Gray is the new yellow
From the time of year to the neighborhood, a lot of factors come into play when you’re selling a home. But here’s one variable you might not have considered — color.
During open houses and online searches, the colors of your home are constantly working for or against you. That’s according to Zillow, Z, -1.16% a real estate and rental marketplace, which examined over 32,000 photos from sold homes around the country to see how certain paint colors impacted their average sale price compared with homes of similar value with white walls. Here’s what they found.
A change of trends
The colors that added value to your home just a year ago can now be hurting its sale price. In 2016, painting your kitchen a shade of yellow could help your home sell for $1,100 to $1,300 more. However, this year, a yellow kitchen could lower your home’s value by an estimated $820, according to Zillow.
Some color preferences remained consistent, with terra-cotta walls still devaluing a home. Just last year, homes with terra-cotta walls sold for $793 less than Zillow’s predicted selling price. This year, that number more than doubled, with homes with terra-cotta walls selling for $2,031 less.
The takeaway: If you’re looking to sell your home, you may want to avoid a terra-cotta shade. Also be cautious in general when choosing dark and bold colors.
Keep it light
“Painting walls in fresh, natural-looking colors, particularly in shades of blue and pale gray, not only make a home feel larger but also are neutral enough to help future buyers envision themselves living in the space,” said Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s chief economist, in a statement.
In fact, homes with blue bathrooms, including lighter shades of blue or periwinkle, sold for $5,440 more than expected, Zillow found. Kitchens with light blue-gray walls sold for $1,809 more than expected, and walls with cool, natural tones like soft oatmeal and pale gray also had top-performing listings.
Light, simple walls performed best among sellers, however, walls with no color had the most negative impact on sales price. Homes with white bathrooms or no paint color, for instance, sold for an average of $4,035 less than similar homes, Zillow noted.
As if it isn’t stressful enough worrying about your rooms’ colors, your home’s exterior color can also impact its sale price.
To that end, buyers typically enjoyed a pop of color, with homes featuring dark navy blue or slate gray front doors selling for $1,514 more. Buyers also responded positively to trendy mixes of light gray and beige, or “greige,” exteriors versus basic tan stucco and medium-brown shades.
If you’re trying to sell your home, a can of paint can be a wise investment — so long as you choose the right color. Keep these findings in mind before you head to the paint store.
This article originally appeared on Credit.com.