Put care­ful thought into colours

Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE -

MORT­GAGE Choice of­fers some point­ers on how to add value to your property through its colour scheme.

There’s noth­ing like a few home im­prove­ments to boost your property’s mar­ket value, right?

Well, as it turns out, some im­prove­ments just don’t cut the mus­tard when it comes to in­creas­ing your home’s value.

In fact some ren­o­va­tions, like wild paint jobs, can knock a size­able dent in your home’s re­sale value.

So, feel free to paint your home in ev­ery colour of the rain­bow if you choose, but be pre­pared to pick up a brush and roller when it comes to sale time or if your home needs to be val­ued as part of a loan re­fi­nance.

Ex­te­rior colours

Some colours can ac­tu­ally help you at­tract buy­ers — if yours is a char­ac­ter home with a dis­tinc­tive ar­chi­tec­tural style, se­lect­ing tones from a tra­di­tional colour scheme will en­hance the home’s fea­tures and help the place blend into the over­all streetscape.

This es­pe­cially ap­plies if you have a house that is part of a row of sim­i­lar homes like Vic­to­rian ter­races.

For more con­tem­po­rary homes, look at the over­all neigh­bour­hood and sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment — your ex­te­rior colour scheme should com­ple­ment the area.

If in doubt, go for neu­tral tones.

In­side your home

Colour can have a pro­found im­pact on the look and feel of your home’s in­te­rior.

Here too it can pay to go neu­tral with creamy whites, muted beiges and even pale greys.

You can al­ways in­tro­duce bold splashes of colour through ac­ces­sories.

Stick­ing to a uni­form, neu­tral colour through­out your home may sound dull but it gives the home a sense of flow.

In small rooms like the bath­room, lighter tones can also cre­ate the il­lu­sion of more space.

What about wall­pa­per?

There can be no doubt wall­pa­per has come a long way from the “flock shock” that used to adorn Gran’s bed­room.

But even so it pays to think care­fully be­fore opt­ing for wall­pa­per — and this rule of thumb ap­plies even if your home isn’t go­ing to be listed on the mar­ket any time soon.

For a starters wall­pa­per costs a lot more than paint.

It also in­volves more ef­fort to hang and keep clean, but the real crunch can come fur­ther down the track when you de­cide you’d like to change the look of a room.

That’s when the ef­fort in­volved in re­mov­ing wall­pa­per can be­come all too ap­par­ent - of­ten in­volv­ing the hire of spe­cial­ist equip­ment and a week­end spent doused in steam, sur­round­ing by soggy rem­nants of pa­per.

That’s not to say wall­pa­per should be avoided al­to­gether.

Used wisely it can trans­form a room, adding the ‘wow’ fac­tor in spades. If in doubt, talk to a home stylist for ex­pert ideas on the right choice of wall­pa­per.

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