Paint colors for interior

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In an argument with my designer (read: fiancé) about how to finish walls in a flip project. Do you all paint white with the intention of letting the buyers decide the colors or do you select colors for each of the rooms?

Paint gray(s)... it's the new white haha. But seriously the idea of a flip is a move in ready house. The person buying a flip doesn't want to pain the rooms.

@Marcus Hendren  For a flip, it's definitely your choice. No matter what it is, don't fight what you've got in there. Add a little flair while still staying neutral. As @Matt K. said, in come grays.

When it comes to rentals, we have picked out several (5-7 colors) that we like and would use in any property as they're all very neutral. My new methodology for empowering and personalizing for tenants is that before they move in and prior painting the property is on the agenda, I will test all the colors on several walls and let the tenant make the decision. The last time I did this, I sent the tenant just the names of the colors and what company they were from. She thought she was going to like one color and was convinced that it was going to be great. I told her that I was still going to put the colors up on the wall and send her pictures. Low and behold, the paint looked different in the property versus on pinterest so we went with another color (still from the approved 5-7 colors) and painted the property. Tenant is very happy because it feels personalized and I have a freshly painted unit that will look great when I go to market the property again for the next tenant. 

Sorry for the overkill, but just in case it becomes relevant, I figure it doesn't hurt.

These days, just go with Anew Grey from Sherwin Williams (or whatever the equivalent is in the brand you use).

Nice, neutral and pretty popular among investors...

We do go all white. We like "Bit of Sugar" from Behr at Home Depot. It's pretty bright white color and makes everything lighter and brighter inside. I know all white can seem unexciting, but we find "light and bright" and a "blank canvas" yields us the best results. We also use a light, warm toned wood color for flooring to add a warmth to the home. That works for us, but I also totally understand the recommendations for the grays as well. 

Originally posted by @Rory Compton :

@J Scott What three tone scheme are you using these days?

For interiors, Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray (SW 7043)...

 

Originally posted by @J Scott :
Originally posted by @Rory Compton:

@J Scott What three tone scheme are you using these days?

For interiors, Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray (SW 7043)...

 

Is that flat, glossy, or eggshell?  Sorry, I am having a hard time deciding what to paint our rental and I don't know too much about paint.  Thanks.

 

Originally posted by @Courtney Duong :
Originally posted by @J Scott:
Originally posted by @Rory Compton:

@J Scott What three tone scheme are you using these days?

For interiors, Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray (SW 7043)...

 

Is that flat, glossy, or eggshell?  Sorry, I am having a hard time deciding what to paint our rental and I don't know too much about paint.  Thanks.

 

For a rental, I'd probably go eggshell, as it will hide defects and marks better than a flat and not be as crazy shiny as a glossy.

That said, I'm NOT a designer, and my wife isn't sitting near me, so get a second opinion before you take that advice...  :)

 

Originally posted by @J Scott :
Originally posted by @Courtney Duong:
Originally posted by @J Scott:
Originally posted by @Rory Compton:

@J Scott What three tone scheme are you using these days?

For interiors, Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray (SW 7043)...

 

Is that flat, glossy, or eggshell?  Sorry, I am having a hard time deciding what to paint our rental and I don't know too much about paint.  Thanks.

 

For a rental, I'd probably go eggshell, as it will hide defects and marks better than a flat and not be as crazy shiny as a glossy.

That said, I'm NOT a designer, and my wife isn't sitting near me, so get a second opinion before you take that advice...  :)

LOL (about your wife not sitting near you).  Thanks!  Appreciate it.