In this house, Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172 and Chelsea Gray HC-168 are the basis for a sophisticated whole home palette.
If you enjoy browsing real estate listings, you are not alone. “I’m still looking for real estate listings, even now, almost a year after closing,” says Kathleen Luttschyn, a design writer who recently bought a home in River Forest, Illinois.
Home buyers don’t just look to other homes for ideas; they also use real estate listings to plan real projects. Here are 5 ways to use real estate ads for color inspiration:
Browse photos to plan a color scheme
All painting projects should start from a whole house color palette. This doesn’t mean that every room should be painted the same color, but all the colors should complement each other and feel consistent as you move from room to room. Take inspiration from the palette by quickly browsing through photos of the listing of homes you are considering and noticing how your eye reacts to rooms that don’t match the main color palette. These will be the first on your list to update. A clear neutral the base is a good place to start – it will instantly make the house more spacious, giving you a blank canvas to work on and making it easier to progress with other design decisions.
Look for local inspiration
You can learn a lot about regional architecture and design by browsing listings in your area. A New England salt shaker looks and feels completely different from a mid-century modern ranch in Palm Springs. In the Kathleen neighborhood, old Victorian homes and early modern Prairie School buildings are plentiful. “The local ads have taught me that I prefer older architecture, a little color and a lot of natural light,” says Kathleen.
You can also buy locally and seek expert advice in-store. All Benjamin Moore retailers are independently owned, so you are always dealing directly with a local company when you buy. Stop by and ask them about popular homemade pallets in your area.
Browsing through the listings in the area where you plan to relocate can help you come up with ideas to add a local touch to your color scheme. Here, a classic palette of blues and reds stand out against Benjamin Moore’s painted walls Wolf Gray 2127-40 for a modern touch to coastal design.
Head straight to the kitchen
Updating your kitchen cabinets with paint is one of the easiest ways to totally transform the look of a space, for less than it costs to install new countertops. For ideas, try some searches for homes with newly remodeled kitchens in your area and write them down. cabinet color for inspiration. From bright blues to deep grays, cabinet colors offer an easy way to make an impact and they can set the tone for the rest of your home.
Find project ideas from the property details
The Romance language of an advertisement will boast its most unique characteristics. (Newly remodeled with a home office! Lovely garden shed just off the patio!) Look at photos of these features to see how other homeowners are using paint to make their signature spaces sing. And when it comes time to decorate your own home, think about how you want to celebrate your favorite features. Why not add some joy to your workspace with a painted archway or try out a bedroom accent wall instead of a headboard?
Consult a property description for clues to its outstanding selling points. Here, a painted accent wall by Benjamin Moore Silver Marlin 2139-50 brings a home office to life.
Save your favorites to purchase samples
Lists make it easy to collect photos digitally and find ideas. Once you have a file or bulletin board of your favorites, find the recurring colors and start matching them to swatches. While photos are a great starting point for inspiration, you won’t really feel like a color until you see it in your space. Benjamin Moore now offers peel and stick samplesso it’s easier than ever to try out shades in different rooms and observe them as the light changes throughout the day.
Browsing through the listings can be guilty pleasure, but don’t overlook the value of brainstorming while you’re looking for a home. You never know when a property can wake up your interior designer!