Painting your home is a great way to express yourself and let your personality shine through in your living 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 offer your rooms some personality. With the ideal colors, the paint you choose can also increase the likelihood that your house will sell at a fantastic price when you put it to the market. To maximize this effect, there are a few colors you should think about (and a few you should avoid.)
Choosing the Right Color
If you’re searching for a good color to apply throughout the house, think about a light shade of gray or beige. Both of these colors help liven rooms by adding just a bit of color but are neutral enough to allow each room’s other accents take command.
If you want something a bit different, taupe or so-called “greige” colors (mixes 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 white or beige baseboards and trim.
Great Kitchen Colors
If you’re going room by room, the kitchen is a good place to add a bit of darker color. Darker grays and grays blended with darker blue shades do well from the kitchen; in fact, some reports have shown that homes with a gray-blue shade in the kitchen market for an average of $1800 more than similar homes with other kitchen shades.
Depending upon 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 warmer colors such as deep 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 neutral shades such as beige and gray, but that doesn’t mean that 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 traces of gray to keep them from becoming too bright. You can even choose a bit stronger blues in the bathroom as homebuyers tend to react 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 options that you can get away with in the bedroom, though. Don’t go crazy with the bedroom colors and avoid anything that’s too bright — but giving the bedroom a splash of color in blue, black, green or even reddish or brown can do the job well so long as it is 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 too bright or garish must obviously be avoided since it could turn off potential buyers. Black is another color to avoid; not just do many people find it depressing, but it will also be difficult for future homeowners to cover up. Also among the list of colors to avoid?
Bright white. You might believe that this could give your home a clean look or make it ready for a new homeowner to personalize, but glowing whites (especially when paired with white trim) often create a clinical appearance that actually makes buyers less interested in the space.