9 best paints for your home

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9 best paints for your home
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Painting is one of the easiest DIY projects that can improve the look of your home when you’re on a budget.

The key is buying a quality paint and getting it at the right price!

Read more: These 4 paint colors can increase the value of your home

These are the best paints for inside and outside your home

J.D. Power is out with the results of its 2017 Paint Satisfaction Study.

After looking at 23 leading brand name paints, here are the results:

Interior paints

Sherwin-Williams, Behr, Benjamin Moore and Dutch Boy were all singled out for above average performance in the interior paint segment.

Exterior paints

Valspar leads in the exterior paint category. They’re followed by four repeat performers — Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore, Dutch Boy and Behr — to round out the Top 5 in this segment.

Paint stores

When it comes to question of where to buy your paint, J.D. Power ranked retailers on the assortment of merchandise available; the price; the sales and promotions; the staff and service; and finally, store facility.

The clear winners here are Ace Hardware and Sherwin-Williams.

In the second tier of sellers, we have Menards and any independent retailer of Benjamin Moore paints.

Finally, both PPG Paints and True Value perform above average in the store category.

These paint colors can increase the value of your home

Now that you know which brands of paint are the best and where it’s best to buy them, we can move on to the question of color.

Obviously, this is a highly subjective! What one homeowners loves on their walls, another person will loathe.

But there is a body of research out there that can help guide color choices if your motivation is to have more of that other color — green — in your pocket when you resell your home.

“Homes with yellow kitchens, often in hues of creamy or wheat yellow, yielded the highest sale premium ($1,360 above expected values),” according to Zillow findings.

Meanwhile, research shows that colors in the kitchen to avoid when looking to maximize home resale value include darker grays and browns.

Learn about how color choices in other rooms can help or hurt your home’s value.

Read more: This easy DIY upgrade can increase your home’s value by nearly $1,500

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Theo Thimou About the author:
Theo is director of content for clark.com. He has co-written 2 books with Clark Howard, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times.
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