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How a Fresh Coat of Paint Can Increase a Home’s Value

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Are you planning to put your home on the market? If so, painting your home’s exterior, interior, or both can make your property more appealing to potential buyers. Fresh paint gives your home a renewed look. Furthermore, the colors you choose for rooms or your home’s exterior can help set a warm, appealing tone. Today, I have some ideas to share about how painting can increase the value of your home.

The Best Color Choices


Beige is an effective choice for the living room, bedrooms, hallways, and other areas. This may seem like a dull choice, but it achieves a purpose. When potential buyers see beige walls in a room, it’s easier for them to envision their own furnishings, artwork, and pictures there.

Other good neutral colors include:

  • Pale gray
  • Light gold
  • Greige (a mixture of gray and beige)


Neutral colors are best for the exterior of a home as well. After all, bright yellow or green may appeal to you, but there’s a good chance it won’t appeal to some potential buyers. Naturally, you want your home to appeal to as many perspective buyers as possible. Pale gray, beige, soft brown, and blue-gray are all great color options for the exterior of your home. White or ivory trim can be an elegant finishing touch.

Along with your home’s exterior paint, your front door plays a part in a potential buyer’s first impression. Painting the front door black provides a neat, clean appearance and is known to boost the resale price of a home.

The Best Areas to Paint

The Kitchen

Let’s face it: The kitchen is the most popular room in a home. Not surprisingly, this room gets special attention from prospective buyers. So it makes sense to give it a fresh coat of paint. Beige, soft brown, or blue-gray are great options for the walls of a kitchen. These neutral colors highlight shining countertops, appliances, and even the hardware on cabinets.


A bathroom with pale blue (periwinkle) walls is an inviting space. This color highlights a beautiful sink, bathtub, and surrounding tile. It’s clean and contributes to an airy atmosphere, especially if you have a window.

The Foyer and Hallways

Once a potential buyer steps through the front door, your foyer walls are on full display. Light gray, tan, and beige are warm colors that set the tone for a home tour. These colors are excellent for hallways as well. Bright white trim enhances neutral colors and highlights neat painting work.

The Master Bedroom

Pale blue or gray, putty, or soft gold are favorable colors for the master bedroom’s walls. Buyers touring the home will be envisioning new décor for the room. The neutral or pale color of the walls can help to get their creative ideas flowing!

Some Colors to Avoid

As a general rule, bright colors should be avoided for both the interior and exterior of the home. Red is certainly a color to avoid. I have nothing against the color red, but it’s such a bold color that potential buyers are likely to have trouble imagining the room in a different way.

White is another color to avoid. Bright white on the walls can take the warmth away from a home, making it look sterile.

Valuable Painting Tricks to Know

  • Hide imperfections such as uneven spots on walls and nail pops by using paint with a flat finish.
  • Invest in high-quality paintbrushes and rollers to make your painting work look even more professional.
  • Use paint with a semi-gloss finish in the bathroom. This type of finish helps resist moisture and is easier to clean than other finishes.

Dig those painting supplies out of your garage and give your home a refreshed look! Thanks for reading. – Alan

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