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Painted By Numbers: How The Color of Your Front Door Can Affect Property Value

Entrance porch with red front door. House exterior. Northwest USA

It may be a surprise for some to learn, but the colors you paint your home can greatly impact the value of the property, as well as the selling value should you choose to move.

In this article we have assemble a list of color tips to help boost the value of your property.

The Front Door Secret Color

In 2018, the website Zillow did a color analysis of over 135,000 homes sold around the country to determine how the color of a home impacted its likelihood to sell for more money. What did this study find?

A home with a charcoal gray or black front door could sell for $6,271 more than expected. That’s a huge price increase for a simple front door replacement.

All this about color to say that while neutral colors still rule and are the most evergreen, there is a trend toward more colors that pop in luxury type homes, even blues, grays, and blacks. What will the trend next year be?

No one knows for sure, but Zillow seems to show that no matter what colors are on the inside, the color of the front door can have one of the greatest impacts on property value.

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Multiple Exterior Colors are Good

A plain, single color exterior for you home may not have the curb appeal you think it should. Experts say, in fact, that different colored trim will make your home much more appealing to buyers, and that you can use up to four colors on the exterior of the average home. You can use up to eight if you have a Victorian style home.

Even if it is just a different shade for the trim or a small color variation, the impact on the value of your home. A good first impression with the exterior is a huge step in the right direction.

Neutral Colors Make Your Room Look Bigger

Neutral colors like white and eggshell or even a light gray make your room look bigger. Another pro tip: paint your trim and the walls the same color. It provides the illusion of more square footage. Stay away from bright colors or darker colors in a small space. They often make the room feel small and even inspire claustrophobia. Instead, stay in the middle of the spectrum. Your realtor and your future buyers will thank you.

Be Sure to Paint Ceilings

Sounds obvious when painting a room, right? Not always. The Ceiling is often a neglected part of the room makeover, but painting it, and even being a little daring and painting it a different color than the walls, will make a huge difference in your room.

Because the ceiling is what the light from fixtures bounces off of, a brighter color will make the room itself seem brighter and larger. In bedrooms, a pastel shade will make the light softer and more comfortable.

Painting ceilings, whether in standard or daring colors, is a great way to set your room apart and improve the value and look of your home.

Pick White for Your Kitchen

When selling, pick white for your kitchen color. This is a common color, but it also makes it much easier for the future owner customize the room with their own accents later on, making the home feel more like theirs.

Some realtors also say that homes with two toned cabinets, known as tuxedo cabinets, sell for more money. Be sure one of those tones is neutral like white or gray, something the buyer can then transform with their own ideas into something unique.

We all spend a lot of time in our kitchens, so it is important that the ability to customize that room is built into your home.


As you can see, the colors you choose for your home can affect not only the property value, but also the mood and aesthetic feel of the home. Use these guidelines to get the most value from the sale of your home.

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