The colors that you use when staging your home will affect your buyers on both a conscious and unconscious level. It is not necessary to stay in a bland (what most think of as white, cream, or beige) color range. What is necessary is to create a welcoming, appealing, and attractive environment with whatever colors you choose.
When preparing your home for sale, an important goal is to make your buyers feel at ease. Color is one of the easiest and most dramatic ways to accomplish this by changing the feeling and perception of your home. Your purpose with color is to create a harmonic environment through the home that acknowledges a good flow between rooms.
A general rule of thumb with color is to keep it simple. Make notes of your carpet and floor colors along with accent pieces that you will be using. Choose colors that will brighten your rooms. It is good to choose a background color that can be used in every room in the house.
You do not have to use the exact same shade of background color in every room. Obtain color swatches from your local home improvement store so you can use lighter or darker shades depending on the particular room. Swatches will ensure that you are staying in the same color range.
Painting your ceilings a lighter color will give your room the appearance of being taller and more spacious. This will draw your buyers' attention away from the ceilings and to more important aspects of the room.
You can also use color to hide unappealing parts of you home that you feel maybe hamper your sale. Painting these items the same color as their surroundings will cause them to blend in and be much less noticeable. For example, heating registrants that are very noticeable will blend in better when painted the same color as your walls.
Staging you home with color can enhance the entire feel of your home. Think carefully before choosing your color and make it consistent throughout the home.