These Paint Colors Could Increase Your Home's Value by Up to $5,000

See which paint colors offer the biggest boost to your home's sale price (and which to avoid).

Paint has the power to completely transform a room, and compared to other home remodeling projects, it's a relatively quick and inexpensive update. Depending on the color you choose, the pay-off from a few cans of paint can be huge, and if you're looking to sell your home, it could amount to a few thousand dollars.

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Research from real estate marketplace Zillow suggests that certain paint colors in home decor can increase the amount a buyer is willing to offer on a home by as much as $5,000, depending on the value of the home. Based on this analysis, which involved nearly 1,300 recent or prospective U.S. homebuyers, paint company Behr teamed up with Zillow to unveil paint color recommendations that could boost your home's value.

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Lincoln Barbour

Blue Bathroom Paint Colors

Most notably, light-blue bathrooms are a strong favorite that can result in a big return on investment for your home. Survey participants noted they'd be more interested in touring and buying a house with colors in home design that include a light blue bathroom—and willing to pay 1.6% more than expected. On a $290,000 home, that's a boost of nearly $5,000. To capitalize on this preference, Behr suggests painting your bathroom a soothing color like Ethereal Mood MQ3-52.

Editor's Tip:
Complement a blue bathroom with neutral or cool color towels like these Better Homes & Gardens Signature Soft Texture Bath Towels ($9, Walmart).

dark blue guest bedroom with moroccan-inspired colorful decor
Kim Cornelison

Blue Bedroom Paint Colors

Whether light or dark, blue proves to be one of the preferred colors in home buyers' opinions. It's shown to be a plus in primary bedrooms, where survey respondents gravitated toward deeper, moodier shades that help foster a cozy atmosphere. When used in the bedroom, dark blue paint colors like Sojourn Blue M500-5 were associated with a $1,500-increase in the home's value (based on a $290,000 home).

Editor's Tip: Use texture on bedding to balance bold wall colors. This Better Homes & Gardens Clipped Jacquard Diamond Blue Cover Duvet Cover ($50, Walmart) is a great way to add subtle texture.

gray living room with warm wood floors and modern chandelier
Suggested paint color: Silver Mine PPU26-18, Behr. Peter Molick

Neutral Living Room Paint Colors

It pays to keep things neutral when planning your palette of colors in home gathering spaces like the kitchen and living room. In the kitchen, crisp white paint colors like Polar Bear 75 could add more than $500 to your home's value, while light-gray living rooms were linked to a $200 boost in the offer price.

"Color can evoke a strong emotional and psychological response to a space," said Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative for Behr, in a press release. "Blues, grays, greens, and whites are timeless, calming colors that allow potential buyers to see a home as a fresh, clean slate. They can then picture themselves, and their personal furnishings, filling the space to make memories in years to come."

Paint Colors That Could Decrease Home Value

The Zillow report also includes paint colors that could have a negative effect on a home's perceived value. Across nearly every room, bright, boisterous hues were least attractive to the buyers surveyed. Bright red kitchens, for example, corresponded to a nearly $1,500 decrease in the average price buyers were willing to offer for the home, while buyers were least likely to want to purchase a home with a bright yellow kitchen.

Of course, choosing paint colors in home design is highly personal, and you should feel empowered to select shades you love that suit your decorating style. But if you're thinking long-term about your home's value, it might be worth opting for colors that will appeal to a wide array of potential buyers.

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