Giving the interior of a home a fresh coat of paint is an easy and inexpensive way to make the home much more appealing to buyers. If you want to attract a larger pool of buyers in this Pinterest and Instagram age, you should be advising sellers to paint their homes in modern trendy colors that buyers who are fans of social media are going to be looking for. Here are a few of the best colors and color combinations that sellers should consider this coming year:


While they may not be trendy neutrals never go out of style. White walls are bland and don’t impress buyers, especially buyers who have been renting and are sick of white walls. Neutrals in tan, beige, oatmeal, honey, and other shades give a home a sense of warmth but are also very easy to personalize so buyers will feel like they can really make a place their own. Mix and match neutral shades to make each area of the room feel like a separate space.


Gray is this year’s hottest paint color according to Pantone. Whether it’s a mid-tone steel gray in the office, a dark charcoal in a media room, or a silvery gray in the bathroom gray is everywhere. If you want to really get the attention of modern savvy homebuyers who love to spend hours looking at design trends on Pinterest and Instagram paint interior rooms in different shades of gray. Pair the gray with complementary colors like lilac, orchid, or blue to make a big impact.


Yellow was a big hit for kitchens last year, and yellow is still a great color for kitchens but blue is going to be the next big thing for homebuyers. Dark navy blue kitchens have the drama of black without the overwhelming presence of black. Colorful kitchens that have painted cabinets and colored accents are still going to be big in 2018 so if you’re trying to sell an older house that has the dreaded honey oak cabinets paint them blue. That will definitely get a buyer’s interest. Blue is also a great color to use in bedrooms and in the kitchen nook if you want to create a relaxing and soothing atmosphere.

Colors to Avoid

While some colors, like the trendy colors mentioned above, can draw in buyers some colors are a definite turn off for buyers. If a home has bright or neon colored paint in the bedrooms, like in a child’s bedroom, that should be changed before listing the house. A coat of paint is an easy fix, but most home buyers these days want move in ready places. They don’t want to have to paint over a child’s brilliant emerald, bright tomato red, or powerfully pink color choice. Also accent walls that are dark red, black, or other dark colors should be repainted a lighter or more on trend color before listing the house.

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Listing information last updated on May 27th, 2022 at 9:32am CDT.