At Colour & Paint we just love bold colours with tons of character but when it comes to selling your home then in estate agents’ vernacular it is just as important to “paint to sell” as it is to “price to sell” and this of course means neutrals. They say that first impressions count so the first thing a potential buyer must see when they view your property is a neutral colour scheme, in effect a blank canvass onto which they can project their own personal style. In order to want to buy, they must be able to visualise themselves and their furniture in the property. The key thing to remember is that everyone has different tastes in decoration.

In order to maximise the sense of space use light colours, although there is no need to be boring, subtle colours can really make a buyer feel at home. To understand a little about colour psychology here is a short introduction. Always ensure that rooms are clean and tidy and if your wallpaper is loud and distracting or just a little shabby then a couple of coats of low sheen emulsion can hide a multitude of sins. Another great idea is to paint the mouldings the same colour as your wall – this gives the impression of higher ceilings.

If you are still struggling with the concept of creating a harmonious combination of subtle colours here are some palette suggestions that are designed to work together from our Fleur collection of premium Italian paint. Fleur is a collection of stylish colours from a traditional Italian company updated for contemporary living.

View the Fleur Neutrals collection.

Of course if your are thinking of buying a property and already have a colour palette in mind, the innovative iPatch is a great tool to help you visualise colour schemes on the move. The iPatch is an A4 sized swatch of real paint with a low tack backing that can be applied to any secure surface and then peeled off again without leaving a residue. Watch the video to see how it works in practice.

Coast Collection by Mr & Mrs Smith

For some cool ideas for smart neutrals, pastels, greys and blues have a look at the globe trotting Mr & Mrs Smith’s fabulously chic Coast Collection (seen above) inspired by coastal landscapes around the world.