Monday

Top 5 Benjamin Moore Gray Colors for Home Staging

One of the most popular recommendations while staging or prepping a home / property for sale is to add a fresh coat of paint. It brings an instant freshness and gives an updated look to the space. 
The best go-to paint colors for home staging are in the Gray - Griege { which is a gray & beige combo } section. There are so many lovely Grays to choose from - Warm Grays , Cool Grays , Traditional Grays, Modern Grays , Blue Grays, Green Grays etc !

Here are my favorite Benjamin Moore paint colors that I use & recommend for my staging projects :

A light gray with warm undertones, this classic shade is perfect for an open floor plan.

A very approachable light gray color that pairs beautifully with modern finishes like marble and stainless steel. Perfect for urban / contemporary homes.

Inherently sophisticated, this timeless color from their off-white collection looks great in any space.

A soft blue-gray, this is an { almost } no-fail light gray for modern homes.

It is a light gray with warm undertones. Perfect to add that extra bit of warmth to areas packed with cool finishes like marble & glass.


Here are 2 other Benjamin Moore Grays that are darker and I use them mainly for accent walls or to feature rooms & spaces like the den or library...

It's a very rich dark gray that can add a ton of personality to spaces especially as a feature wall.


This is a medium toned gray that's perfect to add a hint of urbane sophistication to any space.


One of the general rules { for staging homes } though is to pick a neutral color that can have a wider appeal and at the same time isn't just vanilla or plain white that fades into the background. But you can't just pick any neutral color { or any gray } for any home and hope that it works. It is very important to choose the right one !

Choosing the Right Shade of Gray depends on these 3 main factors :
1. The Amount of Light coming in to the space & the Light Source {  natural , artificial }
2. The Direction / Orientation of the rooms
3. Main Interior Finishes : Light Woods, Dark woods , Marble, Brick etc

Other key factors to consider include the style of the house & the target buyer demographic. 


     
A fresh coat of paint will help a house get sold, 
but choosing the right color can make sellers thousands of dollars richer. "
          


Here is an excerpt from an interesting article published in Market Watch :
... colors that increased home prices included grays and beiges. Painting walls in fresh, 
natural-looking colors, particularly in shades of blue and pale gray not only make a home feel larger, but also are neutral enough to help future buyers envision themselves living in the space.

Have you used any of the above Benjamin Moore grays before for staging your home  or to refresh / restyle your home ? Which one is your favorite ? Do share with us.
Until then...Happy Staging & Styling !


Minol Shamreen
Certified Professional Home Stager + Interior Stylist , B. Arch
Board Member of RESA ( Real Estate Staging Association ) Central Texas Chapter 
Studio M Designs | 408.858.1438 | Austin TX

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Wednesday

Guest Post on a Design & Styling Blog ...


One of the things on my list to everyday is read through blogs & posts from my local community on social media. It's a great stress-buster for me. And this is when I stumble upon many amazing renovations projects & interior styling projects that non-design professionals are doing in their home. What I enjoy most about them is reading about their challenges & the process.


If you need to know just one thing about me or how I work { whether it's home staging , designing for my clients or planning a class-room party at my daughter's school } ... it is that : 

The process or the journey is as important as the end product or the destination !

I enjoy them so much that I thought it would be great to feature & showcase their work. And so I have decided to welcome all those awesome DIY-ers & design enthusiasts to guest post on my blog.
If you are interested to share your projects , how to-s & design adventures, do contact me via my facebook page @ Studio M Designs on FB

Thanks & have an awesome day ahead !

Minol Shamreen
Certified Professional Home Stager + Interior Stylist , B.Arch
Board Member of RESA Central Texas  Chapter 
Studio M Designs | 408.858.1438 | Austin TX


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Monday

Summer Fan Drive by RESA Central Texas

As a Board Member of the RESA - Central Texas Chapter, I am happy to announce that we are kicking off our RESA CenTX Team Fan Drive in partnership with Family Eldercare.

Summer is already here and the hottest months are still ahead of us. 

Family Eldercare’s annual Summer Fan Drive meets a critical basic need : Relief from life-threatening heat for those who do not have or cannot afford a fan or air-conditioning. The Fan Drive has served low-income seniors, adults with disabilities and families with children. 
Funds raised during the Summer Fan Drive go to purchase fans for individuals and families who need help to beat the summer heat, to connect vulnerable people with important resources and to support Family Eldercare's core services. 





Let's do our share in providing fans for the cause ! 
Contribute through online donations @ Family ElderCare , Austin Texas

Thank you !

Minol Shamreen

Certified Professional Home Stager + Interior Stylist , B.Arch
Board Member - Real Estate Staging Association ( RESA ) Central Texas Chapter
Studio M Designs | 408.858.1438 | Austin TX

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