Choosing Colors Is Easier Than Ever With These 7 Tips!

home painting tipsWhat makes one space seem cozy and comforting but another place unsettling? Why are we more drawn toward one product much more than another? The answer is simple – color!

Humans are very visual creatures. It’s no wonder why we might respond so differently to spaces that are covered in different palettes of color. You might find that you feel comfort in a soft blue room, but that same room, if dressed in orange or a fiery red, can cause you to feel enclosed and uneasy. That’s why choosing paint color is essential – it can help us feel more comfortable in our homes.

Here are 7 ways you can determine which color would be perfect for the space you want to paint!

Start Small – Not sure where to start with color? Try experimenting in a small space first. This can include a bathroom, a small hall, or an area between rooms. To get started, choose a favorite color drawn from a rug, artwork, accessories, furniture pieces, or dishes as a main color or accent. If you aren’t crazy about the color, you can always change it!

Focus on Mood – When you’re in the process of choosing the color for your space, consider the mood of the room. Which feelings do you want to portray? In a dining room, would you rather it emit a warmer, sociable feel or a formal, quiet feel? If you want it to be warmer, choose warmer, contrasting, and somewhat brighter colors. If you’d rather have a more formal dining room, deeper blue-greens and neutrals will work great. The color you choose can have a dramatic effect on the vibe you want to create in each space, so think carefully about it first!

Consider Lighting – Ever wonder why paint stores have light boxes for you to test your paint chips? Lighting! Natural daylight shows the truest color while incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows. Fluorescent lighting will cast a sharp blue tone on top of the color. Try your color or colors of choice in these different lighting to determine which is best for the space in question.

Try Monochromatic Colors – Who says one color has to be boring? Create bold or subtle variations within one color group by using contrasting paint finishes. If you want to create an accent color, choose a warmer or cooler color to complement your main monochromatic group. For a quieter feel, choose colors that aren’t extremely bright. For a striking accent, try using white or an off-white tint as an accent color.

Let the Color Wheel Inspire You – One of the best reference tools you can have on you when you choose colors is a small color wheel! It can help you modify and intensify two or more colors, and you can also see which complimentary color combinations you like best. You might be surprised at which other colors work well with the other. Who knows, you might even be drawn toward a whole new color palette!

Test Your Color of Choice – For an easy confidence boost without “messing up” your walls, test the color you want to paint with on poster board. If you don’t mind using the wall, paint the color on a large portion of the wall to see what it would look like. Go outside your comfort zone! Play with strong, vivid colors, soft hues, deep neutrals like chocolate brown or olive green and see how they work in your space.

Walk Into Another Room – If you’re having trouble deciding if a color is good for a space, try walking into that room for another room. See how these colors interact when you see one next to the other in adjacent rooms. You can see it as a composition – you’re in one room, but you can see parts of the other room through that room. As you’re picking these colors out, consider how they will flow from room to room and go from there!

The next time you need (or want!) to paint your space, try these 7 tips to help make your choice a bit easier! For more tips on how to best present your home or if you’re in the hunt for a new home to love and adorn, contact The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties! You can find us at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or visit us online at to learn more!


9 Essential Questions to Ask When Attending an Open House

open house tipsOpen houses are great opportunities to see a potential home and speak directly with a seller’s agent. It might be tempting to ignore the already-busy agent and check out the house for yourself, but you’re at a greater advantage if you ask the right questions.

Here are 9 questions you should consider asking when you visit an open house!

  1. How many offers have been made? Ask this question at your own discretion. If the agent looks suspiciously elated, it could be because they learned that an offer is coming in at any given moment. If any offers have been made, they’ll more than likely let you in on the information, hoping that you might decide to bid as well.
  2. How has the price been? You can more than likely find this information online, but the seller’s agent might go ahead and explain the changes to you and give you the reasons behind the changes in price, if there are any. You might find out that the price has dropped because the seller has to or wants to move on a relatively tight schedule. This type of information can clue you in that the list price is somewhat flexible.
  3. How long has the property been on the market? This type of information can easily be found online, but the seller’s agent can help put this information in the proper context. You might think that the property has been on the market for a long time because there haven’t been any bites from prospective homebuyers, but the agent could tell you that the sellers received an offer from a buyer whose financing fell through. This could be very useful in deciding if you should make an offer or not.
  4. Why are the sellers moving? This is always a great question to ask the agent. If the sellers are moving because they want to relocate closer to their family, then you probably have nothing to worry about. However, if the sellers are moving because the house is situated in an unsafe region, the schools are awful, or if the neighbors are noisy, then you have some valuable information that could very well sway your decision.
  5. When was the house last updated? You can see certain updates around the house like new cabinetry or updated, sleek appliances in the kitchen. Some other very important features, however, can be much more difficult to identify. Be sure to find out the age of the roof, the wiring, and the plumbing, if possible. You will definitely want to know those facts before jumping into buying the home, if you want it.
  6. Are there any issues that come with the house? The seller is required to tell potential buyers about any issues that are packaged with the house including any known structural problems or code violations. You can also request a written seller’s disclosure, and, if you’re lucky, a chatty agent could reveal more in person, giving you an extra advantage in the event you want to put an offer down on the house in question.
  7. How much do the utilities cost? This is an especially vital question to ask if you’re going from renting your place to buying a home. You’d be surprised how much paying the utilities can impact your budget. Be sure to ask for this information before you even consider making an offer.
  8. What’s the seller’s timeline? Does the seller want to leave after the school year ends? Are they keen on moving quickly because they’ve already found a home to live in elsewhere? The more you find out about what the sellers want, the more easily you can work around what they want and put together an offer they will have a hard time refusing – all while getting a good deal on the price.
  9. What are some good eateries around here? Want to really get an idea on what your (potentially) new neighborhood is like? Ask for directions to a local eatery or a coffee shop, if the town has them! You’ll get a good feel for the locals, the neighborhood, and what your life could look like in the future.

As you ask the seller’s agent these questions, take care to not give away more than you want about your own situation. Remember to be discreet about your finances and how much you like the home; this will be a benefit when the time comes to bargain for a good price.

Homebuyers need an agent they can depend on and trust. If you don’t have an agent yet in your quest for the perfect home, call The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298. Learn about us and view our listings online at to get started on your search today!