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Controversial Paint Colors to Avoid, According to Real Estate Agents


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Real estate agents have seen it all. Here are some of the most controversial color trends you might want to steer clear of ahead of a home sale.

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Bright and Dominant

While there are always exceptions, bright and dominant colors can pull attention away from the home, causing that to be the conversation point.

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Instead, going with neutrals, grays, or light colors can offer a blank canvas for buyers to view their own lifestyle against. 

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Light vs. Dark

It’s widely accepted that going darker in a small room can make it feel even tinier. But, how light enters a room can completely change the look too.

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Orange paint in a room that gets a ton of sunlight, for example? You might be in need of some sunglasses.

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Bold Combinations 

There’s no harm in picking color combinations that match your particular style, but if you’re looking to sell, some buyers may find it too much. 

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But this doesn’t mean that you have to paint everything gray or white. For example, an accent wall can make a room pop.