piece of furniture, choose a paint color that complements it; if you want the focus to be on the wall, ensure the rest of the furnishings support the color you choose.

In case you’ve already listed your property for sale or letting without giving it a paint job, you can still consider hiring a paint contractor. You certainly don’t want anyone who comes down for a property viewing to walk away without sealing the deal! Because you just want to paint an accent wall, the job can be easily scheduled between visits by Arivify users.

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Conclusion

Choosing the right paint color for your home is a serious matter. It’s even more serious when you’re choosing wall colors for your investment property, because you can’t say for sure that potential buyers or tenants will share your taste.

Now that you know what mistakes you need to avoid when picking wall colors for your investment property, it shouldn’t be that big a challenge any more!

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Rachel Oliver is a freelancer who has a way with words. She likes to write about anything and everything under the sun. Themes like sports, home improvement, home decor, interior & exterior interests her more.

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Rachel Oliver is a freelancer who has a way with words. She likes to write about anything and everything under the sun. Themes like sports, home improvement, home decor, interior & exterior interests her more.