7 Paint Colors Realtors Say Increase Your Home's Value

Cash in on these coveted hues.

A fresh coat of paint is an easy and somewhat affordable project whether you are a DIY expert or choose to hire a professional. New paint colors can transform a room's atmosphere and increase your home's value—if you choose the right paint color.

Whitney McGregor Greenville, SC Home Exterior
Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Lizzie Cox

"Generally, going with neutral colors like shades of white, beige, taupe, and grays lead to a faster sale," she shares. "Neutral colors are also more appealing to potential buyers because many want the creative freedom of a blank canvas to add their personal touches to when looking for a new place to call home. From a seller's point of view, it can be risky having bright, bold paint colors because personal preference ranges greatly from person to person."

A survey by Opendoor found that the most popular colors for a home's exterior were gray (30 percent) and beige (26 percent). It's official: neutrals equal significant dollar signs, but which shades can seal the deal? To help, six real-estate experts share their go-to hues. Whether you're looking to repaint your home's exterior before the big sale or just in the market for a wall refresh, you're bound to find a shade that fits your interest.

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Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray (SW 7029)

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Painting the interior of one's home is the most important home improvement project. Sherwin Williams' Agreeable Gray is a neutral 'greige' that works with many decor styles.

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Sherwin-Williams Alabaster (SW 7008)

Sherwin-Williams Alabaster (SW 7008)
Laurey W. Glenn

"I think that light and airy colors are appealing to buyers because it provides a neutral palette for them to work off of," explains Skyler Frazier, realtor at a Georgia-based firm, The Landings.

"If you're looking for a white exterior, Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams is a nice soft white that isn't too stark."

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Benjamin Moore Gray Mist (OC-30)

Benjamin Moore Gray Mist OC-30
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"As far as interiors, I'm seeing less greys and more' greige,'" Frazier adds. "Gray Mist by Benjamin Moore is a fabulous mix between tan and gray and still provides a contrast to your trim, but is a little more homey and inviting than stark white walls."

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Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore (SW 7069)

Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore SW-7069
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"My tried, and true colors are Sherwin-Williams' Snowbound on the exterior and Iron Ore, which is a very crisp black color for shutters and exterior accents," shares Liz Giddens, a realtor at The Landings Company.

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Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace (OC-65)

Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65
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"I have three clients [who are] currently painting the whole interior of their houses in Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace," shares Mary Lou Wertz of Maison Real Estate in Charleston, South Carolina. "It is a warm but bright white. This color is also very popular with stagers and interior designers."

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Sherwin-Williams Accessible Beige (SW 7036)

Sherwin-Williams Accessible Beige SW-7036
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"Warm grays are fastly becoming the new 'it' colors that result in more profits for home sellers every single time," Florida-based realtor Virginia Girton shares. "If you're starting with mostly warm tones, Sherwin-Williams' Accessible Beige is a great universal paint color that looks great in most interiors and can immediately increase your home's sales price."

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Sherwin-Williams Snowbound (SW 7004)

Sherwin-Williams Snowbound SW-7004
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"It's no surprise that white exteriors are very big right now; one of my favorites is Sherwin-Williams' Snowbound," says Jen McConnell, co-owner and broker-in-charge at McConnell Real Estate Partners in the Charleston area. "It's just pure white, but not stark white."

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