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The colors you choose to decorate your space with can deeply affect the way you feel about your home. So it comes as no surprise that research shows that our paint color choices can also affect the way potential buyers feel about our homes.
Certain colors tend to be either universally appealing or unpopular. A 2021 Zillow survey of over 1000 home shoppers showed that choosing the right shades in your home can pay off big-time.
Decreasing the Value of Your Home Using Color
1. Slate Gray
In the past decade, gray has reigned king of the neutrals in home design. It’s generally popular across the board, but it’s important to take care when choosing which shade of gray you put on your walls. The wrong choice could swing your sale price by more than $1000 in either direction!
The undertones in the shade you choose can make a huge impact on the overall feeling of a room. Homeowners who painted their dining room walls a dark, cooler shade of gray saw an average decrease of over $1000 in the sale price of their homes, while the use of a brighter, warmer shade of gray in main living spaces brought in approximately $1000 more!
This one might surprise you. The same study discovered that the seemingly safe off-white color family was rather off-putting to home buyers. “White” paint is so much more than just white, making it one of the more difficult shades to choose.
Going with a shade with too much yellow, for instance, can make spaces look drab and dingy. Buyers tend to be turned off by the wrong white shades – particularly in kitchens.
Once a very popular paint choice, terracotta has fallen out of home buyers’ good graces. This bold and warm color choice can be a turn-off to potential home buyers. The Zillow study indicated that homes with terracotta-colored living rooms even had a final sale price of less than the expected value.
4. Dark Brown
The color of mud and tobacco, dark brown has become almost universally an unappealing color when used in home decor. You can expect a decrease in your sale price when a buyer has to cover and repaint this heavy shade.
Don’t believe us? European governments use this color in combination with unsettling images on cigarette packs to make the product less appealing in an effort to deter smoking.
Adding Value to Your Home Using Color
Now that we’ve discussed what poor color choices can do for the sale of your home, let’s talk about the colors that can add value! Most realtors suggest a fresh coat of paint when getting ready to sell your home, and what you choose can make a world of difference. According to research, these are the shades that you should consider using for interior painting throughout your home before you list:
Another surprise on the list is purple. This regal shade invokes feelings of creativity, peace, wealth, and tranquility. A lovely lavender bathroom or mauve bedroom may just increase the value of your home by over $1000!
It may not be the most exciting color, but this neutral is universally appealing. You can go with warmer oatmeal shades or cooler beige shades. Whatever you choose, the Zillow study shows that you’re likely to see an increase in your sale price.
A soft, buttery yellow in your home can attract buyers and increase the value of your home by over $1000, the Zillow analysis found. Try a nice yellow with a crisp white trim in your kitchen for a classic color combination that buyers love.
Choosing the right shade of green in your home can attract buyers. This color invites feelings of health and new beginnings. If you are going to use it in a bedroom, focus on light, soft shades of green rather than one that is too bright or heavy. Using the right green color can increase your home’s sale price by over $1500!
5. Light Gray
Light gray is the new beige. Most buyers find a soft, hazy shade of dove gray so appealing that you could increase the sale price of your home by more than $1,100. Color can change the tone of everything in your home. So choose your color palette wisely, and have fun painting
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Adding new paint colors to your home is an easy way to bring new life and style to a space. However, choosing paint colors for your home can be intimidating for the novice interior designer. With so many shades and finishes on the market, as well as ever-changing trends, it can seem impossible to make the right choice. Keeping a few simple tips in mind while paint shopping can help you create the perfect color palette for your home.
Determine the Mood
Paint color can be used to cultivate a specific mood in a space. Bright colors can lift the energy of a space, making them a great choice for spaces where people gather, such as kitchens, living rooms, and dining rooms. Cool tones like blues, aqua colors, or greens have the opposite effect and can calm the energy of a space. These shades work well in relaxing spaces like bedrooms and bathrooms.
To add sophistication to any color, opt for a shade with gray undertones. You can also select a neutral color palette with classic natural shades like beige, taupe, or warm grays that work well in any room of the house. With a neutral wall color, you can introduce pops of color with linens and accent decor.
Consider the Room Size
Generally speaking, light colors can make a space appear bigger. If the room you are painting is small, avoid a bold or bright color, which will make the room feel even smaller. Instead, choose a crisp white or other soft tone, which will make the room seem open and airy.
Conversely, use darker, richer colors to make a large space feel more intimate. These colors create an illusion that draws the wall inward and gives a cozier feel to the space. This effect is emphasized when the trim in the space is painted a lighter, contrasting color.
Evaluate Your Natural Light
Paint swatches in stores are often displayed under harsh fluorescent lighting, and colors will likely look very different in your home. Before committing to a color in-store, bring the swatch or sample home to see how it looks in the space. If your room lacks natural light, go for a lighter shade to keep the space bright. Bold or darker shades will work well in rooms with abundant sunlight.
The directionality of your space’s light can also affect how a color will look in a room. North-facing rooms get less direct sunlight throughout the day and can benefit from a warmer paint color. South-facing rooms experience the opposite effect, and bold colors can be too intense in these spaces. East-facing rooms lack warmth in the evening light and look great in warmer tones, and west-facing rooms can be toned down with cool colors.
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A home remodeling guide and contractor liaison website called Flixr surveyed 200 influencers and interior design experts to determine what colors will help your home sell in 2021. Using that report as a template, we’ve compiled a list of paint colors we recommend (and don’t recommend) to make painting your home that much easier. / to help sell your home in the new year.
Kitchens should be warm grey or white, according to the Flixr report. We recommend Benjamin Moore in Revere Pewter or Simply White, and Sherman Williams in Pure White or Agreeable Gray. Try to avoid warm colors, like reds, oranges, and yellows, as they can make you more hungry and the room seem hot. Dark greys in the kitchen, especially one with no windows, can make the space unwelcoming and stipulate depression.
Avoid browns in the living room; they can make to room appear drab and smaller than it is. Flixr recommends white for the living room, and our picks include Benjamin Moore in White Dove or Chantilly Lace and Sherman Williams in Snowbound or Greek Villa.
The Flixr survey indicated that white or taupe are going to be popular colors in the new year, and we recommend Farrow and Ball in All White and Behr in Creamy Mushroom. Don’t use red and purple in the bedroom – red for the same reasons to avoid it in the kitchen, and purple because it’s the least conducive to a good night’s rest.
White in the bathroom is an absolute no. White shows stains easily, and the bathroom is easily the grossest room in the house. The bathroom is the room to go bold and show your “true colors”, as well as lightening the while home. Flixr found that this year, pale blue is the color to go for in this room. Try Farrow and Ball in Skylight or Sherman Williams in Moonmist.
Flixr recommends white or grey for the outside of your home. Benjamin Moore in Cedar Key or Grey Owl and Sherman Williams in Extra White, Shoji White, or Alabaster are all great options to consider for your color palette. Brown and yellow are the colors to avoid here; yellow because it fades the look of your house, brown because it makes your house appear dull and boring, and both of them decrease the value of your home over time.
Overall, Flixr found that cool neutral tones, like white, grey, beige, and taupe, are the way to go when repainting your house when you plan on selling this year. Avoid mixing green and brown in any room, and use pink sparingly as an accent.