Tone Down the Colors

The Designed to Sell team changes overly crimson walls and a circus-themed kitchen into a neutrally-colored, buyer-friendly home.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis couple needs to sell their Washington D.C. home so they can move closer to family.
Trevor Myers and Yell Inverso are looking to sell their 1950s Washington D.C. row house so they can move to Pennsylvania to be closer to their family. Located in a trendy section of northeast D.C., this classic home boasts a formal dining room, eat-in kitchen and spacious master bedroom. The only problem is color –– there’s way too much of it!

Real estate expert Shirley Mattam-Male stops by to lend her professional opinion. She finds plenty of positives features in the home until she gets to the dining room. The deep-red walls are overwhelming and do nothing to highlight the room’s beautiful architectural details. The kitchen is the room that can make or break the sale of a house, and this one's Mardi Gras colors are sure to break it. Mattam-Male loves the doors, windows and hardwood floor in the master bedroom, but the wallpaper has been painted bright red and it is starting to peel. This is sure to be a turn off for potential buyers.

Designer Taniya Nayak agrees with Mattam-Male’s critique and has a $2,000 design plan that will fill this home with neutral, buyer-friendly colors.

Step 1: In the dining room, tone down the walls and play up the positives.
Step 2: Add some much-needed counter space in the kitchen and get rid of the crazy color palette.

Step 3: Peel off the painted-over wallpaper in the master bedroom and replace it with soothing colors.

Talented contractors John Allen and Matt Steele know just how to execute the plan that will get this house sold quickly.