What’s the colour of your money

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - PROPERTY - Lorraine Howard

It’s no se­cret that be­fore putting a house on sale, many home­own­ers try to boost the value of their prop­erty by re­mov­ing clut­ter, tidy­ing up the gar­den and fresh­en­ing up the in­te­rior with a coat of of­fwhite paint.

Sell­ers might want give more thought to how the paint color they choose can af­fect the sell­ing price.

Kitchen

Yel­low is, ap­par­ently, a great paint colour for a kitchen.

Homes with yel­low kitchens sell for an av­er­age pre­mium of £1,360 when com­pared with all other homes.

The key is to choose a warm neu­tral yel­low paint, such as wheat yel­low.

Avoid pick­ing a shade that’s too sat­u­rated, as deep shades may back­fire with buy­ers.

And even though white kitchens are of­ten fea­tured in home dec­o­rat­ing mag­a­zines, these colours come off as ster­ile or cold to home buy­ers,

Bed­room

Choos­ing the right paint color here can be a chal­lenge since the bed­room is the most per­sonal room in the house.

A bright red, for ex­am­ple, could be too stim­u­lat­ing, mak­ing it hard to rest.

You might pre­fer a more sooth­ing paint colour.

Paint­ing a bed­room light green to khaki can boost a sell­ing price by an av­er­age of £1,332.

Liv­ing room

Neu­trals win the day when it comes to this high-traf­fic room. Homes with liv­ing rooms painted with dove or light-grey paint sold for an av­er­age pre­mium of £1,104.

The worst shade is orange. Homes with terra-cotta-coloured liv­ing rooms sold for an av­er­age of £800 less than other homes.

Bath­room

The colour of bath­rooms does not seem to have a great im­pact on the sell­ing price.

The best colours are tans, such as oat­meal or beige. Homes with bath­rooms painted in those shades sold for an av­er­age of £300 more than other houses.

Dark­brown bath­rooms— think of Tus­can-style shades—sell for an av­er­age of £500 less than other homes.

Con­sumer Re­ports rec­om­mends that you paint sam­ple colors on large sheets of heavy pa­per so you can move them from place to place with­out hav­ing to paint the walls. Live with them for at least a few days. Ob­serve how dif­fer­ent lev­els of light af­fect the colour through­out the day.

So this year why not im­prove the sell­ing value of your home and give it a much needed colour lift too.

COLOUR Dif­fer­ent colours can have a pos­i­tive im­pact on your sell­ing price Yel­low kitchens can add value to your sell­ing price

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