Homeowners Itching for a Color Change

TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014

Bored with the color and eager to upgrade, one in 10 Americans plans to paint their home’s exterior this year, a new survey finds.

Consumer Reports’ National Research Center found that most of those planning a makeover said they had grown tired of their current paint job.

Nearly half, however, said they were planning to paint in order to boost their home’s resale value.

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Among the most popular paint color schemes are light brown with cream trim and hunter green shutters and Mediterranean yellow with white trim, according to Consumer Reports.

Neutrals with “staying power,” such as earth tones, grays, whites and blacks, are also recommended for the exterior, the survey found.

Colors to Avoid

Exterior shades that were “best to avoid” included bold reds and yellows (with the exception of front doors and trim); pinks and purples; and colors that mimic or clash with houses next door.

Reds and yellows are best left to the hot-dog stands, the organization reported.

Pinks and purples tend to highlight dirt, upset neighbors, and send prospective buyers running in the other direction, Consumer Reports said.

About Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the non-profit rates thousands of products and services annually.

Each year, the organization evaluates and ranks paints. Rankings for 2014 are reported in “2 House Brands Top Paint Rankings.”


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Color; Color + Design; Consumer Reports; Exterior painting; Painters

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