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Realtors Agree—These Are the Worst Colors to Paint Your Home

by SOPHIE MIURA

PHOTO: Aaron Fallon for MyDomaine

Finding the perfect hue to paint your room might seem like a purely aesthetic decision, but it turns out the choice can have serious consequences. While it’s well-documented that green sparks creativity and fiery tones energize a space, a report from Zillow Digs suggests color can also impact the value of your home.

The home improvement website mined data from more than 50,000 photos of recently sold homes to uncover color trends. Worryingly, it discovered that rooms painted certain shades consistently fetched a lower offer, forming a blacklist of paint colors to avoid. These are the three paint shades industry pros say you should avoid at all costs:

  • Slate gray: Homeowners who opted to paint their dining room slate gray lost $1112. However, those who chose dove or light gray increased the sale price by $1104.
  • Off-white: While this shade might seem like a safe bet, the study found that kitchens painted off-white fetched $82 less than the predicted estimate. Interior designer Emily Henderson told Money that some shades of white paint can make a space look “flat” or “dead.”
  • Terra-cotta: People who took a risk by painting their living room this shade of orange took $793 of the value of their home.

Do you agree with these findings? What color do you consider to be the worst offender when selling?

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Fearless DIYers in a “Flipped” Portland House

Name: Tim and Kelly Fischer
Location: SE Portland, Oregon
Size: 1,650 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 4 years

After making offers on six other houses in Portland’s competitive real estate market, Tim and Kelly and their nine-year-old twin daughters Isabelle and Olivia were thrilled to finally have a home to call their own. The house they bought had just been “flipped” in a style that wasn’t necessarily theirs, but the Fischers saw an opportunity to make the new space the perfect cozy home for their family.

Kelly has great style and is also a fearless DIY-er. She inherited these traits from her mom, who is a multi-talented designer, and the person Kelly calls “a constant inspiration.” The family got right to work removing a main wall of the home to create the open living area they desired. Kelly also took on electrical work in her new home, switching out unattractive light fixtures, and designed and constructed custom furniture and built-ins herself.

Kelly and Tim are avid world travelers, and mementos and photographs from their many trips are displayed throughout their home. “Seeing how the rest of the world lives helps us appreciate what we have, and gives us ideas on how to better utilize our space.” Their cozy Portland bungalow is filled with plants, vintage finds, Kelly’s handmade furniture, and souvenirs from their travels. It feels like a nice place to come home to after a long trip.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: We try to fill our home with eclectic pieces. Keeping it simple and neutral, so it’s easier to mix it up with smaller accessories. When we travel we bring back unique things to give our home character and meaning. We like it better when there’s a memory behind something.

Inspiration: Traveling — seeing how the rest of the world lives helps us appreciate what we have, and gives us ideas on how to better utilize our space. My mom has been doing this for years — she is a constant inspiration.

Favorite Element: Our bungalow is pretty tiny so we tore down a wall to create a more open-concept space between the dining and living room.

Biggest Challenge: We have a lot of trouble with our low ceilings and organizing our home to make it interesting, but keeping it low on clutter.

What Friends Say: “There’s always something interesting to look at — unique surprises in every room.”

Biggest Embarrassment: Our house was a flip, and the previous owner installed cheap carpet everywhere.

Proudest DIY: I have two! Our headboard my mom and I made from reclaimed cedar that was originally milled from my parents’ property. The other is the built-in shelving in our living room — I assembled and installed it
myself.

Biggest Indulgence: I’ve spent the most on good lighting, which is, admittedly, an addiction.

Best Advice: Decorating a home doesn’t have to be costly. If you have the resources and time to dig, you will be rewarded.

Dream Sources: If Emily Henderson outfitted my house, I might die.

Resources:

PAINT & COLORS
When we moved in everything was beige- which was fine, but not quite our style. We went with a few light grey shades from Sherwin Williams to keep it neutral and reflect our taste.
“Silverplate” by Sherwin Williams

 

ENTRY/HALLWAY
Industrial bar — Camas Antiques
Bar sign – Letters from Far Away Hood
Reclaimed cabinet – Homegoods
Rustic mirror – Brought back from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
MCM lamp – Thrift store find
Aiden etagere – World Market
Wood gallery frames – Pottery Barn

 

LIVING ROOM
Ektorp sofa — Ikea
Built-in shelving — Ikea Billy series
Square bar hairpin legs — Modern Legs
Framed watercolor city maps — Summit Ridge
MCM Chairs – Craigslist
Vintage kilim rug – Family heirloom
Sheepskins- Ikea
Throw Blanket- Seek & Swoon

 

 

DINING ROOM
Salt Chair — Design Within Reach
Walnut Dining Table- Craigslist
Faceted Lamp Base- Target
Wood Gallery Frames- Pottery Barn
Emery Linen/Cotton Drapes In Charcoal- Pottery Barn
Chandelier- Brought Back From Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Stereo Cabinet- Built By Me Using Reclaimed Cedar Siding And Vintage Peg Legs
Mcm Chair- Thrift Store Find

 

KITCHEN
Vintage Locker- Thrift Store Find
Butcher Block- Rescued From A Local Meat Market
Semi-Flushmount Lighting- The Rebuilding Center
Cloche Pendant- Restoration Hardware
Clock- Ikea

 

BEDROOM
Bentwood Pendant — West Elm
Bedside Lighting- Crate & Barrel
Mcm Walnut Dressers- Craigslist And Salvaged
Planter- Atelier Stella Ceramics
Geometric Shelves- My Mom Built Them Using Reclaimed Cedar Siding
Belgian Flax Linen Sheer Drapes In White- Pottery Barn
Mcm Table Lamp- Estate Sale Find
Crescent Mirror- Yard Sale Find
Throw Blanket- Seek & Swoon

 

BATHROOM
Framed Mirror- Ikea
Urban Barn Wall Sconce- Lamps Plus
Threshold Shower Curtain- Target
Stick Collection Painting- Riverluna

Thanks, Kelly and Tim!

 

Florida Beach House with New Coastal Design Ideas

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Designed by Geoff Chick & Associates and built by Chris Clark Construction Incorporated, this Florida beach house is full of new coastal design ideas! The architectural details are truly inspiring. Walls are paneled with white shiplap and the ceilings, when not featuring shiplap, are beautifully crafted with coffered trim and pecky cypress wood.

Located in 30A, this beach house has a very soothing, relaxing color palette that easily transports you to a sunny summery day.

 

Florida Beach House with New Coastal Design Ideas

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This white beach house is full of great architectural details, inside and out!

Kitchen

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It’s easy to see why this home is being featured on Home Bunch today, right? Who would love to have a kitchen like that? The light gray cabinets are painted in a color similar to Benjamin Moore OC-52 White Dove. Also, notice the gunmetal gray leather counterstools with swoop arms and silver nailhead trim.

Stacked Kitchen Cabinets with Rustic Wood Floors

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The kitchen features light gray stacked cabinets adorned with long satin nickel pulls paired with quartzite countertops and a light gray glazed tiled backsplash. The rustic wood floors are custom dark stained.

 Row of Windows Over Kitchen Sink

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The light gray kitchen cabinets are adorned with extra long satin nickel pulls. A stainless steel dual kitchen sink stands under a row of windows dressed in white roman shades illuminated byRuhlmann Single Sconces.

Dining Room Coffered Ceiling with Pecky Cypress Trim

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The dining room boasts a glossy white coffered ceiling accented with pecky cypress coffers accented with an iron chandelier. The round salvaged wood dining table surrounded by white slipcovered dining chairs.

Lighting is Lowcountry Originals Spring Island Basket – $2,800.00

Coffered Ceiling Details

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The coffers are hollow 2×4 boxes wrapped in sheetrock, with a big crown over the pickled pecky cypress.

Contrasts

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I love the contrast the dark hardwood flooring creates against the white shiplap walls.

Lighting

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Lighting is E.F. Chapman Darlana 6 Light 29 inch, Extra Large Lantern.

Closet Laundry Room

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A pecky cypress barn door opens to a hallway closet laundry room filled with light gray shaker cabinets suspended over a stainless steel mini brick tile backsplash.

Washer and dryer are Electrolux.

 Hallway with Blue Wet Bar

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This hallway boasts rustic wood beam ceiling, shiplap walls, shiplap ceiling as well a wall of French doors and transom windows dressed in white cotton curtains.

Office with Pecky Cypress Barn Door 

 

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One of the pecky cypress barn door opens to reveal a home office with light gray cabinets suspended over a gray built-in desk with wood top.

Barn doors are painted in a custom whitewash stain.

Blue Wet Bar Paint Color

 

 

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A blue wet bar is tucked into a nook. The blue wet bar paint color is similar to Benjamin Moore HC-145 Van Courtland Blue.

Shiplap Barn Door on Rails

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This white shiplap barn door opens to reveal a kids’ bedroom filled with white built-in beds with storage drawers.

Kid Bedroom with Row of Built-In Beds

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The kids bathroom features recycled glass countertop.

Master Bedroom

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What an amazing master bedroom! This space is perfect designed, Notice the shiplap walls and the vaulted shiplap ceiling.

Grey Shiplap

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The shiplap walls are painted in a soft grey color.

Watercolor

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The bedroom features a soft, calming color palette.

Bedroom Lighting

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Lighting is Lowcountry Originals Laurel Bay Shell and Crystal Chandelier – $4,000

Sitting Area

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Gorgeous bedroom sitting area with slipcovered chairs and blue and turquoise accents.

 Oblong Marble Tile Wall

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This master bathroom features an oblong marble tile accent wall, neutral floor tiles and light gray his and her washstands flanked by a drop down makeup vanity. Vanity paint color is similar to Benjamin Moore OC-52 Gray Owl.

Bathroom with Shiplap Walls

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  The master bathroom also features a rectangular tray ceiling accented with shiplap trim.

Height

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Ceiling Height: 12′ ceiling.

Similar Off-White Paint Color

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Best off-white paint color by Benjamin Moore: “Benjamin Moore OC-17 White Dove”.

 Bedroom Hall Sitting Area

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The bedroom hallway is filled with a shiplap wall lined with white slipcovered chairs

Shiplap Wall Paneling Dimensions

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Shiplap walls are 8″ nickel gap paneling.

Gray and Blue Guest Bedroom

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This blue and gray guest bedroom features a gray velvet bed dressed in white and pale blue bedding placed next to a white mirrored 3-drawer nightstand. Nightstand is Worlds Away Ava White Lacquer Nightstand. Similar paint color is Benjamin Moore HC-170 Stonington Gray.

Bedroom Reading Corner

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Inviting reading corner nook with white chaise lounge. Windows are dressed in white cotton curtains.

Bedroom with Gray Quatrefoil Mirrored Cabinet

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This gray and blue beach style shared bedroom features two carved gray headboards on twin beds dressed in white and blue bedding. A pair of blue benches sit at the foot of two beds facing a gray quatrefoil mirrored cabinet tucked under a flat panel tv.

Home Exterior

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Similar white exterior paint color: “Natural Choice SW 7011 by Sherwin Williams”. This property also features a guest house.

Guest House

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A screened-in porch connects the main house to the guest quarters.

  Small U Shaped Kitchen 

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Located in the guest house, this small U-shaped kitchen features a white French hood, stacked white floating shelves, suspended over an induction cooktop with pot and brass wall sconces. A kitchen peninsula is topped with Perla Venata quartzite fitted with a sink and modern faucet which overlooks the family room.

Hardware is unlaquered brass.

Small Living Room

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The small living room features a taupe sectional lined with turquoise blue pillows facing a low wood tv cabinet. A gold striped drum pendant hangs from a tray shiplap ceiling while a pair of wicker pod chair provides additional seating.

Sliding Barn Doors

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Barn doors are Pecky Cypress painted in a whitewash stain.

Sliding Barn Doors

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The pecky cypress barn door opens to a beach style bedroom.

Similar Paint Color

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Natural Choice SW 7011 by Sherwin Williams.

Details

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This coastal bedroom is decorated with a white upholstered bed dressed in green and blue velvet pillows and a small mirrored nightstand. Wall of windows are dressed in white curtains.

  Beach Home Porch with Rope Swing

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The main house features a dreamy porch with a white and turquoise rope swing and a pair of white slipcovered chairs.

On the Beach

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Can you picture yourself spending summers in this home? How fun would that be! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Study: Paint Color Affects House Price

Room painted in certain colors, like creamy yellow or light green, can fetch sellers $1,000 more than expected.

By Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

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Photo courtesy Sherwin Williams.
August 10, 2016

Homeowners looking to sell should immediately paint their slate gray walls a new color, according to findings from Zillow Digs, a website where users can browse millions of photos for home improvement and design inspiration.

Zillow Digs analyzed photos of nearly 50,000 homes sold across the U.S. over the last 10 years and determined that a room’s paint color influences the selling price.

The report took into account the wall color and the type of room, with controls for all other wall colors, square footage, the age of the home, the date of the transaction, and the location.

Creamy yellow or wheat-colored kitchen walls were most alluring to buyers, increasing a home’s sale price by as much as $1,360 above the expected Zillow estimate (or Zestimate). Light green and khaki were also popular, with bedrooms painted in those colors fetching $1,332 more than expected. Purple was found to be a nice fit for dining rooms, and homes with mauve, eggplant, or lavender walls earned $1,122 above the expected price.

When it comes to colors that exert a less-than-positive influence on home price, buyers shied away from terra-cotta and orange-toned living rooms (houses with these hues sold for $793 less) and dark-brown bathrooms ($469 less than normal). But slate and dark gray hues were found to be the biggest turnoffs. Homes that featured dining rooms in those colors sold for $1,112 less. Lighter grays, particularly living rooms painted in a dove tone, fared much better, earning $1,104 more than expected.

White and eggshell-color in kitchens, surprisingly, could also have a negative effect on a home’s sale price. Generally a popular choice for designers because of the color’s versatility and clean, timeless appearance, homes with kitchens painted white sold for $82 less than expected.

“A fresh coat of paint is an easy and affordable way to improve a home’s appearance before listing,” said Svenja Gudell, Zillow chief economist, in a statement. “However, to get the biggest bang for your buck, stick with colors that have mass appeal so you attract as many potential buyers to your listing as possible. Warm neutrals like yellow or light gray are stylish and clean, signaling that the home is well cared for, or that previous owners had an eye for design that may translate to other areas within the house.”