While we are usually big fans of the ‘you do you’ mentality, when it comes to selling your home you may have to consider what buyers are looking for in terms of décor and the aesthetic of your home.
It may be charming for you to have your kids’ artworks all over the walls and your antique china pig collection taking up a full shelf, but it could put potential buyers off, making it harder for them to visualise themselves in the space.
In fact, a study by The Paint Shed has revealed that nearly four in 10 Brits would offer less for a house based on the colour scheme alone, while 19% would be put off making an offer completely.
Of those that would reduce their offer, 85% UK residents would take between £1,000-£5,000 off the price they would be willing to pay, and 11% would offer between £6,000-£10,000 less.
Michael Rolland, interiors expert, said: ‘When looking to buy a new home the prospective buyer needs to be able to imagine their lives and belongings in the space.
‘By injecting too much colour and individual personality into the property, the seller makes it too difficult for any potential buyers to envision themselves in the home. It also increases the work and effort required to get the house up to their requirements or preference, which can be off-putting- particularly as buying a house is an already stressful process.’
As for the least popular colours, it was fuschia that proved most controversial. This bold shade of pink was chosen by nearly half (47%) as one of the colours they would never use in their homes. However, this was not the only shade of pink to make the list, neon pink (2nd) and hot pink (6th) were also featured in the top 10 colours Brits would never want in their home.
Neon yellow came in third on the list. This obscenely bright shade isn’t easy on the eyes which is why it’s appearance on the list of most hated home colours isn’t a huge shock. More surprising though is the inclusion of another shade of yellow, lemon yellow, which came in at 9th on the list of most hated colours with 38% of respondents shunning this shade of what is usually deemed the happiest colour.
In fourth place was Lime Green with nearly 43% of UK residents deciding this colour wasn’t one for them. Over the past year or so, greens have become a very popular choice for many rooms in the home, sage green and forest green for example.
Other colours in the top 10 included scarlet (5th), electric orange (7th) and electric blue (10th).
Black, which was 8th, was the only shade on the list which is not a bold shade and is also used in many design aesthetics such as gothic, dark academia and scandi.
As for people’s favourite colours, it was the neutral tones – such as grey and white – which had the widest appeal, with ‘earthy tones’ like sage green and plaster pink also proving popular.
Guess it’s time to repaint those fluorescent green bedrooms then…
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