Soften Up Your Home’s Interior Color Choices


Photo credit: Benjamin Moore

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

Move over gray. Pastels and whites are softening up the color palette of more homes in 2016.

On-trend colors of pastels are entering more household décor, like in accessories from decorative bowls and vases to florals and throw pillows. The major paint companies all agree: Lighter colors and whites are this year’s go-to interior colors.

Pantone voted Rose Quartz (a pinkish hue) and Serenity (a soft blue) its colors of the year for 2016.  Sherwin-Williams announced Alabaster – an off-white tone– as its 2016 Color of the Year, echoing Benjamin Moore’s choice of Simply White.

White can be a particularly great choice when prepping a home for sale. But to keep white walls from looking too sterile, layer in lots of rich texture when selling a home, sats home stager Julie Young with BY Design Home Staging in San Antonio, Texas.

“If it’s an all-white room, it can feel static and cold.” Texture – like through organic materials of branches or colored orchids or even different tones of white accessories – can help make an otherwise monotone space feel more warm and welcoming to buyers, Young says.


Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. alayne wilson

    Hi, I just set up a FB business page recently and want to provide content NOT just for REALTORS but for clients and POTENTIAL clients that is relevant. I love this article you contributed but wanted to be sure I could copy the link and add it to my FB business page?

    Century 21 Brandt Wright Realty
    Montgomery, Alabama

  2. Hi Alayne – Thanks for checking! Yes, you are more than welcome to copy the link to this article for your Facebook page. By copying the link, a short synopsis will appear and then link back to the original article here. Thanks for reading! –Melissa Tracey

  3. Jan

    We are starting a Coffee Talk on our local radio station. Can I talk about this on the radio, if I mention where I got it and that you wrote it?
    Jan Wagner
    EXIT Realty Midwest
    Le Mars, IA

  4. Certainly, Jan! Thanks for the mention! 🙂

  5. Buyers of today actually prefer these colour tones cause it helps them to feel relaxed and more comfortable.