Hint: It’s a beach lover’s favorite hue (and it's not white).

By Marisa Spyker
July 13, 2017
Photographer: Annie Schlechter, Styling by: Matthew Gleason

It’s no secret that here at Coastal Living, we’re obsessed with the color blue. It’s the theme of an entire issue, the primary color on our Instagram feed, and the winner (in its various shades) of our Color of the Year contest three years in a row. And according to a new survey, coast lovers aren’t the only ones digging this sea-inspired hue: house hunters are, too.

A study conducted by Zillow recently revealed that homes with blue bathrooms, kitchens, dining rooms and bedrooms tend to sell for thousands of dollars more than expected, with blue bathrooms bringing in the most at a hefty $5,440 premium.

The Paint Color Analysis looked at more than 32,000 photos from sold homes around the country to see how homes with colorful rooms fared when compared to similar homes with classic white walls.

Their results suggest that a lack of color inside the home could deter buyers and hurt sale prices. While blues, particularly pale or soft periwinkle shades, in the bathroom were associated with higher sale prices, homes with bathrooms painted in white or off-white shades sold for an average of $4,035 less than expected.

Photo: Peter Frank Edwards; Styling: Ginny Branch

Blue is traditionally a popular interior paint color, particularly in bathrooms and bedrooms, because of its tendency to evoke feelings of calmness and freshness. It also happens to be perfect for complementing breezy ocean views.

Whether your bathroom has a killer view or not, decorating with your true blue (take our quiz to find yours here!) might be a smart idea for both your mood and your wallet.

Photo: Erin Kunkel, Styling by Liz Strong

Image credits, from top: Annie Schlechter, Peter Frank Edwards, Erin Kunkel