Home Staging Paint Colors – Befores & Afters

I often finish work with clients who come back into my life a few years down the road when they purchase a different home. C. is a client I have never met in person – I first helped her decorate and choose paint colors for her home via online consultation, then she hired me again to advise her on staging her home to sell. It sold quickly, and she hired me a third time to choose interior and exterior paint colors for a new home.

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About a month ago, she emailed me to let me know they were moving again! Here’s the email:

Hi Kristie!

I never sent you pictures of the outside after we finished painting. We are however selling our house again. I’m attaching the Zillow listing for you to see along with the old pictures just so you can see the difference. Also, I used the knowledge that I got from you last time and your book to stage.
I’m looking forward to taking your course in the near future.
I absolutely LOVE getting “after” photos from clients when I am not able to see the finished product in person! I wanted to share them with you so you can see what a huge difference paint color can make in home staging, and that staging paint colors don’t have to be boring. I hope you enjoy these, and I have a favor to ask at the end of this post!

entry before


blue ceiling by The Decorologist, Kristie Barnett


dining room before



living room before






kitchen before



soothing staging paint colors


master bedroom before




exterior before


white painted brick by Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist


Is it any surprise her house was under contract in 2 days???

For the last 14 + years, I’ve worked with many homeowners and Realtors, staged all kinds of homes, wrote a book about professional staging, started a home staging training company, created products to help stagers improve their skills, and trained and mentored 175+ professional stagers from across North America. I recently learned that I was nominated for an award for influential people in the field of home staging:


If you are reading my blog, my hope is that I’ve influenced you in some way! If that’s the case, I would so appreciate your vote! Anyone can vote, and it’s super-easy to do. Click here to vote.

If you need to find an Expert Psychological Stager in your area, I can help you! Click here for my list of trained and approved EPS™ stagers.

Thank you so much, and have a great week!

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43 thoughts on “Home Staging Paint Colors – Befores & Afters

  1. Sunny Penner Cox says:

    Voting all done! This is a beautiful, peaceful, carefully-considered color scheme. Like a breath of fresh air. Befores & afters ARE great – sp rewarding to look back & see the hard work paying off. And can’t help but notice that the lighting is so much better. Kristie, with all the rapidly changing technology, would you consider doing a refresher post on how lighting affects paint color? Maybe which types of bulbs show off the results that make it all seem worthwhile?

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Thank you so much, Sunny! I will put lighting/light bulbs on my list of things to discuss in a future post. In the meantime, there are lots of LED bulbs that look like regular old incandescent bulbs, but be sure to get “soft white,” not daylight (too bright and a bit blue).

      • Susan Erwin says:

        It’s the color temperature, rated in Kelvins, that indicates the coolness or warmth of a light bulb. There are plenty of LED’S available in today’s market to give the end user the proper color temperature (the trick is to look to a professional for advice, not your local big box store😉). A home should never use a light bulb any cooler than 3000K. Tip: the lower the Kelvin temperature, the warmer the bulb. The higher the Kelvin temperature, the cooler the bulb. If you use the proper Kelvin temperature, the paint colors should be rendered properly. Another factor is the CRI (color rendering index) of the bulb. You want it to be as close to 100 as possible. A rating of 100 means that color is rendered 100% properly. Very few, if any, bulbs are rated 100. A rating of 90 or greater is considered excellent.

        • Kristie Barnett says:

          Thank you for this great information, Susan!!! I will start paying attention to the CRI of the bulbs, for sure – 90 or greater. What would be the “ideal” Kelvin temperature to get the proper paint color rendering?

      • Susie says:

        I’m glad to see you recommend soft white. I recently attended an open house with a local “stager” who told all the realtors to use the daylight bulbs. I personally hate the look of those bulbs, but everyone else there lapped up her advice.

  2. Nancy says:

    Question: can you describe how the kitchen backsplash was changed? Paint? Different tile? Beautiful -all of it. ESP the exterior!!

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Thanks, Nancy. The backsplash was changed out for white subway tile. They kept the existing countertops, but they removed the backsplash portion of the countertop material. It looks so much fresher, doesn’t?

  3. Laura P. says:

    Hi Kristie, Happy to vote for you! Hope you win.
    What a wonderful transformation with paint, some new lighting, and tiles! Every room looks so fresh. I’m not surprised the house is already pending!

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Because this was a custom color palette she hired me to select for her specific situation and existing finishes, I can’t share the exact colors. I hope you understand!

  4. Mary S says:

    A lot of people have that color of wood cabinets and it’s nice to see that the soft grey works so nicely! It was a beautiful house before, even nicer now! Yes, Kristi, do discuss light bulbs, lol! The selection nowadays is overwhelming. A few years ago, my husband bought a whole bunch of those horrid pinkish light curly things. I said, nope, and he happily uses them in his basement shop, thank God!

        • Jennifer Baker says:

          Oh so sorry, I just meant I get overwhelmed with all the toilet choices on the market today (like the lightbulb situation discussed above). As I was reading the comments in regards to the confusion of all the different lightbulbs available, it reminded me that last time I was at Lowe’s looking for a new toilet, I was overwhelmed and confused as to what I should purchase. I want to replace the toilets in our home – they are 14 years old – and I could not believe all the choices available to choose from. I had the same situation when I headed to pick up specialty bulbs for a new chandelier – so confusing!! 🙂

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Thank you so much, Sheri! I’m not currently doing any virtual client consultations, but have done many over the years when I needed to be home more with my kids. As tricky as they can be long distance, they have been very successful and rewarding. Do you ever do consultations virtually, Sheri?

  5. Susie says:

    Lovely transformation! It is no wonder it sold so quickly. It was peaceful and very neutral, I’m sure buyers loved it.

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