Choosing paint colors for your home can be a difficult task, but choosing paint colors that someone else may find appealing is even harder. If you’re considering putting your Portland, OR home on the market, one suggestion your realtor may make is to repaint some of your interior rooms. Whether your interior decorating style is simple or eclectic, a fresh coat of wall paint is one factor that truly changes the feel of a home. The experts at Bluenote Painting want to make sure you choose paint colors that will increase your home’s value, rather than turn potential buyers away.
First, let’s take a look at a few paint colors to AVOID when re-painting your home to put on the market:
Gray is a universally loved paint color, but choosing the wrong shade of gray can actually decrease the value of your home. Darker grays, such as a slate gray, would be the wrong choice for any room in your home when you are getting ready to put it on the market. If you can’t get enough gray, select a lighter shade for gathering rooms such as your living room or dining room.
According to Zillow, any room painted terracotta will decrease your home’s value, causing it to be sold for less than market value. Terracotta is a very strong color that is likely to turn off potential buyers.
Lack of Color
This is a pretty broad rule, but a home painted in mostly white or off-white can be a deterrent to potential buyers. Rooms that are not painted may look less lived-in, which could keep buyers from being able to visualize themselves in your home.
Now let’s take a look at some paint colors by room that are sure to help you get the MOST value out of your home:
Living Room and Den
Your living room or den should be painted in rich neutrals: creamy whites, rich beiges, light grays. The goal here is to use soothing paint colors that enhance the room but still allow buyers to envision their own personality and furniture within the space.
Bedrooms have more appeal when painted in relaxing colors such as light gray or even a light olive green (for something a little richer). Stay away from bright paint colors in the bedroom since you want buyers to see this room as a calming place to fall asleep.
Surprisingly, homes with white kitchens sell for less than homes that have kitchens with more color. This is the room where you are finally allowed to use those bright paint colors you’ve been wanting to use. People tend to want their kitchens to be bright and inviting, so colors like pale yellow and light green do well here. If you want to keep your whole home on the neutral side of things, a warm beige can still be a great color choice in the kitchen.
Whether you’re ready for new interior paint colors for yourself or it’s time to get your home market-ready, contact Bluenote Painting for a free estimate to get you started. Feel free to browse our residential painting portfolio for some inspiration.