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

White Coastal Mudroom With Navy Blue Door & Cushioned Bench

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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The Kitchen: Gray-Blue

Gray Transitional Chef Kitchen

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

Taupe Living Room With Blue Tufted Sofa and Yellow Patterned Area Rug

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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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The Bedroom: Cerulean

Contemporary Blue Bedroom

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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The Bathroom: Pale Blue

Beach-Themed, Spa Bathroom

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.

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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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The Dining Room: Slate

Contemporary Blue Dining Room

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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The Exterior: Greige

Craftsman Home With Porch

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.

20 More Inviting Home Exterior Color Palettes

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