Chip Gaines Has One Valuable Tip When Choosing An Interior Paint Color

Chip Gaines Has One Valuable Tip When Choosing An Interior Paint Color

Chip Gaines Has One Valuable Tip When Choosing An Interior Paint Color

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If you’ve ever considered a home renovation, you know that selecting the perfect paint colors for your walls can be an agonizing decision. No one wants to have to cover up freshly painted walls because they made a huge mistake in color selection. This applies whether you plan on living in the home while preparing it for sale or if you intend to stay for the long haul. As expected from the king of fixer-uppers, Chip Gaines has offered a solution to this conundrum. If you’re considering a move, keep the color selection on the reserved side. If you’re staying longer, choose a color you love as a personal expression.

This means that if you want the home to appeal to potential buyers, you should err on the side of caution. On HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” Gaines and his wife Joanna often favor neutral hues like off-white, which would be a good choice for appealing to a broad range of homebuyers. If you love your home and don’t plan on moving, you can get more adventurous with your paint color choices.

The time frames to keep in mind when picking paint colors


Chip Gaines is known for having a playful side on camera, but he can get serious about decisions that impact the sale of a home. This includes exact timeframes for what paint colors to choose. “I would argue if you’re going to be in a place for 1-2 years, (that’s the way we worked back when we were flipping properties), you’ve got to be conservative because in two years you’re selling this house,” Gaines remarked to Country Living. “But if you’re going to be in a property for 3-5 years, then that’s a longer-term commitment, so obviously you should personalize it and make it your own—don’t worry about the resell part of it.”

What if you’re unsure about how long you’ll be in your home? That’s where painting an accent wall can be the perfect solution. Choosing a color for your accent wall that pulls out the hues in your décor in a bold way is less risky when you might only have to repaint one section before putting the house up for sale. Just be sure to save the paint can from the other neutral-colored walls in case color matching is needed at some point to cover up your adventurous selection.

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