Applying a fresh coat of paint is an easy, cost-effective way to give your home an instant upgrade and off the market in no time. But not all paint colors are created equal. If your goal is to sell your house for top dollar, you may want to reconsider your paint palette.
To take the guesswork out of choosing the right paint colors, we chatted with several realtors to get their professional opinions. Here are the colors that can help sell your house.
1. Eggshell or light gray walls with darker crown moldings
If you live in a newer home or would like to give your older home a much needed update, you can’t go wrong with eggshell or light gray walls with a darker color on the crown moldings, said Amber Mehmedovic, realtor at West and Main in Denver, Colorado.
“This paint color combo draws attention to the ceilings and can make any room appear larger,” she said.
Gray walls and darker crown moldings are a new trend that can give your home a fresh edge. Before you commit, make sure you repair any cracks, dents or nail holes in your moldings first. Then, use a high-quality primer and enamel brush with flagged tips to ensure a smooth finish.
2. Greige in any room
Greige is a blend of beige and gray that can match any piece of furniture or décor — making it a very appealing color for buyers.
“Sherwin Williams makes a color called Agreeable Gray that falls into the greige category and works well with most accompanying color palettes. Alabaster is another popular choice in this category as well,” said Rae Dolan, realtor at Champions Real Estate Group in Katy, Texas.
Greige walls can make it easy for buyers to envision their own items in your home. It’s a more neutral look that is compatible in most homes, regardless of shape or size.
3. Gray and deep blue gray for the exterior
One of the best ways to boost curb appeal is to paint your home’s exterior. It’s essential to choose the right tone because it can be the deciding factor for buyers to step foot in your house.
Gray tones can really make your home “pop” without being overbearing. “A great exterior color is Benjamin Moore Copley Gray. I also suggest a deep blue gray,” said Shelly Wilson, realtor at RE/MAX Advanced Realty in Plainfield, Indiana.
The best way to test an exterior color is painting test splotches on the north and south side of your house. That way you can see how the color looks in various lighting conditions.
Don’t want to paint your entire exterior gray? No problem! You can keep your main color as is and paint the shutters, doors and trim to add some contrast.
4. Yellow in the kitchen
The kitchen is said to be the heart of the home. It’s where we cook, eat and make special memories with our family and guests. Making a bright and open kitchen important for most buyers.
“No matter what type of kitchen you have, a pale or bright yellow [color] can brighten it up and give it a cheerful, welcoming vibe,” explained Tom Lowy, realtor at Keller Williams in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Yellow can be particularly ideal for smaller kitchens, as it can make it feel bigger.
5. Off white in the bathroom
An off white paint color can do wonders for any bathroom. It’s a light neutral that can give buyers a sense of starting fresh.
“I recommend off-white as it can make any bathroom appear larger and create a tranquil feeling,” said Sadika Mrkulic, licensed real estate sales agent at DJK Residential in New York City, NY.
If you’d like, you can complement an off-white bathroom with accent colors like navy blue, moss green or even a dramatic black. These colors can give your bathroom a trendy look without going overboard on color.
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Correction: Shelly Wilson is a realtor at Re/MAX Advanced Realty in Plainfield, Indiana, not Plainfield, Illinois. Policygenius regrets this error