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Paint colors can boost or lower home value

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It's standard advice for anyone selling their home: Slap on some fresh paint and you'll get more money.

"Especially in the bathroom, the bedroom and even the kitchen, it just shows a well-cared for home to have that extra splash of paint, an updated look,” said Kerrie Kelly, Zillow Home Design Expert.

If you choose the right colors, Kelly said, you may boost the final selling price.

Color can have a powerful influence on potential home buyers looking at properties on the Internet. Kelly says right now, people want bathrooms with blue walls.

Zillow's analysis of more than 32,000 listings found that homes with blue bathrooms, often found in hues of powder blue or light periwinkle, sold for $5,440 more than expected.

Top-performing listing also had walls that were painted in other cool natural tones like pale gray or oatmeal.

For the outside, some sort of grayish-beige is the way to go; much better than brown.

"Actually brown lost value and the grayish color really boosted value,” Kelly told me. “So maybe a blue door on one of your craftsman houses and you'll get even more for it."

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