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Painting-Is it Possible to be Too Neutral?
Neutral Colors Work Well Overall
When preparing your home for the market "they" say using neutral colors is best. It makes the house show better, is more inviting and potential buyers can picture their own furnishings in each room. I chose a palette of beige, tan and light brown and went to work. Overall I have been pleased with the outcome. It is aesthetically appealing. A fresh coat of paint really cleans up a room and the neutral tones add warmth. Potential buyers see a color they can live with and the neutral tones are easily covered once they choose colors to personalize their new home.
The Basement was the Exception to the Rule
Whereas I willingly painted just about every wall in this house I was holding out when it came to the basement. It's an English basement. There are windows facing north and east so it is relatively bright, not dark and dank like a basement can be.
The walls were white when we moved in and looked very stark. I had some wood trim and ledges put in. It looked better but really needed some color.
My neighbor had a room she "feather duster" painted and I thought that would be perfect for the basement! I picked out five colors that complimented one another and the furnishings, bought five feather dusters and some paper plates and went full tilt into this project.
I don't know if you have ever painted with a feather duster but once you get started it's easy to get a little out of control!
"Feather Duster" Painting
The technique is kind of fun!
You pour a little paint in a paper plate, dip your feather duster tips in there and dab at the wall. I did one color at a time. As soon as that color would dry I would start dabbing with the next one. I did a whole lot of dabbing and by the time I got finished there was plenty of color on those walls. The reviews were mixed but they were positive for the most part so it remained that way for many years.
When I decided to sell and my Realtor saw those walls he wasn't exactly pleased with the appearance but said not to worry about it. After all, it's only a basement. At the Realtor's Open House I did get a "wild walls in the basement" comment that bugged me a bit. Maybe that was the impetus I needed to make it neutral.
It seems that nothing is simple and one project always leads to another.
- The first coat didn't cover well but that was not the big problem.
- I didn't realize all the imperfections that were hidden behind my "artwork"!
- A swipe with the roller of tan paint uncovered a huge gash in the wall by the weight set. That was a shock but it was only the beginning of the surprises awaiting me!
- There were more holes and gouges, popping seams and bowed walls that required patching and mudding.
Do you prefer the Feather Painting or the Neutral walls?
The big disappointment came when the project was complete. The new color did not hide some of the imperfections well, especially the bowed walls.
Worse yet, it just didn't look good! We couldn't get used to the plain walls. I'm not sure going neutral was the right decision. Perhaps there is a happy medium between going nuts with "feather dusters" and neutralizing the room with tan paint. What do you think?