Considering selling your home soon? You will want to know just exactly how a new coat of paint, which colors, and painted where, will likely net more money for you, the seller.
Color speaks volumes, especially fresh and current color. For today’s buyers to want to see themselves in the home you are selling, the home needs to be one that suits their expectations for clean, fresh style and today’s colors do that. There are so many colors from which to choose, selecting the right ones can be key to whether they work for you or against you.
What is today’s “Real Estate Beige?”
Exterior Color? According to Zillow, the home exteriors that were most appealing to buyers and netted a higher sale price (+$1,526) were those with grey/beige exteriors, as opposed to a lower sale price for apparently similar homes having brown, tan or medium beige exteriors (-$1,970).
Front door colors? Paint that greige house using a front door color of dark charcoal or navy and you can apparently add another $1,514 to your bottom line. [Feng Shui tells us that the front door is the key to your career, life purpose and journey, associated with Water Element which is, in Feng Shui, the colors Black, Dark Charcoal or Deep Navy…boo-yah!]
Kitchen wall colors that brought a higher sale: soft gray to soft gray/blue fetched an additional $1,809. It seems that yellow on the kitchen walls lowered the sale price by $820. It seems that today’s buyer is looking for soft, neutral and open feeling in our homes, perhaps as a respite from the overwhelm of “reality” that we cannot seem to find rest from.
Bathroom wall colors: Light, soft powder blue to a color called “periwinkle” were the all-time income producing colors, increasing the sale price by $5,440. Why? Light Blue and periwinkle are expansive and relaxing colors, inspiring happiness, and according to Feng Shui those colors are associated with upward movement called Tree energy. When I consult, I recommend that the colors blue and green can be used in the bathroom to reverse the energy drain of water flowing out of the house and taking valuable energy with it. (There are ways other than color to manage the same effect.) Using light blue and light green will energetically reverse the outward flow, thereby stabilizing and even increasing health, wealth and happiness. Green is not a currently appealing color and also one that is not easy to get just right. Blue on the other hand, works really well with white of bath fixtures, white ship lap (a current trend) and blue is the color that will relax our muscles and create an uplifted and happy feeling. (You can email me if you want the science to support that.)
Bathroom colors that drain your wealth? Bathrooms all white (off-white or eggshell) showed a decreased sale of $4,035. [Feng Shui? White, which is Metal energy, actually “supports” Water Energy — increasing the flow of wealth down the drain and out of your life — funny but I could not make this up. Don’t fret, there are subtle ways to balance the energy in your life and white bathroom — Sign up to learn how in my exclusive “How To Use Color Insights” ]
Living Room Walls in warm beige and tans colors increased the sale price, and in grey tones decreased the sale price.
Dining Room Walls: Slate blue, pale grey and navy with white ship lap took it up $1,926 while warm tones of terracotta, brick or copper read decreased by $2,031.
Bedroom Walls: Avoid the pink or tan if you are selling, you’ll see a decrease but paint it light blue to cerulean and you’re likely to see $1,856 added to the bottom line.
Beware: There are many factors that will increased or decreased bottom line of a house sale; color is just one, but a powerful one. Selling a home is not the same as living there with the colors YOU love and that will support your goals. (They might be the same, but they might not be.)
Today’s buyers are savvy and know what is current — colors tell the story of how updated and move-in ready the home actually is.
The real key when selling your home is to make it as appealing as possible, allowing the new owner to begin to see themselves living there.
How you use the colors will also tell a story, can make a room feel better, bigger or more intimate. Sign up to get exclusive “How To Use Color Insights” to learn how to select the right colors, how to create the best color palette and –most importantly–how to use the colors to tell the right story, to your body, mind and relationships. Want to receive my email newsletters? Sign up here for my newsletters.
Color speaks to our needs and will make a home feel joyful and alive, and that’s what will sell the house.
Here’s to your abundantly happy life!