Should you be looking to add value to your home, there are all the conventional ways you can go about it. For example, you might consider…
- Extending your home, such as a loft conversion or a conservatory.
- Adding smart features to your home, such as programmable thermostats and heating upgrades.
- Adding new rooms, such as an extra bathroom.
However, you can also add value to your home by adding colour. Aside from slapping a fresh coat of paint to your home interiors and exteriors, according to US website Zillow.com, you can also add thousands to your property should you use the right colours. You can find some examples of this on their website, but we will also have a brief look at their findings here. If you ever wanted more incentive to introduce more colour to your home, here it is, especially if you are thinking about selling your home any time soon.
Now, wisdom has often dictated that neutral colours are best when adorning your walls. After all, you don’t want to overwhelm the house buyer with colours that are offensive to their tastes. However, Zillow’s survey suggests it is okay to be more creative with your choices, in some rooms at least. Bathrooms painted in shades of blue and periwinkle meant more green in the home seller’s pocket, as did a shade of purple. Surprisingly, it was the neutral bathroom colours, white and off-white, that resulted in the home’s value coming down. Again, this flies against conventional wisdom, and will cause many a home seller to rethink their plans when applying paint.
Then there are the other areas around the home where colour added to the value. These include…
- The front door, where the colours navy blue and even grey added just over an extra thousand to the property’s value. That’s quite an entrance!
- In the kitchen, yellow was the colour that added value in 2016, but in 2017, it was walls and fixtures adorned in soft blues and greys that were the colour of choice for home buyers.
- Living room colours include light beige, browns, oatmeal, pale blues, and pale silvers. Findings suggest neutral colours are the better choice, as the home buyer does need some room to explore their own colour schemes according to the furniture they want to inhabit the living space.
- Blue is the preferred choice in the bedroom, especially light cerulean and cadet blue. These relaxing colours are obvious, considering they are conducive to a good night’s sleep. Pink was also mentioned in Zillow’s survey, but we are assuming they meant a light shade of pink, rather than anything extravagant.
For your information, the colours that offended home buyer’s sensibilities included blue living rooms, yellow kitchens, red dining rooms, and the aforementioned white bathrooms. Those houses guilty of those colour faux pas sold at a reduced price.
Of course, if you aren’t planning on selling your home, the colour scheme is entirely up to you. If you want a living room with red walls and pink polka dots on the ceiling, so be it. However, if you are looking to sell up soon, you might want to walk around your home and add the necessary colour schemes to attract home buyers.