Paint can help freshen up a room, whether you’re going for a new look or planning on putting your house on the market. But, before you grab that paint and roller, the Property Brothers want you to know not all colours are created equal.
In a 2019 episode of the popular home improvement show, Property Brothers: Buying and Selling, the duo—Jonathan and Drew Scott—noted that there are two colours that should never be used to paint interior walls: Red and yellow. (On the other hand, these are the 10 most popular paint colours in Canada.)
In the episode titled “Condo Dreams,” the Property Brothers tackled a home that the owner wants to sell so she can downsize after the death of her life partner. “Drew and Jonathan see plenty of potential in Roseanne’s existing digs. In its current condition, it’s worth only about $600,000. But if Roseanne invests $85,000 in the renovation Jonathan envisions, the Scotts believe she’ll be able to sell it for at least $800,000—a massive $200,000 increase,” realtor.com reported.
Roseanne’s living room was a pale yellow and Jonathan noted yellow walls don’t sell in today’s market. The dining room walls were painted what Jonathan called “angry ’90s red,” which he said needed to go as they it was extremely outdated.
Today’s colour trends
Trends come and go, and according to the Property Brothers, the ship sailed for both red and yellow walls quite some time ago. And while the brothers suggested avoiding bright, primary colours in general, you can still go bold. Instead of primary hues, the Property Brothers suggest leaning toward minimal decor, which includes lots of black, white and grays mixed with wood tones. Then accent with bold colours, such as red throw pillows or a sunny yellow area rug.
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