New research from Dulux has revealed the most sought-after house colour in Blackburn- and one property expert says painting it this shade can increase property value by thousands.

Dulux’s report found that grey is Blackburn’s most on-trend exterior house colour, making up 44% of online searches.

This is a similar trend in the rest of the North West where grey also dominated the exterior trends reports.

White came in at second (17 per cent of online searches) while blue trailed behind in fifth (10 per cent of online searches)

Here is the full top five list for the North West:

1. Grey- 44%

2. White- 17%

3. Black- 15%

4. Green- 14%

5. Blue- 10%

The findings were put to a property expert, who could reveal that following colour trends can add a 3-6% value to your house price.

To discover Blackburn’s biggest home exterior trends of 2021 and its impact on house prices, Dulux Weathershield looked into the most searched-for trend queries online.

Marco Helliwell, Founder and CEO of, explains that grey is such a popular colour not just for trend reasons, but for its practicality too.

He said: “Grey is incredibly practical as it doesn't show dirt and wear and tear as much as white features do. The grey is fashionable as well because it modernises less appealing non-period properties. 

“Grey windows and front doors are very popular, especially for properties built from 1930 onwards. The grey look enables you to have metal or PVC windows, which are much cheaper than timber, without it looking cheap.

“We have seen instances where buyers want to be in a certain area, but don't have the budget to get a period property in that postcode, so they are going for other properties then doing this type of work to them.

"A combination of putting a period front door and painting it the same colour as the grey windows is a great compromise.” 

Marco also explained that using trendy colours on the exterior of your house might add as much as 6% more value to your house. 

He said: “A house that is employing one of the trends (say grey windows) and is for sale for £650k, generates quick interest with multiple potential buyers.

“This creates a bidding war and pushes up the price - up to even £20k. That is a 3% gain by having several buyers interested bidding against each other.

“If the property had a traditional and less striking feature and ended up on the market for a longer period of time, then buyers may even offer below asking - up to £20k less, making the gain as much as 6%.”

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