Fresh Paint Adds Style, Flair and a Big Bang for your Fix-Up Dollar


If your Boston condo is overdue for a makeover, you’re preparing your condo for sale or you’re a buyer contemplating a condo of interest, consider a fresh coat of paint for a quick and affordable way to spruce up your home. It’s one of the most dramatic ways to enhance the overall look and feel of a place as well as make that all-important first impression. If you’re in the selling mode, fresh paint makes a home look clean, bright, and inviting. Paint can minimize flaws as well as the appearance of age, or restore areas where children or pets have created wear and tear. Paint can also be used to enhance the architectural character and intent of your living space. Plus paint is an investment that provides maximum return on your fix-up dollar.

If you’re preparing your condo for sale, in general, updated neutral hues will be most suitable to potential buyers. They allow buyers to envision themselves in the space. That’s not to say you should avoid color; on trend color schemes will be attractive to many buyers. Regardless, a newly painted condo for sale not only helps to present the home in the best possible light, but it also it leaves one less project and expense on a buyer’s “to-do list.”

When painting your condo in preparation for a sale, in conjunction with a remodel or simply to rejuvenate your space, consider these guidelines for how to choose paint colors:

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    Contemplate – Think about the goals for your painting project and determine the mood you’d like to create in the space. Paint is a low-cost remedy to lighten, warm, enlarge, erase or attract attention. Painting walls white, cream, pastels or cooler colors (tinged with blue or green) creates the illusion of more space by reflecting light. By contrast, warm colors (red-tinged) can make a larger space or rooms with vaulted ceilings for more cozy and intimate. The right paint color – pale lavenders, light grays or greens, and wispy blues, for example – can lend tranquility to a bedroom, bathroom or other personal space. Paint can also define notable assets in a room.  Dress crown molding and other trim to make it pop against a wall color or make a fireplace or other feature a focal point by painting it a color that contrasts with walls.

  • Match – Ideally, the color on the walls should complement the largest pieces in the room… your biggest ticket items, like the sofa, carpet or rug and window coverings.
  • Sample – Purchase a of quart of the shade you’ve selected (some brands even offer sample jars) and paint a large (12” x 12”) sample – preferably on a piece of plywood or even cardboard that you can move around the room. Colors change from day to night and in various types of lighting.

For inspiration on how to integrate gorgeous color palettes that can transform your Boston condo, consider Benjamin Moore’s 2013 paint color trends. You’ll find perfect interior paint colors whether your décor is traditional, transitional, contemporary, urban, eclectic or playing off the New England coast.

What are your go-to paint colors?