Homes with Blue Bathrooms Sell for $5,400 More than Expected

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Homes with Blue Bathrooms

Homes with blue bathrooms, often found in hues of powder blue or light periwinkle, sold for $5,440 more than expected, the highest sales premium of all colors analyzed. Walls painted in other cool, natural tones like pale gray or oatmeal were also present in top-performing listings.

A Fresh Coat

A fresh coat of paint in the right color may help sell a home for more money. According to a Zillow analysis, homes with walls painted in shades of blue or light gray may sell for as much as a $5,400 premium.i

For all you need to know about paint type, paint sheen, and more, click on Paint Types and More.

Impact of Colors on Home Price

For-sale listings with cool, neutral wall colors sell for more money, according to Zillow analysis; homes with white, yellow or red wall colors can sell for less than expected.

Zillow's 2017 Paint Color Analysis looked at more than 32,000 photos from sold homes around the country to see how certain paint colors impacted their sale price on average, when compared to similar homes with white walls.

A Home's Exterior

A home's exterior color may also have an impact on its sale price. Homes painted in "greige," a mix of light gray and beige, sold for $3,496 more than similar homes painted in a medium brown or with tan stucco. For a pop of color, homes with front doors painted in shades of dark navy blue to slate gray sold for $1,514 more.

Color Deterents

Some colors may actually deter buyers. Homes with darker, more style-specific walls like terracotta dining rooms sold for $2,031 less than expected. However, a lack of color may have the biggest negative impact as homes with white bathrooms sold for an average of $4,035 below similar homes.

Attracting Home Buyers

"Color can be a powerful tool for attracting buyers to a home, especially in listing photos and videos," says Svenja Gudell, Zillow chief economist. "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. Incorporating light blue in kitchens and bathrooms may pay off especially well as the color complements white countertops and cabinets, a growing trend in both rooms."

Selecting the Right Paint Color

Selecting the right paint color is one of many factors that may affect why a home sells faster or for more money. Walls painted in cool neutrals like blue or gray have broad appeal and may be signals that the home is well cared for or has other desirable features. Sellers can also consult Zillow's Owners Dashboard to see in real time how their listing is performing compared to similar ones on the market.

Room

Color

Description

$ Change

Most Common

Kitchen

Blue

Light blue to soft gray-blue

+$1,809

Charlotte

Kitchen

Yellow

Straw yellow to marigold

-$820

Detroit

Bathroom

Blue/Purple

Light powder blue to periwinkle

+$5,440

Philadelphia

Bathroom

White/None

Off-white or eggshell white

-$4,035

N/A

Bedroom

Blue

Light cerulean to cadet blue

+$1,856

Philadelphia

Bedroom

Pink

Light pink to antique rose

-$208

Houston

Dining

Blue

Slate blue to pale gray blue

+$1,926

Boston

Dining

Red

Brick red, terracotta or copper red

-$2,031

N/A

Living

Brown

Light beige, pale taupe, oatmeal

+$1,809

Chicago

Living

Blue

Pastel gray, pale silver to light blue, periwinkle

-$820

Baltimore

Exterior

Gray/Brown

Mix of gray and beige

+$1,526

N/A

Exterior

Brown

Medium brown, taupe or stucco

-$1,970

N/A

Front Door

Gray/Blue

Navy blue to dark gray

+$1,514

N/A

SOURCE: Zillow

For further information: Alexa Fiander, Zillow, [email protected]