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Four Colors to Avoid When Selling Your Home

A fresh coat of paint is a fairly inexpensive way to refresh the look of your home; the average exterior paint job costs about $2,600, while interior paint costs $1,660, according to Home Advisor. But choose the wrong shade, and you could wind up regretting it later. Paint your home with a strange color either inside or out and buyers might turn up their noses, even though repainting is a relatively easy fix.

Zillow analyzed photos of 50,000 recently sold homes and found that those with rooms painted in certain colors tended to command higher selling prices than expected. For example, homes with creamy yellow or wheat-colored kitchens, light green or khaki bedrooms, dove or light gray living rooms, and mauve or lavender dining rooms sold for $1,100 to $1,300 more than properties decorated with less popular colors. Meanwhile, here is Zillow’s list of the four worst colors to paint your home.

1. Off-white or eggshell

Shades of white might seem like a safe bet, but they aren’t guaranteed to be a big hit with buyers. Homes with off-white or eggshell kitchens sold for $82 less than Zillow estimated they would. Instead, people loved kitchens with a coat of wheat yellow paint on the walls, which boosted a home’s selling price by $1,360.

2. Dark brown

Dark brown walls didn’t resonate with buyers in Zillow’s study. Bedrooms painted dark brown sold for $236 less than expected, while using the same shade in a bathroom lowered the selling price by $469.

3. Terracotta

Even a more muted terracotta shade could depress your home’s selling price. Homes with living rooms painted the same shade as an inexpensive flower pot sold for $793 less than Zillow’s estimated price. Light gray was the preferred color in that room. The negative reaction to orange walls isn’t too surprising, considering surveys have found it’s one of the least-liked colors in the world.

4. Slate gray

Gray is trendy color right now, but all grays aren’t created equal. While dove or light gray was a hit in living rooms, helping to boost a home’s selling price by $1,104, dark gray was a dud. Paint your home’s dining room a slate color and you could lose $1,112 when it comes time to sell. Instead, buyers favored shades of mauve, eggplant, and lavender in the dining room.