If you want to sell your home for more money, these are the colours you should paint your walls

When it comes time to sell your home, you might consider making some changes to make it more appealing to buyers.

According to a new analysis by Zillow, paint colour should definitely be a change you consider.

After analysing more than 32,000 listing photos of homes that have sold across the US, Zillow came up with a list of the colours that performed the best.

For example, homes that are painted “greige,” a shade somewhere between light grey and beige, tended to sell for $US3,496 more than similar homes in brown or tan.

“Colour can be a powerful tool for attracting buyers to a home, especially in listing photos and videos,” Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s chief economist, said in a press release. “Painting walls in fresh, natural-looking colours, particularly in shades of blue and pale grey, not only make a home feel larger, but also are neutral enough to help future buyers envision themselves living in the space. Incorporating light blue in kitchens and bathrooms may pay off especially well as the colour complements white countertops and cabinets, a growing trend in both rooms.”

Here are Zillow’s findings on what colours to choose (and which to avoid):

Kitchens:

  • Blue (light blue to soft grey-blue): home sold for $US1,809 more on average
  • Yellow (straw yellow to marigold): home sold for $US820 less on average

Bathrooms:

  • Blue/purple (light powder blue to periwinkle): home sold for $US5,440 more on average
  • White/no colour (off-white or eggshell white): home sold for $US4,035 less on average

Bedrooms:

  • Blue (light cerulean to cadet blue): home sold for $US1,856 more on average
  • Pink (light pink, to antique rose; often found in kids rooms): home sold for $US208 less on average

Dining Room:

  • Blue (slate blue to pale grey blue; navy blue also found in dining rooms with white shiplap): home sold for $US1,926 more on average
  • Red (brick red, terracotta, or copper red): home sold for $US2,031 less on average

Living Room:

  • Brown (light beige, pale taupe, oatmeal): home sold for $US1,809 more on average
  • Blue (pastel grey, pale silver to light blue, periwinkle): home sold for $US820 less on average

Home Exterior:

  • Grey/brown (greige — mix of grey and beige): home sold for $US1,526 more on average
  • Brown (medium brown, taupe, or stucco): home sold for $US1,970 less on average

Front Door:

  • Grey/blue (navy blue to dark grey or charcoal): home sold for $US1,514 more on average

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