Fool-Proof Paint Colors That Will Sell Your Home

Behold the power of pigment.



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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

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.

Photo by: Jacob Snavely

Jacob Snavely

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.

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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

Coral + Navy

This enameled box topped with glittering coral and shells is right at home in a luxurious Jamaican villa designed by celebrity designer Charles Faudree.

From: Charles Faudree

Photo By: Photo Credit: Jenifer Jordan © Gibbs Smith, Charles Faudree Interiors, Charles Faudree, Jenifer Jordan (photographer)

A Welcoming Hue

This classic blue color is a fresh way to bring in a timeless shade that is versatile and pairs with a variety of styles. Balance this bold wall color with crisp, white trim and white architectural details.

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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.

Fun Foyer

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.

From: John Lyle

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Playful Stripes

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.

Ready for Play

Not only does navy blue pair well with most colors, it's the perfect choice for gender-neutral spaces, like this sunny kids' room designed by Lauren Leonard.

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.

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Timeless Turquoise + Navy

Although we typically think of these two colors as beachy hues, this elegant dining room papered in a scrolling pattern from French company Mauny is far from appearing coastal.

From: Sallie Giordano

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

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.

Wordly Look

Navy blue goes global in the Ikat draperies and Moroccan-inspired side table that designer Linda Woodrum chose for the 2014 HGTV Smart Home great room.

Photo By: Eric Perry © 2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Classic Kitchen

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.

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The Kitchen: Gray-Blue

Gray Transitional Chef Kitchen With White Island

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.

Photo by: Michael Hunter Photography

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 taupe turns heads in this stylish sitting room. Design by Jenny Norris.

Photo by: Jenny Norris

Jenny Norris

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.

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Toasty Tan Color Palette

This versatile neutral features a hint of yellow and adds warmth to any space. In this room, wood elements, a gold pillow and dark accents blend in effortlessly against the tan-colored walls.

Work of Art

Tan walls are a serene blank canvas against which colorful works of art can stand out.

Natural Beauty

Tan wallpaper frames a wall of windows overlooking the Santa Monica Mountains.

Photo By: Jeffery Biebuyck & Dana Olmes

Dreamy Kitchen

Beautiful tan cabinets fill this traditional kitchen and neutral subway tile serves as the backsplash.

From: Dave Stimmel

Neutral Tones

This guest bedroom is pure elegance with its tan color scheme with light purple accents.

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.

Blue Accent

A bold blue area rug pops in this otherwise neutral living room featuring tan-colored walls and furniture.

Stylish Playroom

A white and tan patterned area rug softens this children’s playroom.

Photo By: Rachel Whyte

Sophisticated Space

This outdoor living room has an elegant feel and sophisticated look while also being a relaxing space.

The Bedroom: Cerulean

Baby Blue Bedroom With Upholstered Headboard, Patterned Curtains and Subtle Orange Accents

Baby Blue Bedroom With Upholstered Headboard, Patterned Curtains and Subtle Orange Accents

We can see why sky blue is a best seller in this swoon-worthy space. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn.

Photo by: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photographer: Christina Wedge

The report reveals that lively blues, such as cerulean or cadet blue, grants homes with a $1,856 premium.

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Cobalt Blue Color Palette

Who wouldn’t want to grow up in this bright blue, stripe-clad bedroom? A cobalt blue color palette is perfect for kids’ room because of its serious style staying-power. This shade will look fresh and new, long after the kiddos have outgrow their bunkbeds.

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.

Bold Backsplash

What’s worse than bland food in a kitchen? A bland backsplash! This bright blue subway tile is anything but, and delivers striking contrast against an otherwise white-on-white kitchen.  

Photo By: Francisco Aguila

Work It

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.

Add Personality

Saturated walls shine in this romantic master bedroom designed by Joanna Gaines. Crisp, white bedding pair with handcrafted furniture for an understated elegance, while bold blue walls grant the space a pop of personality.

Photo By: Rachel Whyte

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. 

Small Space, Big Impact

Don’t overlook the small spaces in your home — make them count! Use this pretty powder-room as your muse. A bold blue, patterned wallpaper will leave a lasting impression on guests and add to the overall wow-factor of your home.

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

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. 

Layer It

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? 

Mix Styles

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

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.

From: Sarah Sees Potential

Photo by: Stacey Brandford

Stacey Brandford

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.

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Powder Blue Color Palette

Cool and chic, this light shade of blue works with practically any color palette. Combine with slightly darker shades of blue, tan and white to create a fresh living room.

Blue Ceiling

This kitchen is a study in elegant dark and light tones accented with shiny metal that adds a sophisticated touch.

Green + Blue

Light blue walls contrast perfectly against the wood elements and green countertop in this mid-century modern kitchen.

Blue Kitchen

Soft blue cabinetry add depth to this bright, light kitchen and over-scale pendant lights balance the scale of the large island.

From: Jamie House

Serene Living Room

Light blue walls evoke an airy atmosphere in this transitional living room.

Blue Bedroom

This children’s bedroom features an iron bed with a lively color scheme of blues, greens and white.

Stylish Sideboard

A light blue painted sideboard contains Italian lamps and a gilded frame in the dining room.

From: Charles Faudree

Photo By: Photo Credit: Jenifer Jordan

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.

Calming Color Palette

A calming neutral color palette helps to push back the walls in this small bedroom and adds a collection of small mirrors to bounce light around the room.

Cool Blue Room

Cool blue tones flow from the piece above the mantle, inspiring this laid-back palette.

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 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.

Photo by: Chipper Hatter

Chipper Hatter

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.

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Slate Blue Color Palette

This navy blue alternative is absolutely stunning whether applied in small doses or throughout an entire room. In this bedroom, a pink side table adds the perfect pop of color against the slate blue-colored walls and white and brown accents help to anchor the space.

Framed Art

Jazz up a sitting area by adding a picture-perfect gallery against a dark blue wall.

Classic Sitting Area

Updated versions of classic Americana pieces give this room a modern country feel.

Luxe Home Office

This luxe home office features dark blue walls and garlands decorated with fresh limes on wires.

Photo By: David Christensen

Beach Living

Fresh paint and furniture help bring this beach balcony to life.

Blue Entryway

An antique wood console table against a blue colored-wall graciously greets those who enter through the front door and creates a formal entry space.

Unique Kitchen Color

Think outside the usual kitchen colors and try a darker shade of blue for your cabinets and storage areas.

Photo By: Eric Perry

Mix and Match

In a child's bedroom, try matching blue walls to the sheets used on the bed.

Blue + White

Metallic headboards in this guest bedroom pop against the navy and white walls.

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

Charming Craftsman Home

Charming Craftsman Home

We can all agree: this Craftsman is gorgeous in 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.

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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

Photo 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

A modern beach house warms in the sun with a custard yellow glow, grounded by a cinnamon stick front door. Pure white accents on the windows contribute to the crisp and clean vibe. Paint colors: Roasted Corn, Artisan and Ultra Pure White by Behr

Photo By: Behr

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

Photo 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

Photo 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

Photo 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

Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines gave this home's outdated brick exterior an update with blue-green paint. The dark wood trim provides an eye-catching contrast. Paint color: Something Blue by Sherwin-Williams

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

Photo 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

Photo 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

Photo By: Valspar

Clay + Bitter Chocolate Brown

Gain inspiration for your color palette from your home's materials. This Southwest-style home uses tones of natural clay and dark brown, as seen in the natural stone and woodwork. Paint colors: Bonsai Pot and Sweet Molasses by Behr

Photo By: Behr

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

Photo By: Behr

Beige + Cream + Deep Blue

Spanish-style homes make a statement with accent colors. In this case, a warm navy blue picks up watery tones of the home's lap pool. Paint colors: Dhurrie Beige, Kestrel White and Rainstorm by Sherwin-Williams

Photo By: Sherwin-Williams

Sky Blue + Cream + Green-Tinted Beige

Show off the texture of exterior siding with a bold color choice such as sky blue trimmed with cream and beige. On cloudy days, your house will be the brightest on the block. Paint colors: Labradorite, Nacre and Artifact by Sherwin-Williams

Photo By: Sherwin-Williams

Simply White

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

A Craftsman bungalow home beckons visitors inside with a warm, neutral palette in gray and white. The porch pops with a painted carpet of green. Paint colors: Collonade Gray, Panda White, Roycroft Brass and Roycroft Copper Red by Sherwin-Williams

Photo By: Sherwin-Williams

Pastel Green + White

A contemporary ranch home sits pretty in a bed of green. Simple white trim draws attention to architectural details, including the home's distinctive sun-baked brown roof. Paint colors: Riverdale and Ultra Pure White by Behr

Photo By: Behr

Classic Black + White

A traditional home sticks to timeless neutrals with a black and white palette. This is one color scheme that will definitely not go out of style. Paint colors: Falling Snow and Carbon by Behr

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

Sandy Taupe + Brown

Who said beige has to be boring? This exterior color palette provides a neutral backdrop to the home's lush green landscaping. Paint colors: Grassy Savannah, Ancient Root and Polar Bear by Behr

Photo By: Behr

Dark + Light Gray

Dark gray wood trim panels above the windows accent the Tudor-style home, while a light gray exterior cools down the lush landscape backdrop. Paint color: Du Jour and Beguile by Valspar

Photo By: Eric Perry © 2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

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

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