Fool-Proof Paint Colors That Will Sell Your Home
Behold the power of pigment.
Selling a home with an electric, lime green living room in 2017 is going to be more difficult than you originally anticipated. In fact, your home might sit stagnant on the market for quite some time. The reality is that paint color packs a serious punch in the real estate game.
So, which colors are going to sell your home?
Armed with results from Zillow’s 2017 Paint Color Analysis, we're dishing on the hues to use and the hues to lose before putting your house on the market. (Hint: Lime green didn’t make the list.)
The Front Door: Navy
Entry to Coastal Mudroom
As you step inside the mudroom, a cushioned bench awaits you to sit down and take off your shoes. Hooks provide a place to hang hats, scarves and coats, and woven baskets offer an additional storage option above the bench.
For a killer curb appeal and a lasting first impression, coat your front door in a neat, navy blue! This versatile, timeless shade looks beautiful with any exterior color. Bonus? Zillow reports that navy doors sold for $1,500+ more than any other hues on the market.
East Meets West
A Chinoiserie-inspired bamboo mirror and red lacquered end tables add Asian flair and a touch of drama to this otherwise traditional living room. Rich navy leather covers the modern wingbacks while a glossy coat of indigo paint on the bamboo mirror helps to tie the room and palette together. Image courtesy of CR Laine
Navy + Turquoise + Orange + Yellow
Although this palette may be a bit out there for most homes, the combo is just right for a quirky '70s houseboat whose owners lovingly restored it to its full retro hipness.
This formal entryway doesn't take itself too seriously with a classic menswear-inspired striped wallpaper complemented by a handwoven stair runner in the same palette but with a reversed pattern (white on navy, instead of navy on white). French doors, painted a bright coral, let in lots of light.
Bold horizontal navy-and-white stripes wake up this bedroom that's tight on square footage but big on style. You can DIY your way to a similar effect by first painting an accent wall white, then using painter's tape to mask off alternating 6-inch-wide bands. Use a small roller to paint the uncovered areas navy then carefully remove the tape.
Orange + Navy
As is true of all colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel, these two hues are a high-energy pairing. Using complementary colors in your decor, or even when planning a party, is always an attention grabber.
Neutral + Nautical
This relaxing bedroom illustrates how well navy blue can work as a neutral. Rather than calling attention to itself, the striped navy-and-white rug just blends in with the bedroom's muted grays and tans. To get the look, shop owner Laura Jayson mixed flea market finds with luxe Sferra linens. Learn more about this neutral meets nautical bedroom featured in HGTV Magazine.
Timeless Turquoise + Navy
Foolproof Color Combo
Navy and white — few colors go together so well and, literally, never go out of the style. Thibaut wallpaper with a scrolling floral silhouette adds a graphic touch to this sunny corner while white piping and tufted buttons give the little armless chair a buttoned-up look. Image courtesy of Thibaut
Sarah's Summer Retreat
Designer extraordinaire, Sarah Richardson, put the ever popular coastal color palette of natural linen and navy to work in her island summer home located in Ontario, Canada's Georgian Bay.
Hot Pink + Navy
In this cheery bedroom, designed by Brian Patrick Flynn, a few pops of hot pink add just the right amount of flash to the otherwise restful space. And, best of all, you can recreate this look on a bargain-hunter's budget — the nightstand is actually a small wooden table that was cut in half then attached to the wall with a wooden cleat.
Custom navy display cases frame out the entrance to this Old-World-inspired kitchen by Candelaria Design. Painting the woodwork in this dark hue, rather than standard high-gloss white, draws attention to the cases themselves and makes the white kitchen beyond feel even brighter by comparison.
The Kitchen: Gray-Blue
Gray Transitional Chef Kitchen With White Island
Shades of gray (ahem) give cool sophistication to this renovated kitchen where the walls were pushed back to create a larger space. The white island freshens up the palette and the striking herringbone backsplash adds graphic punch.
Michael Hunter Photography
Zillow reports that homes with kitchens outfitted in soft, blue or gray hues often sold for a $1809.00 premium.
The Living Room: Warm Browns
Traditional beige, oatmeal and soft taupe reign supreme in living spaces for 2017. Zillow reports homes with warm brown living room walls sold for $1,900+ more than expected.
Tan white cabinet finishes and clear glass pendants help open the former galley space of this remodeled kitchen.
Inspired by Nature
This neutral living room is inspired by nature. The curvy furnishings harmonize with the hills beyond and a subtle wallpaper is indicative of stratified soil.
A bold blue area rug pops in this otherwise neutral living room featuring tan-colored walls and furniture.
The Bedroom: Cerulean
Photographer: Christina Wedge
The report reveals that lively blues, such as cerulean or cadet blue, grants homes with a $1,856 premium.
Make a Statement
A vivid cobalt sectional delivers a declaration of style in this playful, patterned living space. Replicate the look with a bright blue sofa, tufted ottoman or arm chair and let guests know you are as design-savvy as they come.
Designer Britany Simon's use of this bold blue hue delivered a hip and high-contrast workspace for clients. Copy-cat this cobalt look to energize your home office and up productivity, all in one fell swoop.
Up the Drama
Looking to turn heads? Add some drama to your design. A few coats of cobalt are all that’s necessary to add dimension and enhance unique architectural details of a space.
Set the Tone
Use a bright color palette to evoke a playful tone in your space. A vibrant cobalt rug mimics the fun-loving energy of this contemporary dining table that doubles as a regulation ping-pong table.
We’re obsessed with the way designer Brian Patrick Flynn used the same blue hue for the walls and this vintage dresser from the 1970’s. Not only does this fresh, layered-look create tons of visual interest for the space, but it screams “design know-how”. That’s the always the end-goal, right?
Use this energized hue to tie different design styles together. The High Low Project used a pretty, patterned rug and matching cobalt walls as a contemporary compliment to a wood and leather rustic-industrial dining set.
The Bathroom: Pale Blue
Modern Coastal-Themed Bathroom From Sarah Sees Potential
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson transformed this once cramped, dated bathroom into a large, relaxing space reminiscent of a coastal beach house. She borrowed three feet of space from an extra bedroom to make room for a weathered oak vanity, freestanding volcanic limestone tub and walk-in shower with body jets and a rain shower head. Light blue wall paint and crisp white beadboard paneling add beautiful yet understated coastal character and are a fresh contrast to the dark blue marble floor tile.
Fresh, clean and soothing – pale blue is the best-selling hue for the washroom. Not convinced in the power of paint yet? Zillow reports that light blue bathrooms sold for $5,000+ more (!!) than expected.
Modern Living + Dining Room
White wash wood support beams add architectural detail to this midcentury modern living and dining room featuring light blue walls and colorful accessories.
The Dining Room: Slate
Dark, Navy Blue Walls in Contemporary Dining Room With Country Table, Spherical Chandelier and Driftwood Mirror Frame
Dark navy blue walls give a beautiful depth to this dining room design. Natural light, an open feel and white molding keep the space feeling light. A coastal, driftwood framed mirror pairs beautifully with the natural wood tabletop over white table legs. A metal sphere chandelier and black chairs finish the polished look.
A sophisticated slate-blue hue for dining room walls will sell homes for more money. Zillow reports that slate dining rooms sold for nearly $2,000 more than plain, white dining rooms.
Stunning Sitting Area
An antiqued steel and iron, marbled-topped side table serves up refreshments picnic-style to complement the blue and white gingham carpeting.
The Exterior: Greige
Light gray and warm beige marry to create the modern-day classic: greige. Zillow reports that greige-colored homes are outselling their brown or tan counterparts by $3,496.
Ivory + White + Aqua
Symmetrical homes evoke a sense of formality, elegance and heritage. Honor tradition with a lighter-colored palette rimmed by darker accents. This home softens into its surroundings, while a bright blue door spotlights the elegant architecture of the entryway. Paint colors: Churchill Hotel Ivory, Betsy's Linen and Lake Breeze by Valspar
Aqua + Royal Purple + Crisp White
Staying true to its surroundings, this large home's ocean blue color reflects the seaside nearby. Paint the front door in an unexpected saturated hue, such as royal purple, for a playful yet stylish look. Paint colors: Blue Sarong, Sultana and Pure White by Behr
Mustard Yellow + Brown + Honeysuckle White
This home gives a subtle nod to Tudor style with its brown accents but is thoroughly contemporary with a bright coat of mustard yellow. For such a statement, opt for a neutrally stained wood door. Paint colors: Classic Gold, Nugget Gold and Smooth Silk by Behr
Cool Green + Butter Yellow + Pure White
This transitional home takes a cue from its woodland setting with a cool color palette. Syncing up with nature's tones is a sure way to evoke sensations of a calm and serene abode. Paint colors: Environmental, Marsh Marigold and Ultra Pure White by Behr
Slate Gray + White + Deep Turquoise
Capture sophistication and elegance with a muted blue-gray color palette accented by white trim. The traditional front door is painted a deep navy-turquoise to complement the slate gray wood shingle siding. Paint colors: Intergalactic, Polar Bear and Deep Breath by Behr
Cheerful Yellow + Cinnamon + Pure White
Apricot + Peach Cream + Green
To create a focal point at your front door, paint your entire exterior in similar shades of one color family. In this case, neutral hues of peach direct the eye to the green front door. Paint colors: Crescent Cream, Deer Valley and Inverness by Sherwin-Williams
Canary Yellow + Soft Gray
You typically see modern style homes dressed in neutral tones, but the saturated yellow exterior of this home makes a statement. To subdue the tone, a soft gray covers most of the front exterior, while the yellow is present in smaller doses. Paint colors: Golden Yellow and Voyage by Valspar
Green + Celestial Blue + Cotton White
Make a nod to your home's environment with a color palette that matches its surroundings but still packs curb appeal. This traditional home's soft pine green base pops with an accent of sky blue and an understated creamy white door. Paint colors: Nature's Gift, Restless Sea and Twinkling Lights by Behr
Taupe + Beige + Brown + Rustic Red
This eye-catching traditional exterior is rooted into its landscape with an earthy palette of taupe, beige, brown and red. Choose muted hues for a warm, sun-baked look. Paint colors: Tavern Taupe, Pavillion Beige, Homestead Brown and Rustic Red by Sherwin-Williams
Olive Green + Oak + White
If you have a Craftsman-style home with intricate architectural details, stick to muted tones to allow your home's design to shine. Paint colors: Renwich Olive, Cut the Mustard and High Reflective White by Sherwin-Williams
Pale Blue + Natural Wood
Crab Apple + Blue Gray + Beige
Make a bold statement with warm and earthy red, a color that looks exceptional on traditional homes. Pair with a cool blue door and beige shutters for a classy all-American vibe. Paint colors: Crabby Apple, Homburg Gray and Prairie Grass by Sherwin-Williams
Prairie Brown + Gray + Yellow-Gold
Modern dwellings maintain a warm, yet minimalist vibe with a neutral palette of brown, gray and gold. The lightest brown covers the majority of this home, allowing darker accent colors to highlight the home's architectural details. Paint colors: Bay Sands, Chocolate Cherry and Winter Delta by Valspar
White Putty + Taupe + Olive Green
Classic American homes with covered front porches, stonework, stucco and steep roofs benefit from natural color palettes. This simple yet sophisticated combination of soft taupe with an accent of olive is the perfect backdrop for a colorful landscape. Paint colors: Woodrow Wilson Putty, City Arboretum and Chef White by Valspar
Clay + Bitter Chocolate Brown
Peach + Reddish Brown + Cream
Many Victorian homes showcase an explosion of colors in their exterior paint schemes. Not your style? Keep it soothing and simple: warm peach siding laced with red-tinted brown and cream trim. Paint colors: Pale Coral, Royal Liqeur and Sleek White by Behr
Sky Blue + Cream + Green-Tinted Beige
If your home's architecture has an unconventional style — like this Fixer Upper country-style home — paint the exterior in a crisp, clean white color. Keep it simple by accenting with a few natural accents. Paint color: Extra White by Sherwin-Williams
River Blue + Light Mocha
Inspired by the surrounding Utah mountains and river water, HGTV Dream Home 2012's color palette adds a modern touch to its rustic design style. Paint colors: Blue Eyes and Antique White by Valspar
Gray + White + Moss Green
White + Dark Chocolate
High-contrast landscapes call for high-contrast color palettes. This desert ranch stays cool with a white exterior and an accent of chocolate brown trim. The beauty of this color combo? Any accent color can be chosen for outdoor furniture and decorations. Paint colors: Cottage White and Divine Wine by Behr
Sunny Yellow + Turquoise
If your home's traditional exterior doesn't suit your style, spruce it up with cheerful, contrasting hues. Paint colors: Solar Energy and Tibetan Turquoise by Behr