The Worst Colors to Use in a Home

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  1. I agree – the real and chocolate combo has become tiresome. As has red in dining rooms, the shocking pink in girls’ rooms and deep blue in boys’ rooms.
    In all – white bathroom or kitchen, try black on the ceiling.

  2. Greige? That’s nuts.. my gf had it in her old apartment and all of her colorful items/furniture worked really well with it. We’re about to do it in our new house too, if you want to see how terrible it looks, check out the website I’m linking over the next few months. 🙂 (I don’t disagree with the whole post though)

  3. There are urban legends of color often mistaken for “color research”. Despite what the links on the www purport, there is no research that proves babies cry more in yellow rooms or that people fight more or any of that silly stuff. Here’s a podcast on yellow that might be useful:

  4. Shared on Facebook page. Thank you.

  5. I think this is a discussion about two different dynamics. Paint color when staging a home for sale may differ from that which may be used for decorating. The “Restoration Hardware” gray walls with white and linen furniture is hugely popular in both staging and decorating. If you search the word “kitchen” on, 99% of the pinned photos are of white kitchens. I would disagree with that prediction too, as we love to see our Builders using white kitchens! (look at Christopher Peacock kitchens) What is changing is the addition of reclaimed woods and metals. I think using color when staging your home is a balancing act and most of the time a neutral is always your best bet. Save your color preferences for your new home.

    Stayci Fast, MIRM
    New England Staging & Interiors, Boston, MA

  6. White kitchens, accented with bright colored curtains, throw rugs and artwork, work well in resort & second home markets, particularly here on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

    When you tire of the color of the accent pieces, it’s much less expensive to replace the curtains, throw rugs and artwork than to replace the kitchen cabinets.

  7. Shelly

    My friends and I differ on color preferences in our own homes. While attempting to find the right gray for my own bedroom, I have two “color expert” friends who insist on trying to change my mind about the color. I painted my kitchen “squash” and have never tired of the bold color….however, I would never suggest a client paint any of my personal color preferences in their homes…

  8. Excellent article. Color is the spice to our living spaces. The stronger the spice the less you use, least it be too over powering . I use neutrals in staging & accents of color to ‘drive’ & ‘control’ the visitors eye around the room and to entice them to enter the room and stay a few moments to appreciate the space. I call it visual carrots. Greige is fine for decorating as it is a good background to show off art & personality of the room – it’s color’s best mate, but it must be offset with painted trim. I don’t like it for staging as it has the opposite purpose.
    Some of the ‘tired’ color combos as mentioned depends on where you live. Parts of the Midwest will always be years behind the coasts. I do agree with adding the coral & metallic to the blue/brown scheme & have. Same for the classic red/green/gold trio – it’s all in proportion & moderation.

  9. Great post on colors! I ask my stagers to pick all of the colors and now I have a staged and well matched homes. some homes require specific colors to either highlight the amenities of the home or help to overcome a lack of certain upgrades.

  10. I still see those Greish colors in new construction, along with a lot of blue/grey colors in Fairfield County, CT. But we are a coastal community, so I would expect to see those colors – they complement the natural beachy colors seen all around us!

  11. Truth

    With all due respect, designers are like heath care “experts”. They all come up with ideas for a better way to do things, and they all contradict each other in terms of what’s in and what’s out. The bottom line is that they interject their own personal preferences. Other than playing safe by using more neutral colors, there is no fool proof, one-size-fits all way to paint your home that will enhance staging or guarantee a sale. Paint is a very cheap fix compared to other remodeling costs. A buyer would be dumber than dirt to avoid purchasing a great home simply because the paint colors did not suit them.