Painting your home’s interior is one of the best ways to revamp a tired-feeling room, while also adding value to your home.
The cost to repaint an entire home’s interior typically ranges from $900 to $3,000, depending on the size, scope, and prep work required for the job. The result, though, is an estimated 107% return on investment, according to real estate experts. That means that a $1,000 investment can increase your home’s value by more than $2,100. A new interior paint job can also help you sell your house quicker. If the wall’s colors are up-to-date and appealing to potential buyers, that’s one less step they’ll have to think about when deciding on the purchase.
Here are a few color recommendations for when you decide to finally go through with your paint project:
Focus on the most appealing areas first
If you have a tight budget, you can still make major changes on your home’s interior appeal by targeting a few high-traffic areas.
No matter if your selling your house of you’re just giving it a makeover, the kitchen and bathroom should be your first areas to target. These areas are where guests and potential buyers will be most impressed with your work.
Get rid of those bold colors in your living room and go neutral
In the 1990s, the bold yellows and reds were all the rage in living rooms, but now they’re not as popular. Experts recommend going with neutral, airy, and natural tones in your living room. After all, the lighter the color, the bigger the room feels.
Living room colors you can’t go wrong with:
- Light Cream
- Light gray
- Light greige (a blend of gray and beige)
- Light lilac
- Hint of blue
An example of a light gray living room.
If you find neutral or lighter colors a little too boring for your personal style, think about these tones:
- Natural green
- Dark indigo
Go with whites and dark accents in the kitchen
Kitchens are one of the most important rooms and biggest selling points in your home, so keep it simple, and don’t fill it with a variety of bold colors. It may be tempting to give it that extra flair, but try to avoid using more than two colors, and match the countertops with the cabinets.
You can’t go wrong with all-white or what’s called the “tuxedo” look - a combo of white walls and cabinets matched dark blue or black accents. If you do choose the tuxedo style, just make sure your top cabinets remain white.
By keeping it simple, you could add up $1,500 to your home’s value in the kitchen alone. These few colors go great with the current trend of light or dark stone counters and stainless steel appliances.
An example of a white kitchen.
An example of a “Tuxedo” style kitchen.
Bathrooms should be cool and neutral
The old days of pink and yellow bathrooms are long gone, and so should those colors when you’re thinking about painting your bathroom.
Experts advise staying with grays and cool whites. If you want, you can add darker gray or cool stone-colored accents.
An example of a cool gray bathroom.
Use soothing colors for bedrooms
For bedrooms, you can go with slightly darker, comfy colors, but stay in the cooler color family. Blue is the most soothing color for sleep. You can’t go wrong with light gray-blue or darker shades such as navy or green-blue. They go great with natural flooring colors and make for an extremely relaxing feel in the room.
If you want to keep with the bright feel of your other rooms, don’t be afraid to use white or cool off-whites. With those colors, you can give the room with a bright morning vibe. If you want a touch more color in the room, whites go great with black and dark gray accents. Either way, you can’t go wrong.