Which Colors Help Sell Homes?

Selling Your Home

All Homeowners hope to sell their homes quickly, but recently, it has been a buyer’s market. Give your self a leg up from the competition by staging your home properly. To ensure you rope in buyers, make sure that the paint in your home is fresh and the colors are appealing to a wide audience.

Exterior Paint Colors 

Curb appeal can help capture buyers as they pass by your home. Ensure that your house catches their attention in a positive way by choosing the right exterior paint color.

In choosing a color, it’s best to take a look around the neighborhood to see if there are any color trends present. While you want to stand out, think of going for a similar color as your neighbors, but just one shade lighter or darker. Owning a green house amongst a sea of beige homes doesn’t draw the attention you or prospective homeowners seek.

A few other things to keep in mind when choosing an exterior paint color are as follows:

  • Take into consideration other existing colors and features on your home exterior (e.g., stonework, bricks, roof, fixtures, etc.)
  • Complement your landscape
  • Choose a color that’s right for your home style (e.g., some Victorian homes can take on color to bring out their numerous woodwork details, while most Colonial homes stick with a simple white pallete.)

Interior Paint Colors

While you may enjoy bold colors, such as deep reds and blues, not every prospective homebuyer will have the same taste. It’s often best to attempt to please the masses by choosing a neutral, warm paint scheme or a crisp and cool color pallete for the majority of the home’s main living area.

If you’d like to add a bit more interest to make your space memorable to buyers, consider adding it in the following rooms. 


Most wall space in kitchens is taken up by cabinetry, leaving very little area for wall paint. However, since most of a family’s time is spent in the kitchen, it’s necessary to give a bright and joyful look. Consider light greens, yellows, or beiges.


A bedroom is a retreat from the stresses of everyday life. You’ll want to convey this mood in the room’s paint color. Think about using relaxing colors such as earth tones, or cool grey colors.


Bathrooms are typically smaller spaces, but that doesn’t mean you need to stick with white to make the space seem larger. Often you can use subtle tones of greens, blues, and yellows to add interest without making the space feel closed-in.

Overall, the colors in your home should give buyers a sense of calmness and comfort. It’s generally a good idea to go with lighter shades of color so that homeowners won’t need to apply a primer or several coats of new paint to hide what’s existing.

Can You Paint Tile?

Painted Tile

You sure can! But before you go to the store and pick up some paint, be sure to read the preparation/application tips and considerations.

If you just don’t want to replace or remodel that old outdated ceramic tile in your kitchen or bath, paint it! Painting over tile is a simple project that can create amazing results. Follow the steps below for a superior application:

Step 1 – Repair Any Damaged Areas

Before you begin, examine the tile for damage. If there are any areas that are cracked, shipped, or rough, use a quick-drying epoxy to fill in the area. Allow the filler to dry for a few days before applying step 2. 

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When Should You Use a Primer?

Prime Walls

You may not be familiar with primers, however there are many painting applications where using primer is not just optional, but mandatory for creating a beautiful finished project.

Primer’s purpose is to:

  • Provides a uniform and attractive paint finish.
  • Blocks tannin, water, grease and smoke stains that can bleed through your topcoat.
  • Improves adhesion of the topcoat 

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Can You Paint Vinyl Siding?

Painted Vinyl Siding

You sure can! But before you go to the store and pick up some paint, be sure to read the preparation/application tips and considerations below.

All vinyl siding will fade somewhat, and after 10 to 15 years, the change can be significant. When that happens, or if you simply want to change its color, vinyl can be painted.

Be sure to check with your siding manufacturer before you paint as many companies void their warranty if siding is painted.

To get started, wash the siding using a pressure washer or a scrub brush. Mix up a 5 gal bucket, containing 3 gals water, about 4 cups of bleach and a good amount of dish detergent.

If your siding is really dingy, you may wish use a professional cleaning product. TSP is a wonderful siding cleaner, but it will slightly glaze or etch windows. Never allow any bleach or any cleaner to dry on the surface. This is the biggest cause of paint adhesion failure. Rinse, rinse, and rinse some more.

When choosing a color, you should be aware that your color range is limited to those similar to the existing color. This is because dark colors absorb more heat than lighter ones and can cause the vinyl panels to expand and buckle.

Vinyl siding in good condition can be top coated right over. If it is really old or has a chalky surface, it’s best to use a general-purpose latex primer. For the top coat, choose a latex paint that is recommended for vinyl siding, such as Benjamin Moore Aura or Regal Select.

How to Much Paint Do You Need?

Paint Buckets

Homespree provides a great tool to help you determine how many gallons of paint you need to paint walls, ceiling, trim, siding, etc. 

However, it’s important that you know some basics about paint coverage to get a better sense of your project requirements.

An average gallon of paint will cover 350 square feet.  Use the steps below to calculate how many gallons of wall paint a typical interior project requires.

1)   Calculate total square feet of walls

  • You can determine the surface area using this formula [2xLxH] + [2xWxH] (L = length, W = width, H = height)

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Different Types of Paint Finishes

Eggshell Paint

When purchasing paint, you may be overwhelmed by the variety of finishes that exist and/or confused by how they differ. 

Paint finishes typically vary based on light reflectance, durability and washability. Below is a list of paint finishes carried by most major U.S. paint brands.


Gloss Level: <15 on 60-degree gloss meter

Use: General use on walls and ceilings.

Comments: Hides surface imperfections. Stain removal can be difficult. Use for uniform, non-reflective appearance. Best suited for low-traffic areas. 


Gloss Level: <20 on 60-degree gloss meter

Use: Can be used in place of flat paints on wall surfaces, especially in halls, bathrooms and playrooms.

Comments: Resists stains better than flat paint and gives a more lustrous appearance.

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How Does Epoxy Differ From Paint?

Garage Floor Epoxy

In general terms, an epoxy polymer is a tough plastic-like material containing an epoxide group that reacts with a hardener.

It is employed to make chemical and water-resistant adhesives, patching materials, insulating materials, auto finishes and paints. It is commonly used for interior commercial and residential floor surfaces.

Most epoxy patching compounds, adhesives, sealers and paints are prepared by combining two components on-site, just before application. Some epoxy sealers are 100% solids, some are two-component water-based acrylic, and some are one-package water-based products.

The most common application for epoxy for homes is in various types of garage floor finishing systems.

How Long Does it Take Paint to Dry?

Accent Wall

Most homeowners and contractors use latex paint nowadays because of its ease of use and quick drying time. Most latex paints will dry within 4 hours, at which time they can be recoated.

However, latex paints may take up to 60 days for to “fully cure”. In most cases, latex paint can be put to normal use after a day or two.

Fresh latex should be allowed to cure for at least 14 days before attempting to wipe or wash the walls. It can be sensitive to water or chemicals during the curing process. 

Also, lower sheen finishes, such as flat and matte, will be more susceptible to moisture and chemicals even after fully cured.

What Type of Paint to Use in a Bathroom or Kitchen?

Bathrooms and kitchens have their own set of unique challenges given constant moisture, high traffic, splatters, and frequent washing.

Fortunately, most major paint brands have a line of kitchen and bath paints that are specifically formulated to stand up to the test in kitchens and bathrooms.  Using advanced technologies, these high-quality durable paints are designed to withstand moisture and frequent washing and even resist mildew. They typically come in a satin or semi-gloss finish.

Some examples include:

Benjamin Moore Kitchen and Bath Paint

Sherwin Williams Bath Paint

Valspar Ultra Kitchen & Bath

What are the Best Interior Paint Brands?

Paint Brands

With so many retailers, brands and products on the market, it’s difficult for homeowners to determine which paint to purchase for their interior projects. We’ve all seen commercials for Valspar, Glidden, Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, Ace Hardware, and the choices can make our heads spin.

Fortunately, J.D. Power and Associates released a report ranking the best interior paint brands and retailers in 2013. You can view the full report here or read our synopsis below.

Findings from the 2013 U.S. Interior Paint Satisfaction Survey released by J.D. Power and Associates in April 2013 indicate that Benjamin Moore ranks at the top amongst interior paint brands, while Sherwin Williams ranks at the top amongst interior paint retailers.

The study shows that application drives customer satisfaction with paint brands, while availability and courtesy of staff drives customer satisfaction with paint retailers.

For the third consecutive year, Benjamin Moore ranked at the top for interior paint brands with high performance in application, durability, product offerings and design guides.

Sherwin Williams ranked highest for paint retailers, performing well in services provided, staff and selection.

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