Most real estate experts agree that painting the interior of your home before putting it on the market is almost always a good idea, assuming your timeline and budget allow for it.
The question then becomes what color. Light and neutral tones of grey, beige and off-white are your best bet. While these colors might seem boring, remember why you are painting – to attract more prospective buyers and higher offers. Light color schemes will make your home feel open and spacious, a blank canvas for buyers to envision as their own.
Best colors to go with
According to a Zillow survey of home buyers, room-specific choices turned up the following: (https://www.zillow.com/resources/stay-informed/2021/08/10/best-paint-colors-sell-house-2021/)
Light blue bathrooms
Home buyers love blue bathrooms. They reported they would pay 1.6% more for a bathroom with light blue walls; that’s nearly $5,000 more on a $290,000 home. Other good choices: gray, light yellow or off-white. Neutral and delicate colors inspired slightly higher offers.
Potential home buyers said they were much more likely to buy a home with white walls in the kitchen. Other good choices: Light yellow, off white, gray, dark red, and dark green. These hues inspired a little more interest in home buyers but no increase in value.
Gray living rooms
Gray walls in this room made potential home buyers more likely to tour and buy a home. Those quiet, neutral hues allowed home buyers to imagine themselves living in the space. And if they can see themselves in a home, they may be more likely to buy a home. Other good choices: light green, white, and light yellow. Light green actually inspired home buyers to pay a few hundred dollars more for a house.
Dark blue bedrooms
Think blue for bedrooms. A deep, restful shade of blue in this room dedicated to sleep made potential home buyers so happy they said they would $1,491 more for it. Research has shown that blue bedrooms walls help one sleep longer and better. Other good choices: Light blue, bright blue, forest green, light gray, and white. Home buyers paid a little more for homes with bedrooms in these hues.
Colors to avoid
To get the highest price, stay away from extreme or bright colors. Buyers need to be able to imagine their furniture and decor in your house, and if your home is painted in highly personal hues, it will likely be more challenging for them to do that. The house will feel like it belongs to you, not them.
According to the same Zillow survey, home buyers found these room-specific colors a big turn-off:
Avoid mint green kitchens
Mint green is a hot design trend but got an icy reaction from prospective buyers. Buyers may offer $1,830 less for a home with a kitchen painted this trendy hue. Other colors to avoid: Red. Red walls here may knock up to $1,500 off the amount buyers would be willing to offer, on average. Yellow can be a turnoff, too. Kitchens painted sunshine yellow did not go over well with home buyers, who called them “gross” and “really ugly.”
Avoid bright green bathrooms
Paint your bathroom bright green and you may repel sellers. Buyers tend to stay away from vibrant colors in a bathroom and prefer more neutral and calming hues in the room where they bathe and brush their teeth. Other colors to avoid: Fire engine red, bright yellow, and pink. Home buyers said they are less likely to tour or buy a house with bathrooms painted these hues.
Avoid blue living rooms
Blue walls here only lowered a home price by an average of $189, but bright blue was the most polarizing color tested. Some prospective homeowners loved it, others loathed it. Homebuyers surveyed also noticed when any room in a house clashed with the rest of the home, suggesting that home sellers should pick wall colors that complement the other rooms in the home. Other colors to avoid: pink, bright green, bright yellow. Many home buyers said they didn’t even want to tour homes with those hues on the walls, much less buy them. And get this: bright green and bright yellow living rooms actually decreased the price home buyers were willing to pay.
Finish matters as well as color
Once you have chosen the right paint hues, pay attention to the paint finish you choose, too. Matte (or flat) finish paint does an excellent job of hiding imperfections in walls and give a smoother look. For ceilings, use a flat white paint to hide imperfections and reflect light, making the room look bigger and brighter. A satin finish paint is great for trim, molding, and door jambs. That shiny paint will make the room look more modern and clean. But eggshell or satin finish paints tend to have a different effect on walls, highlighting every flaw and making them look older and more worn.
RE/MAX Metro realtor Estelia Mesimer says most interior paint jobs consist of three major components – the walls, ceilings and trim. When you are painting your home to sell, it is important things to consider speed and quality.
Professional painters will get the job done faster and make it look great. As skilled as you think you are, Estelia says professional painters are better and will do the job right the first time!
Estelia Mesimer: RE/MAX Metro: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas County
Bottom Line: When people first step foot in your home, the color of your walls can leave a negative first impression or it can wow them with classic simplicity. Paint is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to upgrade your home and get it sell-ready.
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