Paint is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to transform a space. It can also be one of the most distracting things in a room. For the most part, one can paint their interior walls whichever color they prefer, but if you want to paint to appease a future home buyer then keep on reading.

Picking a color for a room can be overwhelming, especially when looking at a never ending wall of paint samples in a store. To first narrow things down, let’s start with the psychology of color and how different colors evoke different emotions.

Did you know the color red makes us feel energized? We would not want red in a calm space such as a bedroom. Feeling energized would best suite a gym or a game room.

Blue evokes calmness and peace, this would be a great choice for a bedroom or bathroom. Fun fact: the psychology behind blue is why many airlines have blue seats.

Home buyers prefer soft and neutral wall colors especially in a home entrance, living spaces and kitchen. These soft colors can be in the yellow, grey, blue, brown and green family. Some classic choices are Agreeable Grey by Sherwin-Williams, Warm White by Sherwin-Williams, Manchester Tan by Benjamin More and Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.

For the majority of home buyers, vibrant and saturated colors are no appealing. They are distracting and from recent surveys the vast majority of home buyers cannot visualize spaces different from what they see in front of them. Painting can be a daunting task, but the outcome can make or break it if you are selling a house or looking to buy a house.