Best Paint Colors for Selling Your Home in 2022

If you’re thinking about putting your house on the market in 2022, you want to do everything that you can to increase the value and shorten the time on the market. One of the easiest ways to do that is by giving your home a fresh look with new paint. Let’s take a look at the best paint colors for selling your home in 2022.

Interior Paint Colors for Selling Your Home

It should go without saying that you should be focused on colors that are going to appeal to the widest audience. It is time to get rid of the lime greens, bright pinks and deep reds.

One of the hottest trends in 2021 that will continue into 2022 and beyond is using shades of gray with white trim. It gives a great look that appeals to a wide array of home buyers.

Best paint colors for selling your home

Finding the right gray seems to be the pressing issue for most homeowners. Too dark and it is difficult to keep the room bright without a lot of specialty lighting. Too light and the gray will almost look white most of the time.

I have found the Benjamin Moore Gray Owl to be my gray of choice for preparing a home for sale. Couple that with a bright white semi gloss for doors and trim to create the clean, crisp, attractive contrast that we are looking for.

While gray with white trim will work well in every room, let’s look at some options room by room.

Kitchen Paint Colors

Gray Kitchen

Great kitchens sell homes, so this is the one room that you want to make sure that you get it right. I prefer the steely grays that I have mentioned previously, but according to Zillow, homes that have kitchens with gray-blues on the walls sell for an average of $1,809 more.

Zillow also reports that homes with kitchens that have dark cabinets and light walls sell for an average of $1547 more.

Bathroom Paint Colors

Gray Bathroom

Once again, I prefer grays with white trim, especially when you are trying to achieve a spa like experience in a master bath, but recent studies have shown that bathrooms painted a light blue color (think periwinkle) sold for an average of $5,440 more than bathrooms painted white!

That is well worth a can of paint and a couple hours of your time!

Bedroom Paint Colors

Gray Bedroom

Similar to bathrooms, studies have shown that light blues (think cerulean) with bright white trim will increase your selling price an average of $1,856.

If cerulean isn’t your style, stick with contrasting gray with white trim for maximum appeal.

Living Room Paint Colors

Taupe Living Room

According to Zillow, Homes with light taupe living rooms sell for an average of $2,793 more than expected. Zillow arrived at this figure by analyzing the colors of more that 100,000 homes sold across the United States. The problem with that is colors are somewhat geographical in nature. Here in the Northeast, Gray walls and bright white trim will outperform light taupe.

Dining Room Paint Colors

Gray Dining Room

Using a little darker gray or blue/grays in the dining room will create more of a stately feel, especially with the clean lines created by bright white trim. On average, dining rooms painted these colors returned almost $2000 more than dining rooms painted white.

Exterior Paint Colors for Selling Your Home

Greige House

First impressions are everything and the first thing a prospective buyer sees is the exterior of your house, so spend some time making your exterior pop!

The most popular color for the exterior of your home is a color known as “Greige”. It is a combination of gray and beige and will be a big hit in 2022. Couple “greige” with white trim for the clean, crisp lines that will make your home stand out against the competition.

Front Door Paint Colors

Red Front Door

Yes, the color of your front door matters, and it is one of the easiest ways to increase the curb appeal and selling price of your home.

Studies have shown that a front door painted dark blue or even black can add up to $1500 to the selling price of your home!

Well worth the time and effort!

Now that we have looked at the best paint colors for selling your home in 2022, let’s take a look at the colors to avoid.

Paint Colors To Avoid

While it is very important to choose the best paint colors for selling your home, it is also important to note that there are some paint colors that you should avoid. Let’s take a look at them, room by room.

Kitchen Paint Colors to Avoid

Your kitchen is the heart of your home and there are some paint colors that are a complete turnoff. That brick red, or barn red kitchen that you love will cost you more than $2300 when it is time to sell!

Also avoid yellow in your kitchen! It can cost you more than $800 in resale value!

Bathroom Paint Colors to Avoid

Again, avoid the yellows, browns and reds, but surprisingly, studies have shown that painting a bathroom a sterile, cold white can decrease the value of your home by more than $4000!

Living Room Paint Colors to Avoid

More surprises in the living room. Avoiding blues in the living room can save you over $800. Many people think that white is the way to go because it is clean and bright, but in reality it is cold and sterile.

Dining Room Paint Colors to Avoid

In the dining room, stay away from browns, which will cost you an average of $1600 dollars or more. While not painting your dining room red will save you more that $2000!

Bedroom Paint Colors to Avoid

The key to choosing a good paint color for the bedroom is to choose soft, muted colors that will help you relax, so stay away from reds, which raise energy levels, along with other vibrant colors. Also, stay away from the cold, sterile whites.

Exterior Paint Colors to Avoid

Perhaps the biggest mistake that you can make when preparing your home for sale is to paint the exterior yellow! As a matter of fact, it is a good idea to avoid yellow everywhere.

Front Door Paint Colors to Avoid

Your front door can really make a statement and sets the tone for the prospective buyer as they prepare to enter your home. Avoid painting your front door orange! Also, avoid browns, which give the door a cheap look.


One of the best things that you can do to increase the value of your home is by adding a fresh coat of paint. Before you pick up that paint brush, make sure that you are prepared by choosing the best paint colors for selling your home in 2022.

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