6 Paint Colors That Can Help Your Home Sell Faster

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Aside from increasing your home's visual appeal, painting before listing a property can also help it sell faster — and for more money. "A fresh coat of paint adds tremendous value to a home for sale," says agent Noemi Bitterman of Warburg Realty. After all, when a potential buyer enters a newly painted space, it can help them envision a fresh life there.

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According to a 2021 Zillow survey, painting certain spaces in your home a specific color can add thousands of dollars to the final selling price. Plus, even the paint finish — whether it's gloss, matte, eggshell, satin, or semi-gloss — can make a difference.

Not sure which color you should paint specific rooms in your home before listing it for sale? We asked a few real estate experts and collected research on which hues will make your home more attractive to buyers.

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1. Creamy Neutrals

According to our experts, you can always count on a subdued, neutral paint palette to help your home sell faster. "We recommend a fresh coat of neutral paint before selling your home," says Corcoran agent Nicole Hechter. However, a neutral tone doesn't necessarily mean plain white. "A light beige or creamy off-white provides a perfect blank canvas for a new owner."

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2. Bright Whites

Nothing makes a space feel fresh and new like a crisp coat of white paint. It's no surprise then that real estate experts says it's a fail-safe shade for any interior. "Bright white is appealing, versatile, and low risk," says agent Parisa M. Afkhami of Warburg Realty. "If your home lacks natural light, choose a more reflective white color to help brighten up the space." This is an especially great idea for the kitchen, per Zillow's study.

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3. Soft Earth Tones

Not to be confused with creamy neutrals, soft earth-toned hues — think pale grays, dusty peaches, and light blues — can elevate the ambience of a space without overpowering it. "Light earth tones are soft, calming, and reflect light, while providing a subtle pop of color," says agent Allison Chiaramonte of Warburg Realty.

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4. Dark Hues

Believe it or not, our experts say that when used correctly, dark walls can have a positive impact on potential buyers. "When there is little or no light or view in a room, I have often advised people to go with dark lacquered walls to create a cozy, cocoon-like atmosphere, particularly in a smaller space such as a library or den," says Afkhami. In particular, Zillow recommends dark blue for a bedroom, since buyers would pay $1,491 more for it.

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5. Deep Gray

If you're looking for a stylish paint color to play up a bedroom, then Hechter says to consider a rich shade of deep gray. "Bedrooms are for personal relaxation," she says. "A dark, contemplative gray creates a warm and comforting palette that will put potential buyers at ease." Zillow reports that this hue could also work in a living room, giving the space a quiet, peaceful energy.

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6. Light Blue

According to Zillow's research, a light blue bathroom can make all the difference. Specifically, homebuyers revealed that they would pay 1.6% more for a powder room featuring light blue walls. That could amount to thousands of dollars.

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