Home Owners Say They Want More Colorful Interiors

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine


Photo credit: Sherwin-Williams

Home owners aren’t shying away from using more color in their homes. Nearly two-in-three home owners say they would like to add color in their home, particularly in the living and family room, followed by bedroom and bathroom, according to the National Home Design and Color Survey by Sherwin-Williams, a survey of 1,450 home owners.

Seventy-five percent of the home owners surveyed say they believe a room or area needs paint.

What’s more, one in five home owners say they prefer a colorful paint palette, such as rich and dark or bold and bright.

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Photo credit: Sherwin-Williams

One-third of home owners – or about 32 percent – say they prefer color palettes featuring warm neutrals with hints of red, yellow, or brown. Twenty-five percent prefer cool neutrals with hints of blues or greens.

The survey also found some differing color preferences among age groups. For example, home owners 18 to 34 years old tended to say they prefer rich and dark color palettes while those 65 and older tended to prefer soft, light palettes.


Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Love color and we should live in our home to the fullest- life is short, own it.