Do You Agree With America’s Favorite Paint Colors?

The September issue of House Beautiful is out and it features a survey on America’s Color preferences. The magazine surveyed thousands of readers and hundreds of designers and bloggers.  The results revealed (no surprise here) that Blue is America’s favorite color just barely eking out Green which came in a close second. What was surprising (at least to me) was the different color preferences based on region. Below is the map that shows color preferences by regions. (click on the image to make it larger)

House Beautiful Color Map

House Beautiful Preference Color Map

I had no idea such a large part of the country still loves Brown, especially since I live outside of Boston and as you can see New Englander’s evidently like White.  I also was surprised how popular Orange is in the Southeast. I would have guessed they might gravitate toward more of a cool color since according to a friend of mine who lives in the South, this past Summer has been like living on the Sun.

The survey showed that we just love to paint. 77% of readers had either just painted, were currently painting or plan to paint within the next 6 months.

Yellow was the most popular kitchen color with a narrow win over white.

OLD&D Architects

OLD&D Design

Orange is polarizing, it’s the “hot” choice in the Southeast but also the color most people chose as “so over”. Tangerine Tango was  Pantone’s color pick for 2012 so for those that have grown weary of Orange there are just a few more months before a new color will be announced for 2013.

Orange Chairs

Via Pinterest

Green won out as favorite color for a dinning room followed closely by red.

Diamondbarratta Design

Diamond Barratta Design

Blue won hands down as the favorite color for bedrooms by both the readers and the designers. On the west coast Blue bedrooms were favored more than 2 to 1 over green bedrooms.

blue bedroom

via Pinterest

Purple is Hot…35% of Designers said Purple was the hottest color right now.


Via House To Home

The House Beautiful results also showed that our color tastes change as we get older. The over 45 crowd prefered White living rooms while the under 45 group preferred Gray living rooms.

gray living room

Jennifer Brouwer Design

The over 45 group also preferred Green dining rooms and Yellow kitchens while the under 45 group preferred Blue dining rooms and White kitchens.

white kitchen

via Pinterest

I do see in my own Color Consulting business that age does make a difference when choosing color. Most of my younger clients are very into Gray right now, especially for living rooms and family rooms.  However, most of my older clients will have nothing to do with Gray, preferring instead a soft white or beige… Maybe it’s too many bad memories of the 80’s when Gray and Mauve was all the rage.

What’s on the Bloggers radar?  Purple and Green.  Both Purple and Green were voted as the colors to watch for as being the next “Hot” colors….Maybe a hint as to the next Pantone Color of Year??

What do you think of the survey? Do you agree with America’s favorite colors?

If you would like help with decorating or choosing the perfect color for your home give me a call.






The Global Trend Yeah Or Nay?

I first noticed the Global Trend a few years back when it started showing up in the pages of  Design magazines.

global trend

Elle Decor

It has become hugely popular and Moroccan design, Ikat patterns and tribal prints is now on everything from dinner plates to picture frames.

Global trend

I keep wondering when the Global trend is going to run out of steam; especially since we keep getting messages like “buy American” and “support your local artisans”. So last week while shopping for lamps for a client, imagine my surprise when I walked first into Homegoods and saw India



and then directly into West Elm and saw South Africa.

West Elm

West Elm

So what gives? Are we suppose to support our local artisans or decorate our homes as if we just returned from some exotic land?  I always tell my clients to live with what they love and that which has meaning. Items brought back from travels are some of my favorite things to incorporate into their design. However, if one has never set foot in Africa or India are these items adding value to our lives or clutter to our lives? Does it even matter?

I would love to hear your opinion on the Global Trend, Yeah? or Nay?

The Best Ways to Spend Your Staging Dollars

As a Home Stager I am very sensitive to how much (or little) my clients should spend when they are getting their home ready to sell. No one likes to spend money on a house they will be leaving but unless your home doesn’t need to be staged, like I wrote about here, chances are you need to spend something in order to show your home at it’s absolute best.

Although every home is unique and I advise each client to spend money based on their particular situation, the following three fixes will pay you back 100% (or more) and in my opinion are the best ways to spend your staging dollars.

#1. Curb Appeal. 

We all know how important first impressions are when it comes to selling your home. Spending a few dollars to freshen up your curb appeal will definitely pay off. The bushes should be trimmed, the lawn should be mowed and the front gardens should look well kept. Investing in fresh mulch, healthy looking plants and maybe a few potted flowers at the entrance will start buyers off with a positive impression of your home. Also, be sure your walk way is clear and your front door sparkling clean or freshly painted.

#2. Paint


The power of paint to freshen up or even transform your home can not be under estimated. I think paint is one of the biggest bang for your bucks when it comes to Staging. Most buyers want a move in ready home these days and freshly painted walls not only look better but give the impression of a well cared for home. Fresh paint is especially important if you currently have dark walls or very taste specific colors in your home. Try one of the new on trend neutral colors like warm gray, gray green or, gray green blue like in the photo above. A note of caution. A poorly done DIY paint job is worse than not painting at all, so if your painting skills aren’t near perfect, then hire a professional. A sloppy paint job can actually lower the value of your home.

#3. Renting a storage locker or POD.

Craig J. Sorensen

photo: Craig J. Sorensen

 Let’s fact it, just about every house has too much “stuff” in it. Too many toys, too many clothes, too many expired spices, too many books, too much clutter period! When you list your home for sale it is the perfect time to take charge and get rid of it. For those that absolutely can’t bare to part with all that stuff, moving it to the basement or garage is NOT the answer. You need to remove it from the house completely. Buyers want to see your entire home and any space with clutter or stacked boxes sends a subtle message to buyers that the house doesn’t have enough storage. Whatever you spend on storage rental is well worth it to make your home look uncluttered, larger…and most important to get it sold!

How about you, what fixes do you think are most important when selling your home?

If you would like to schedule a staging consult to get some help deciding the best ways to spend your staging dollars give me a call.

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