The Best Rental Paint Colors

So maybe you're a tenant looking to spruce up your new rental or maybe you're a landlord seeking to freshen up a rental during turnover... whatever the case, one thing is for certain... you're looking to paint with an awesome color that will stand the test of time, stands up to wear and appeals to most (we're pretty sure that's why you're here).

Bare white walls might seem easy but, they're neither appealing nor as easy to maintain as some may think. Color is attractive and warms up a space. As a tenant you want a color that feels like home and feels comfortable within your space; as a landlord you want color and paint that is appealing to most and easy to maintain. Well, we have good news!... there is a way tenant and landlord can both get what they want - yep, true story.

Before Getting Started

Before you start getting the paint rollers and color swatches out however, it's important to cover all your bases. If you're a tenant it's important to reference your lease before you start splashing paint on the walls... your landlord may have certain restrictions and conditions specifically addressing painting by tenants. Most lease agreements require a tenant to seek approval from the landlord before being allowed to paint... it might be an additional step but, receiving approval will likely also mean you won't have to repaint the unit back to its original color once you move-out... that is... if it is painted correctly and conditions set by the landlord are met.

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Okay... we hear what you're thinking... what conditions? Well, some common conditions might include:

  • Providing color samples for approval

  • Using the correct sheen in paint color - eggshell on most walls; satin or semi-gloss on bathrooms and trim

  • Protecting flooring, trim, ceilings and outlets from over paint

  • Maintaining ceilings, doors and trim the same color

  • Using a professional painter

Following the conditions requested by your landlord will ensure that you get to update your space and not have to worry about painting it back or paying for a professional to address incorrect application.

Now that we got that out of the way... check out these great rent friendly paint colors:

1. Quail Ridge by BEHR

The Quail Ridge color itself is amazing. It's definitely a warmer grey with brown undertones. It makes the room very cozy but also looks elegant. The quality of the paint is impressive for the price.

2. Popular Gray by Sherwin Williams

Popular Gray has some brown undertones. It reads a bit more beige than gray. It pairs well with most furniture or added accent. The darker you go on this color strip, the browner you'll see the tones.

"Panting can be a win-win... and... as long as it is done correctly and the landlord is notified prior, you will only have to do it once."

3. Silver Sage by BEHR