Best Paint Colors for Selling Your Home

Jason Belangoy
Jason Belangoy
Published on February 13, 2018
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According to Zillow, there are particular paint colors that are more likely to sell a house.  The findings were compiled from an analysis of over 32,000 photos of residential properties that were sold.  Interestingly enough, homes painted ‘greige,’ a shade between light gray and beige, tended to sell for about $3500 more than similar homes in brown or tan.  Of course, some would argue that paint color doesn’t matter — because the new homeowner has the freedom to redecorate and repaint the house when he or she buys it.  Maybe even add some wallpaper or art to fashion the house to their tastes, right?  Well, although that seems the logical thing, in fact, the numbers regarding sales prices would indicate instead that paint color does indeed have some bearing on whether a home would sell or not — and at what price.  So if you want your home to be quickly purchased from the market, consider investing in those paint colors that appeal to homebuyers.  Read further for some suggestions.

The Front Door.  Of course, the front door will be in plain sight of homebuyers, so you’ll want to pay close attention to that.  Otherwise, the front door’s paint color might frighten potential buyers off, even before they step inside for a look-see.  Zillow’s research found that front doors painted a Gray/Blue (from Navy Blue to Dark Gray or Charcoal) sold for $1500 more on average.

The Living Room.  The living room will be where you will entertain family and guests.  And, for the most part, some guests might never see anything beyond the living room, so it’s important to have a living room painted in such way as to seem inviting and hospitable.  What works then as the ideal living room paint color?  Zillow advises against blue (pastel gray, pale silver to light blue, or periwinkle) because the blue spectrum in the living room seems to decrease a home’s value, selling on average about $820 less.  Instead, choose a living room paint color of light beige, pale taupe, or oatmeal — for those hues allowed a home to sell for more that $1800 on average.

The Dining Room.  After the living room, the next popular room in the house to entertain guests is, of course, the dining room.  Hence, Zillow suggests to avoid any red (brick red, terracotta, or copper red) paint colors for dining room walls, for those meant a house would sell about $2100 less on average.  That is unlike the more favored dining room paint color of blue (slate blue to pale gray blue, navy blue dining rooms with white shiplap), which sold for about $2000 more on average.

The Kitchen.  Alright, so some guests who happen to be in the dining room will eventually find themselves wandering into the kitchen — it’s just the nature of any soiree or gathering that involves food.  So what’s the best color for a kitchen?  Apparently it is blue once more (light blue to soft gray-blue), because homes with this paint color for a kitchen sold about $2000 more on average.

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Bathrooms.  Understandably, guests will need to use the bathrooms, so what’s a good color for an appealing bathroom?  Well, again, it is blue (light powder blue to periwinkle) — because a house with bathrooms in this paint color spectrum sold for $5500 more on average!

Bedrooms.  This category is very important for potential homebuyers.  Zillow’s research revealed that pink (light pink, to antique rose) bedrooms often sold for way less than homes that did not have pink bedrooms.  Rather, the better choice for paint color in bedrooms is — you guessed it — blue yet again, especially light cerulean to cadet blue.  Homes with the more appealing bluish bedrooms frequently sold at about $2000 more than average.

 

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