What Color Should I Paint My Walls for the Best Return?

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Painting your home is a great way to express yourself and let your personality shine through in your living space.  The colors you choose 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 right colors, the paint you choose can even increase the likelihood that your home will sell at a good 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, conisder a light shade of gray or beige.  Both of these colors help to liven up rooms by adding just a bit of color, but are neutral enough  to let each other's room accents take command.  If you want something a bit different, taupe or so-called "greige" colors (mixture of gray and beige) can also work well.  Some off-white colors, especially those with hints of brown or other warm shades, can also brighten up your rooms.  Many of these colors pair well with white or beige baseboards or trim.

Good Kitchen Colors

If you're going room by room, the kitchen is a good place to add a bit of a darker color.  Darker grays and grays mixed with darker blue shades do well in the kitchen; in fact, some reports have shown that homes with a gray-blue shade in the kitchen sell for an average of $1,800 more than similar homes with other kitchen shades.  Depending 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 a deep red or dark orange.  Just avoid going too bright with whatever color you choose.

Living Room and Bath Colors

The living area and bath 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.   Consider 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 work great, especially if they include hints of gray to keep them from being too bright.  You can even choose a bit stronger blue in the bathroom since homebuyers tend to respond well to blue there, just as long as you don't go for too bright of a shade.  

Bedroom Colors

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 colors and avoid anything that's too bright.  Giving the bedroom a splash of color in blue, green, or even red or brown can work well as long as it's not too much of a departure from the rest of the house.

Colors to Avoid

Of course, there are a few colors that you should avoid when painting your walls.  Anything too bright or garish should obviously be avoided because it could turn off potential buyers.  Black is another color to avoid, not only do many people find it depressing, but it will also be difficult for future homeowners to cover up.  Also on the list of colors to avoid - bright white.  You may think that this would give your home a clean, crisp look or make it ready for a new homeowner to customize, but whites (especially when paired with white trim) often create a clinical look that actually makes homebuyers less interested in the space.

Making the Choice

If you're still not sure which colors will work best in your home, consider bringing in an interior designer or painter to help you pick the perfect colors.  Speak with your Realtor about a home staging consultation, which can also help you with your choices.

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