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10 Paint Colors to Help Sell Your Home

Neutral Colors

Neutral colors sound like a big snooze, right? Sure they do. But the point is to sell your house, not style it for a spread in "Martha Stewart Living." Everyone, from real estate agents to decorators, recommend painting the interior of your house in neutral colors. Why is that? For one thing, a new home buyer always sees dollar signs. They don't want to buy a house and then have to spend additional money to fix it up or paint it. Moreover, some people have very strong reactions to bright colors. Neutrals will keep the "yuck" factor to a minimum.

Neutral colors, such as creams, also make a home look smashing in online photographs, which is the first place people check when searching for a house to buy. However, like everything else, there are exceptions to the rule. Unlike dining rooms or living rooms, bathrooms can be painted in more fun and whimsical colors [source: AZ Central]. And, don't make the mistake of painting the entire interior of your house white. You might think that white is a neutral color. It's not. White is a bright, and bright is not always beautiful [source: Gulliksen].