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Best Paint for Staging Your Home

When selling your home, decluttering and cleaning come to mind as some of the most important steps and they are! However, painting is a huge way to add value to your home. Not only does it add monetary value (as a home that’s well-maintained is FAR more appealing than one with scuffed walls), but it ALSO adds emotional value as the buyer walks through your home, smelling fresh paint, seeing blank walls, and envision living in it, LOVES it and HAS TO HAVE it (which is the goal, right!?)’

Here is a list of some light neutral paint colors that are most attractive when selling / staging your home -



Best Staging Neutrals: Sherwin-Williams


1) Creamy SW 7012

  • A warm color without being overly yellow

  • Gives a modern and fresh feeling without the ‘coldness’ of a gray

Best Rooms:

  • North / East-facing rooms

  • Hallways or darker areas w/ less natural light

2) Canvas Tan SW 7531

  • A subtle neutral color

Best Rooms:

  • Rooms that have wood tones with yellow hues

Best Staging Neutrals: Benjamin Moore -


1) Stonington Gray HC-170

  • Has a nice body & depth to it without going overly heavy

Best Rooms:

  • Bathrooms

  • Bedrooms

  • Open layout areas

  • Rooms with intense sunshine

2) Gray Owl OC-52

  • Light enough to add interest in a room without weighing it down

Best Rooms:

  • South-facing rooms

  • Rooms with wood tones and whites

3) Classic Gray OC-23

  • Has the depth that suits a variety of different rooms / conditions

  • Gives the illusion of gray without being too cold

Best Rooms:

  • In rooms with any type of light exposure

4) Edgecomb Gray HC-173

  • One of the most popular warm, neutral paint colors - for any situation, not just staging

  • A happy medium for those who love gray and beige

Best Rooms:

  • Works well in any exposure as long as there is adequate lighting

  • Flexive to accommodate a variety of tastes

5) Balboa Mist 1549

  • Warmer and more feminine, at times picking up a faint pink-purple hue - adds a bit more color than traditional grays

  • Has a romantic and soft look while still being fresh

Best Rooms:

  • Fits almost all rooms as long as the undertones suit the space and light

6) White Dove OC-17

  • Versatile - can be used on trim, walls, cabinets for a seamless look

Best Rooms:

  • Most rooms, as long as you’re looking for a soft, warm white look

Finding the perfect shade when there are hundreds - including pales, darks & darkers - can be very overwhelming. So many factors take place in choosing a color than just its shade, such as the amount of natural light, the size of the room, and the amount of furniture.

Still don’t know where to begin? Start here with our favorites! And, as always, our agents are here to provide complimentary staging and renovation consultations for your home any time. We will walk through your home with you and highlight what improvements or touch ups will give you the most “bang for your buck” - having the biggest positive impact on potential buyers without cleaning out your bank account. Click here to contact us and schedule a consultation.