For-sale listings with cool, neutral wall colors sell for more money.

A fresh coat of paint in the right color may help sell a home for more money.

Homes with rooms painted in shades of light blue or pale blue/gray can sell for as much as $5,440 more than expected, according to a new Zillow report.

Zillow’s 2017 Paint Color Analysis looked at more than 32,000 photos from sold homes around the country to see how certain paint colors impacted their sale price on average when compared to similar homes with white walls.

Blue kitchens

Homes with blue kitchens, often found in soft gray-blue, sold for a $1,809 premium.

Light blue bathrooms

Homes with light pale blue to soft periwinkle blue bathrooms sold for $5,440 more than expected.

Brown living rooms

Turns out homes with light beige, pale taupe or oatmeal-colored living room walls sell for $1,926 more than expected.

Cadet blue bedrooms

Homes with light cerulean to cadet blue bedroom wall colors can come with a $1,856 premium.

Slate blue dining rooms

Homes with slate blue to pale gray-blue dining rooms also sold for more money — $1,926 more on average than homes with white dining room wall colors.

“Greige” home exteriors

A home’s exterior color may also have an impact on its sale price. Homes painted in “greige,” a mix of light gray and beige, sold for $3,496 more than similar homes painted in a medium brown or with tan stucco.

Navy blue front doors

For a pop of color, homes with front doors painted in shades of dark navy blue to slate gray sold for $1,514 more.

Selecting the right paint color is one of many factors that may affect why a home sells faster or for more money. Walls painted in cool neutrals like blue or gray have broad appeal, and may be signals that the home is well cared for or has other desirable features.

Some colors may actually deter buyers. Homes with darker, more style-specific walls like terracotta dining rooms sold for $2,031 less than expected. However, a lack of color may have the biggest negative impact as homes with white bathrooms sold for an average of $4,035 below similar homes. Zillow’s full report can be found here.

Selecting the right paint color is one of many factors that may affect why a home sells faster or for more money. Walls painted in cool neutrals like blue or gray have broad appeal and may be signals that the home is well cared for or has other desirable features.

Room Type

Color

Color Description (what this
color looks like in homes)

Effect (on
average, how
much more or
less the home
sold for) 

Most Common
Metro

Kitchen

Blue

Light blue to soft gray-blue

$1,809

Charlotte, NC

Kitchen

Yellow

Straw yellow to marigold

– $820

Detroit, MI

Bathroom

Blue/Purple

Light powder blue to periwinkle

$5,440

Philadelphia, PA

Bathroom

White/No Color

Off-white or eggshell white

– $4,035ii

N/A

Bedroom

Blue

Light cerulean to cadet blue

$1,856

Philadelphia, PA

Bedroom

Pink

Light pink to antique rose; often found in kids’ rooms

– $208

Houston, TX

Dining Room

Blue

Slate blue to pale gray blue; navy blue also found in dining rooms with white shiplap

$1,926

Boston, MA

Dining Room

Red

Brick red, terracotta or copper red

– $2,031

N/A

Living Room

Brown

Light beige, pale taupe, oatmeal

$1,809

Chicago, IL

Living Room

Blue

Pastel gray, pale silver to light blue, periwinkle

– $820

Baltimore, MD

Home Exterior

Gray/Brown

Greige – mix of gray and beige

$1,526

N/A

Home Exterior

Brown

Medium brown, taupe or stucco

– $1,970

N/A

Front Door

Gray/Blue

Navy blue to dark gray or charcoal

$1,514

N/A

 

About the author

ALEXA FIANDER

Alexa Fiander writes about home improvement and trends for Zillow Porchlight.

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