One of the easiest and most costeffective ways to update your home is to repaint. If you're planning to list your home, it's a necessity, especially in high traffic andhighly visible rooms like hallways, kitchens, great rooms and master bedrooms. The new decorating trend of white on white paint is especially pleasing to home buyers. Many home owners are leery of white paint and tell me it feels boring. Not so! White (or off-white) is associated with cleanliness, freshness and a feeling of light and space. White paint colors come in many subtle variations,so it's important to follow a few rules of thumb: layer and combine different shades of white for depth and variety. Stick with all cool or all warm tones… mixing warm and cool tones of white in the same room can make a space feel unrelated. Add depth, interest and texture by varying the sheen level of the same shade. Ceilings should be painted with a flat paint. Stick with flat or eggshellfinishes for walls and use semi-gloss on crown moldings and woodwork.
Sherwin Williams makes great, high-quality paint and has many cool tools to help you find the best palettes for your home. Try their “chip it” tool by clicking here: If you're in a big hurry and need tried and true suggestions, try “Honied White” to create warm tones in your new white room. “Classic Light Buff” is a wonderful cool shade withundertones of gray to create a sophisticated and chic space.
Whether you're preparing to list yourhome or just want to update it for your own enjoyment, I know you'llbe thrilled with the results that a few gallons of fresh paint can bring. Many clients like to do their own painting projects. Tipsfor DIY'ers can be found here: If you'd rather hire a professional, e-mail me for a recommendation at!