If you’re painting a home you plan to keep for a while, the sky’s the limit for color opportunities.
Pink princess bedroom for your daughter? Green and gold dining room? Purple shutters? Go for it!
Unfortunately, if you’re thinking of selling, an odd-colored room or distasteful exterior colors can cost you thousands of dollars.
Property-listing database Zillow combed their sales data for the last year to see what colors gave the biggest boost to a home’s value.
They published a lot of information.
This quick guide will provide some easy answers about the best and worst colors to paint each room of your home.
For many people, the kitchen is a focal point of their home.
Often prominently placed, viewed by guests and visitors, and frequently pressed into service as party central or school project headquarters.
It makes sense that people might get a little picky about what color they want in a kitchen.
Not surprisingly, this is also a room where changing colors can make a big difference in home sale value.
People prefer soft blue kitchens in 2019. You have plenty of options; colors ranging from a light powder blue to a gray-blue or slate color all raise the value of a home.
Nationally, the value of a home will go up by an average of $1,809 if the kitchen is painted soft blue.
Can’t live with a blue kitchen? Whatever you do, don’t paint your kitchen in straw or marigold.
A yellow-tinted kitchen could lower the value of your home by as much as $1,007.
Bathrooms are high-traffic areas. Most people start and end their day in their bathroom.
These rooms are intimate and private spaces, and homebuyers are looking for colors that offer such feelings.
A bathroom needs a color that looks good, doesn’t easily show scuffs and marks, and complements the relaxation of a hot bath.
Picking the right bathroom color of the utmost importance.
No other room can impact the value of your home as much as a poorly-painted or gaudy bathroom.
Discriminating buyers will pay an average of $5,440 for trendy colors like cerulean and periwinkle in the bathroom of a prospective home.
On the other hand, standard “contractor colors” like eggshell and off-white don’t just sink your bathroom value – they drown it!
Unappealing bathroom colors will lower the average sale price of a home by $4,035.
We spend every night in our bedroom. It’s no wonder that home buyers are so picky about what colors they want in a bedroom.
The most popular color for sleeping quarters in 2019 is light blue, especially cerulean or cadet blue – quite a blue trend, right?
For a blue bedroom, buyers are paying on average $1,856 above the expected market price.
There isn’t any color that seriously hurts home value; the closest thing to a bad bedroom color is pink.
Even then, the color only drops sales prices by $208, and only if the pink room is not a guest bedroom or kids’ room.
Formal dining rooms can make your home value bloom, but pick the wrong color and your resale value could burst.
Current trends are embracing dark blue and grey for the main dining room.
Brighter navy is also popular in rooms with white shiplap on the lower half of the wall.
Floor to ceiling white shiplap might sound like a Victorian hold-over, but the style is back in favor for 2019 as well.
For a desirably painted (or paneled) dining room, buyers are paying an average of $1,926 more than expected market value.
What’s out? Terracotta and other red or earthy brown tones. It just goes to show how quickly styles change; a few years ago, Tuscan-inspired dining rooms with colored terracotta or even faux-plaster were in vogue.
Now, most home buyers will offer up to $2,031 less for a home with a dining room finished that way.
Finally, we’ve flipped the blue-is-best trend! The trendy colors for living rooms, studies, and home libraries are light earth tones.
Oatmeal, pale taupe, sand, and other light brown or tan colors are hot for living rooms.
These colors will fetch you $1,809 more than average.
On the other hand, blue is out. If your living room is painted in slate, navy, or periwinkle, expect buyers to offer around $1,820 less than expected.
While lots of decorators and even realtors like to talk about exterior colors as if they were the holy grail of resale value, there isn’t any specific color that hurts market value in a big way.
With exterior paint ranging around $60 a gallon these days, the cost of totally repainting your exterior could easily exceed the boost in resale value from a trendy color.
There is a current fad towards Greige (a mix of grey and beige) exteriors, and these tend to bring $1,526 more than other colors.
While there isn’t a bad color, stucco finishes are out of favor right now; buyers are paying around $1,970 less for stucco homes.
Would you believe that just a few square feet of paint could make a $1,000 difference? Picking the right color for your front door can do exactly that.
The hot colors right now are Prussian Grey and Navy Blue; a few minutes with a brush and a pint of paint could raise your home’s resale value by $1,514.
Get Out Your Rollers!
You now have the know-how to maximize your home’s resale value.
Get your rollers out and update your home’s color scheme to match the hottest trends.
Jennifer Bell is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.