Houses with front doors in shades of black — from charcoal to jet — fetched $6,271 more than expected when sold, according to the latest paint color analysis from real-estate website Zillow ZG, -0.35%
A black front door wasn’t the only bold design choice that paid off for home sellers. Tuxedo-style kitchen cabinetry — where the upper cabinets are white or light-colored and lower cabinets or kitchen islands are dark navy or black — garnered a premium of more than $1,500.
“We’re seeing a notable shift in home design where pops of color — particularly in darker hues of blue and gray to even black — are becoming increasingly popular,” Zillow home-design expert Kerrie Kelly said in the report. “Contrasting colors, especially in kitchens and home exteriors, add interest and dimension to a room that plays very well in listing photos and videos.”
Pops of color are especially important for front doors, according to Zillow. It often forms the first impression in a prospective home buyer’s mind and can determine how they will view the rest of the property when touring a home. A door paint in a popular color can help make buyers feel that the property is well cared for.