Why Fix My Flip's Page Turner Advises Against Selling A House With White Walls

When it comes time to sell your home or even flip a home you have been working on, leaving it as a blank slate is not always the best option. Although taking away personal or super niche touches may seem like the best idea (after all, you want future home buyers to be able to envision themselves living in the space), there is something to be said for having too little character. According to real estate flipper and host of the HGTV show "Fix My Flip," Page Turner, if you are hoping to attract home buyers, you want to add some life to those blank white walls.

On her show "Fix My Flip," which has just begun its second season on HGTV, Turner has advised a few real estate flippers to go for a quick sale on their property as opposed to designing it in a way that is more suitable for renters. In Season 1 Episode 4, entitled "Big Plans, Big Pivot," she recommends changing the color of the living room walls. "Plain white walls are fine for renters to mark up and hang their big screens, but buyers are looking for something a little more unique," Turner says (via Realtor). Instead of the white-out appearance, she suggests that the home flippers change the shade of the fireplace to dark midnight color with a warm wooden mantel and add square accents to the walls to bring out some dramatic effects and contrast.

What wall color is the best for selling your home

While white walls may not be the most eye-catching way to sell your home, you may be scratching your head trying to find the perfect shade that will leave potential home buyers with the best impression. It is always a good idea to stick with a neutral pallet when looking for wall colors. You don't want to be too dramatic with bright yellow, blue, or even green tones as it may not cater to everyone's taste. Instead, stick to creamy colors, warm grays, and greige. Although these shades may not seem too far gone from a blank white look, they will be just enough to cozy up a room while allowing the home buyer freedom to picture themselves in the space.

A contrast of greige walls with white or even natural wood-colored baseboards and trim can be just enough to add dimension to the area without making it too personal. Painting the inside of your home in a popular neutral tone can even help to increase the earning potential of your home by up to $2,000, according to Real Simple. So, if you are looking to sell your home, it could be worthwhile to skip the white and bold colors altogether and find a nice calming, and impartial tone so that the buyer has the freedom to let their imagination run wild.

Other colors to avoid painting your home if you are looking to sell

It's always a good idea to give the inside of your home a fresh coat of paint if you're about to put it up on the competitive real estate market. Not only will it revitalize each room and make the whole inside of your home look clean and fresh, but it can also help to get rid of the unwanted cooking, pet, or even smoking smells that may have accumulated around the home. To help sell your home, incorporate neutral tones for a more inviting look. But beware, there is definitely a collection of colors you want to make sure to avoid so you don't send potential home buyers running to the next listing.

Dark shades are a definite no-no. Colors such as deep blues and inky grays don't help to reflect natural light around the area and tend to close in a room and make it appear dreary and cramped. These tones can be especially off-putting when used in bathrooms that don't already benefit from the additional square footage. Instead, opt for pale blues that give an air of calm tranquility which is ideal for the bathroom. Burgundy and deep reds should also be avoided if you are looking to sell, as they are an acquired taste that may not fit most buyers' palates. For the bedroom, ensure that you are steering clear of decorating the walls with outdated gender role colors such as pink and blue. Buyers want to envision their future in the home and may be put off, especially if children are not in their particular life plan.