Painting your home is an incredible way to express yourself and let your personality shine through in your space. The colors you select for your rooms can really bring them to life in ways that few other changes can.
However, a fresh coat of paint can do more than just give your rooms some personality. With the ideal colors, the paint you choose can even increase the likelihood that your house will sell at a fantastic price when you put it on the market. To maximize this effect, there are a few colors you should consider (and a few you should avoid.)
Picking the Right Color
If you’re looking for a good color to apply throughout the house, consider a light shade of gray or beige. Both of these colors help to liven up rooms by adding just a little bit of color but are neutral enough to allow each room’s other accents take command.
If you want something a little different, taupe or so-called”greige” colors (combinations of gray and beige) can also work well. Some off-white colors, especially those with traces of brown or other warm shades, can also brighten up your rooms. Many of these colors pair well with baseboards and trim.
Good Kitchen Colors
If you are going room by room, the kitchen is a fantastic place to add a bit of darker color. Darker grays and grays mixed with darker blue shades do well in the kitchen.
Based on the size of your kitchen and the amount of wall that’s actually visible behind the cabinets and appliances, you may be able to get away with hotter colors such as red or dark orange. Just avoid going too glowing with whatever color you select.
Living Room and Bath Colors
The living area and bathroom both benefit from more neutral shades such as beige and gray, but that doesn’t mean you can’t change things up in some cases. Think about the flooring and other fixtures as well as the amount of natural light that comes into the room and look at colors that take advantage of what’s already there.
Light green, blue or brown can sometimes do the job wonderfully, especially if they include hints of gray to keep them from becoming too bright. You can even choose a bit stronger blues in the bathroom as homebuyers tend to respond well to blue there, just so long as you don’t go for too bright of a shade.
Blue is a popular bedroom color, especially in shades such as cerulean. There are several bold color choices that you can get away with in the bedroom, however. Don’t go crazy with the bedroom colors and avoid anything that’s too bright — but giving the bedroom a splash of color from blue, green or even red or brown can do the job well so long as it’s not too much of a departure from the rest of the house.
Colors to Avoid
There are, of course, a few colors that you ought to avoid when painting your walls. Anything overly bright or garish should be avoided since it could turn off potential buyers. Black is another color to avoid; not only do many folks find it depressing, but it will also be difficult for future homeowners to pay up.
Also on the list of colors to avoid? Bright white. You might feel that this would give your home a clean look or make it ready for a new homeowner to customize, but bright whites (especially when paired with white trim) often create a clinical look that actually makes buyers less interested in the space.
Making the Choice
If you are not sure which colors will work best in your home, consider bringing in an interior designer or painter to help you pick the perfect hue