Preparing to sell your home and hoping to get a pretty penny for it? You might want to make your way to the paint section of your local hardware store to pick up some colored paint.
New research by real estate agent Zillow found that homes that use different shades of the same color will actually sell for more than those with white walls.
Zillow analyzed more than 32,000 photos from homes that were sold throughout the U.S. to "see how certain paint colors impacted their sale price on average when compared to similar homes with white walls." And the results speak for themselves.
They found that buyers are willing to part with more money if rooms are painted in shades of blue. Yes, humble blue can be the secret to getting more than the reserve price on your next sale. This trend even extends to kitchens, bedrooms, dining rooms, and front doors.
"Homes with light pale blue to soft periwinkle blue bathrooms sold for $5,427 more than expected," the website suggested, and sellers could expect a $1,511 increase if their front door was painted "shades of dark navy blue."
"Walls painted in cool neutrals like blue or grey have broad appeal, and may be signals that the home is well cared for," Zillow explained.
But be warned; some colors might actually deter potential buyers.
"Homes with darker, more style-specific walls like terracotta dining rooms sold for $2,027 less than expected," Zillow said.
But the biggest color drawback for potential home buyers? White bathrooms.
"Homes with white bathrooms sold for an average of $4,026 below similar homes," Zillow concluded.
Below, see the full list of how much value blue paint adds to a home:
Blue kitchens—often soft grey-blue: $1,805
Light pale blue/soft periwinkle blue bathrooms: $5,427
Light cerulean to cadet blue bedrooms: $1,852
Slate blue/pale grey blue dining rooms: $1,508
Navy blue/slate grey doors: $1511
This post was written by Amber Elias. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.