The Best Color to Paint Every Room, According to Real Estate Agents

published Jul 3, 2021
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Picture this: You’ve got a new place to live, and each and every room is painted the same shade of white. Minimalists may delight at the idea of an all-white abode, but others might shudder at the thought of colorless walls. If you fall into the latter camp, you’ve got some paint color decisions to make (and some painting to do).

Picking a paint color for all the rooms in your home can befuddle — and overwhelm — even the most decisive people. Do you want to go for something bright and colorful, dark and moody, or pale and neutral? If you plan to sell your home in the future, one of the best methods is to paint in colors that help a house sell. Follow these colorful tips from real estate agents to figure out what’s best for your home, room by room. 


Opt for color in the kitchen — something energizing or bold. Agent Allison Chiaramonte of Warburg Realty says navy blue with gold hardware and accents is particularly popular.

“I love a rich navy blue because I think that works with all sorts of metal types, especially with gold hardware, which is trending right now,” she says. “It’s a great way to update what might be a more tired kitchen and make it feel more chic and new. I took a buyer to an apartment where the kitchen had navy blue cabinets, and she said she had always dreamed of a blue kitchen!”

Agent Steven Gottlieb, also of Warburg Realty, agrees that color is the way to go. He suggests a yellow tone that feels invigorating. A kitchen is a more active room in a home, so you want the color to match that mood.

Living Room

A neutral color in the living room is best, say real estate agents. The living room tends to be a large open space where punches of personality come through in the furniture and artwork. So, you want a base that can handle any shifts in color among those things. If you’re after more pops of color, create an accent wall or incorporate fun hues into your decor.


Many bathrooms tend to have white tiles around the tub and other parts of the room, but if you mirror that with the paint color, any dirt will practically have a spotlight on it. Try something bold and dark to keep it looking clean — and to contrast with the tiling. Chiaramonte prefers Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal or Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron.

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In your bedroom, pick a color that you find relaxing. It’s a highly personal space and the paint color should reflect that.

“In bedrooms, where we sleep, ideally, the room should be painted colors that are relaxing and calming,” Gottlieb says. “For some people, this might mean warmer colors, but for others, they might prefer cooler tones. Shades of blue can often have a calming effect, so cool or warm blues can be a great choice for the bedroom. Certain grays or purples or greens have blue in them, so can also achieve a desired calming effect.”

If you want to keep it to something neutral, Chiaramonte suggests sticking with greige. It’s not too dark, and it’s naturally calm and relaxing.

Dining Room

For dining rooms in particular, base your decision on how much natural light the room gets. If there’s a lot, pick a fun, energizing color like a jewel tone to keep the space feeling active. But if you don’t have any or have very little natural light, use a paint color that brightens the space, like white or off-white.