Painting your house can be a daunting task. Home improvement stores feature walls displaying thousands of different paint options for you to choose from. Once a basic color is chosen, you are then tasked with searching through dozens of paint swatches to find just the right shade. With shades ranging from whisper white, polar bear, bit of sugar, Swiss cream, and ginger sugar, each just a subtle variation from its predecessor, choosing the right color can be quite overwhelming. Luckily for you, the analysts at Zillow have helped determine which colors make the best choices and which hues to avoid all together.

While to some choosing white for your walls might seem like the safest option, deciding to paint your kitchen white can cost you $1400 if you decide to sell. One major deterrent to white kitchens is the difficulty to keep them clean. White paint can quickly become dirty, easily showing smudges and food splatter. The best color choices for kitchens per Zillow’s research are yellows. Choosing a light and creamy shade or a wheat yellow has shown to raise your home’s value by $1360.

Colors in the gray family are becoming increasingly popular neutral choices to replace white. The shade of gray chosen can greatly impact your home’s value. Painting your living room a light gray, such as dove gray, will make the room more attractive to others. Choosing to paint your dining room a darker shade, like slate gray, can be a major deterrent to potential buyers and could cost you over $1000.

If you are looking for some inspiration for paint colors, just step outside and look around. Earthy tones seem to be a good choice for any room in your home. Shades of wheat yellow, sage green, and oatmeal have all been shown to increase a home’s value.  Two surprising colors that can have a major impact on the value of your home are purples and browns. Shades of purple, like mauve, lavender, and eggplant were found to be great color choices for dining rooms. On the other hand, painting the walls a dark brown in most rooms can cost you up to $400. 

Hopefully this information will make choosing paint colors a little easier for you. If you are still having a hard time deciding, just remember, this is your home, choose colors that are going to make you happy. Now grab that paint brush and get to work!

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