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Staging with colour, does it work in your area?

We have found staging in Vaughan and the Toronto GTA area we are using more colour than neutral colours in our staging work for the last year.

There is a trend for "maximilism" in our area and buyers see it every day in design magazines as well as on TV shows like The Marilyn Denis Show and Cityline. 

With our exceptionally grey winters we are finding buyers are quite receiptive to a more colourful look as long as it is curated well and not overwhelming the room. 

We still advise neutral wall colours like OC 27 Balboa Mist so buyers can move right in. But we find it is the use of colour that gets them excited to consider there and putting in an offer.

Below are two examples- one home staged with colour and one with a neutral palette.  They are a good comparison as these new builds were sitting side by side. Only the use of colour is changed in the living rooms. 

There are buyers attracted to both looks. Which look is the winner in your area?

colourful living room

neutral living room

When you have a property to be marketed to attract your ideal buyers call the Go To Girl around town.

Michelle Finnamore Interiors Ltd.






Comment balloon 18 commentsMichelle Finnamore • March 04 2018 03:39PM


I like to have neutral colors on the wall, but decorate with colors, like with your photos.  Adding a green plant or colorful artwork.  It's a lot easier to change the look of the room by not having to paint again.

Posted by Shawn and Angela Miller, Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS® (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate) almost 3 years ago

love seeing color come back in style.. tired of just tans and greys!

Posted by Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem, Residential Real Estate Broker Associate (Innovative Realty Solutions Group) almost 3 years ago

We always recommend the walls remain neutral so buyers can move right in. Definitely seeing more colour especially in sofas.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 3 years ago

Even the colors in our area are "neutrals" browns, tans, dark greys,  to complement the lighter neutrals of the walls.  I love the photo decorated with colors.

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) almost 3 years ago

Awesome...beautiful as always Michelle!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 3 years ago

Thank you Sharon, it was an interesting staging to be able to do as the houses were sitting side by side and were the exact layouts. 

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 3 years ago

Michelle- both are beautiful and your very special touch make them even more so. I love a neutral shade on the walls with color added via accessories!  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 2 years ago


                    Thank you Michelle!


Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 2 years ago

Good morning Michelle Finnamore,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week! Wonderful post..we are seeing pops of color that bring things to life! I see I hadn't subscribed to your post so I took care of that!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) over 2 years ago

Good morning Michelle. I like your style and this post but must say that no color is screaming at me here.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

Love it Michelle, glad I found you through Kathy's Ah Ha Sunday post.  Personally, I like both. Although, the neutrals still reign in our area - with accents of colors that can be changed with the seasons. I have it in my own home and love it. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 2 years ago

Hi Michelle

I like the combination of neutrals with colors, especially with art work, and we tend to see more use of color here than not, including in the builder's model homes. Perhaps that's because we have color all year round outside?


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 2 years ago

   Agree with keeping the walls neutral ("safe"), but using some color in the furniture and decor to add life. 

Posted by Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Dear Michelle,

Picking a few colors (colours) to repeat around the house always looks more intentional than a mishmash of everything.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) over 2 years ago

If your going to live in the space, I’d say let’s go color! Who wants to and how practical are white sofas!

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) over 2 years ago

Excellent photos.  Here, gray walls are most popular and dark hardwoods (often SM Silverpoint, gray screen or BM gray owl or greige Revere Pewter.  But, people will definitely add some color accents.  Cool colors are much more popular, so often those accents are with subtle blues or navy.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 2 years ago

I may be wrong but I tell folks neutral on the paint and color in the furniture here 

Posted by Charles Stallions Real Estate Services, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc) over 2 years ago

HI Charles, neutral colours are still the norm in our area as well. We are seeing a shift in using colour on our popular tv programs and home owners typically respond well to it. 

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 2 years ago

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