Please tell us about dated colors, new colors and the worst colors to paint the rooms when preparing your home for sale.

Q: Dottie, please tell us about dated colors, new colors and the worst colors. Shannon

A: Safety colors like gray and beige are getting tiresome so homeowners are starting to add pop to social areas like the living room with more lively colors like burnt orange and coral. You can’t go wrong with a color scheme if you start by pulling colors from the largest pattern piece in the room, whether it be artwork or a rug. Whichever colors you choose, don’t go overboard with offensively bright colors like lemon yellow and bring in elements of glass and metal to enhance the colors of a room.Birmingham