Add $5000 of Value to Your Home: Paint It Blue
Updated: Feb 25
It makes sense that a fresh coat of paint automatically adds value to a home, but did you know the paint color choices are also important to the overall value? Zillow released an article titled “Homes With Blue Bathrooms Sell for $5,440 More Than Expected.” In fact, homes with any room painted in shades of light blue or pale blue/grey can sell for as much as $5,440 more than expected.
Zillow’s Paint Color Analysis researched over 32,000 photos from recently sold homes around the United States to find a correlation among the paint color choices, amount of time on the market, and amount of money the homes were sold for.
And oddly enough, blue happens to be the color of choice! So even if you aren’t a fan of the cool, calming color, it may be worth it to paint the interior of your home blue before you put it on the market. Throughout this article, we are going to discuss which rooms are most beneficial to paint blue, and which specific shades we recommend using.
Homes with blue kitchens, often found in soft grey-blue, sold for a $1,809 premium.
Pictured above is Behr’s Tahoe Blue PPU13-09, which would be a perfect shade of grey-blue for any kitchen. We love Tahoe Blue paired with these light oak cabinets and a modern style. The marble island adds character and plays off the soft blue shade of the walls. The grey-blue used in this kitchen provides a clean yet warm and inviting feeling. While blue is an overall cooler color, the warm tones in the cabinets and decor in this kitchen provide a welcoming impression.
Homes with light pale blue to soft periwinkle blue bathrooms sold for $5,440 more than expected.
Sherwin William’s Upward Blue 6239 is the perfect light periwinkle/blue color to play off light and bright bathroom shades, and can be easily complemented with darker tones and accent colors. We love the contrast between the dark cabinets and white marble, with the cool, periwinkle-blue of Upward Blue to balance the two shades. We can see why this calming color will quickly sell in any home!
The Living Room
Homes with light beige, pale taupe or oatmeal-colored living room walls sell for $1,926 more than expected.
Behr’s Perfect Taupe PPU18-13 is one of our favorite pale taupes for a living room. Warm but clean, the shade makes a perfect welcoming environment for guests. It also matches well with any decor or furniture, making it easily complementary to any style. We love its ability to have both warm and cool tones - it is so versatile and so forgiving of many different styles.
Homes with light cerulean to cadet blue bedroom wall colors can come with a $1,856 premium.
Sherwin William’s Distance 6243 is more on the cadet blue spectrum than cerulean blue, and was named Sherwin William’s March 2019 color of the month. With its denim-like qualities and cool grey-blue tones, it matches perfectly with lighter and more organic shades for a comfortable bedroom oasis. It plays nicely off bright whites and fun textures, and has a calming, soothing appearance that makes it perfect for a bedroom.
The Dining Room
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.
Benjamin Moore’s Nimbus Grey 2131-50 is a dense shade, with undertones of grey which complement both warmer and cooler tones. We love the wainscoting incorporated in this dining room, and the textures presented by the decorations.
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.
Pictured above is Behr’s Greige PPU24-11 on a stucco exterior. Contrary to a medium brown or tan paint color, Greige is the most beautiful neutral that contains both warm and cool undertones. Hence why this homeowner was able to pair it with both cooler tones of the garage door and trim, as well as warmer tones of the tile shingles. In addition, Greige plays off of the more modern tastes of the 21st Century.
The Front Door
For a pop of color, homes with front doors painted in shades of dark navy blue to slate gray sold for $1,514 more.
This gorgeous front door dawns Behr’s Dark Navy S530-7. While the classic red front door may not be completely out of style, there’s a new kid in town and it’s a navy blue front door. Still warm and inviting, Dark Navy introduces a new type of modern welcoming that plays off of the more popular cool tones of today’s styles.
The right paint color can be a major determining factor for whether or not your home sells faster or for more money. According to Zillow and current consumers’ buying habits, 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.
Contrarily, 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.
So what’s the overall lesson here? If you’re trying to sell, paint your house! But not without considering what’s trending and popular. Subconscious or not, buyers take note of the attractive aspects of each home they walk through. Don’t let a crappy paint job ruin the chance of your home becoming a dream home for its next buyer!
And if you need help with colors, our color consultant Gretchen is here and prepared to help you make those choices!