The average exterior paint job costs about $2,672, while interior paint costs $1,748, making a fresh coat of paint a fairly inexpensive way to refresh the look of your home. But choose the wrong shade, and you could wind up regretting it later. Paint your home with a weird color either inside or out, and buyers might turn up their noses, even though repainting is a relatively easy fix.
Designers might love bold shades, such as deep turquoise, chinoiserie red, and dark plum, but many homebuyers are a bit more conservative with their color preferences. When Zillow analyzed photos of more than 32,000 recently sold homes, it found those with rooms painted in certain colors tended to command higher selling prices than those with plain white walls. Other shades seemed to drag down a home’s selling price.
So what colors did buyers love? Various shades of blue, from periwinkle to navy, were popular in most — but not all — rooms in a house.
“Color can be a powerful tool for attracting buyers to a home, especially in listing photos and videos,” said Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s chief economist. “Painting walls in fresh, natural-looking colors, particularly in shades of blue and pale gray not only make a home feel larger, but also are neutral enough to help future buyers envision themselves living in the space.”
Buyer might love blue, but they had a much cooler reaction to other colors. Before you grab the paintbrush, check out this list of the worst colors to paint your home and what to choose instead.
Don’t: Paint your home’s exterior brown
- What it will cost you: $1,970
Brown is boring, at least when it comes to your home’s exterior. Homes with a medium brown, taupe, or tan stucco paint job sold for $1,970 less than homes with a white exterior, Zillow found.
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