Would You Paint Your House This Color?

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Would You Paint Your House This Color?


House colors have often created controversy, especially when it’s time to list.


Pink house As I drive around and note the range of styles of homes in my market, every now and then a home jumps out because of its style – perhaps uber contemporary in an otherwise traditional or homogeneous neighborhood – or when the color REALLY pops, as in these two examples.


No doubt homes painted strong colors raise equally strong emotions from neighbors. Some may think it’s fun, daring and creative.


Others may really hate it.


There was an article in our local paper some years back about an artistic homeowner who took the creative side of her and used it on her house color, a very vibrant green (which I actually found rather interesting).


But many of the neighbors were up in arms, with some even attempting to legally require the homeowner to change the color of the house.


Purple house at the beach


In some HOAs there are specific regulations which do dictate what you can and cannot do around paint colors and other architectural details. But in other communities the pressure may only come from the neighbors. Can they really dictate what you do with your home or not?


So what does an unusual or strong color on your house say?


Is it OK to paint the home that YOU own whatever you want?


And how might this impact your ability to sell, should that become an issue.


If you have any great stories, or even better, intriguing photos, please share.


Now there ARE exceptions. Take the well-known Painted Ladies in San Francisco and other communities. The Painted ladies are Victorian and Edwardian style homes that are painted multiple colors to accentuate their acrhitecrual details.




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  1. Lenn Harley 10/24/2012 07:33 PM
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David Shamansky
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Dont mind seeing it but no way could I pull up to that every day. sorry not my gig

Oct 24, 2012 03:33 PM #1
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


No doubt there are others that would agree with you. The pink one is VERY visible from the coast road given its location. I call it the Pepto-Bismol house.


Oct 24, 2012 03:39 PM #2
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

When my girl was little( just few years ago) she wanted us to have a pink house, to buy and paint it right away:). She used to say:'Everyone can see that is MY house! No one else has a pink pretty house like that''. Now she does not like pink any more, but i miss her dreams of a pink house....I'd like in a pink house:)

So, yes, I don't mind bright colors at all. I love them( not sure about majority of our clients, probably not so)

Oct 24, 2012 04:40 PM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Jeff - while HOAs often get a bad rap for their intrusive ways they do help keep order(yes, yes I know often at the risk of being an individual) in a neighborhood.   These two examples scream -- look at me -- not good or bad but I'd say probably would be a deterrent if selling.   

Oct 24, 2012 05:29 PM #4
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

All good questions.  I have a customer who just moved into a pink house w/ green shutters.  They plan to eventually paint it, but there is so much other work to be done first.  Personally, I'd rather see people decorate the inside of their homes rather than the outside.  Outside should be  bit more conservative/standard.

Oct 24, 2012 07:05 PM #5
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Jeff..... what are people thinking when they select those bold colors to paint a home..... the good news is that it can be repainted.... the neighbors must want to move or wish THEY would...

Oct 24, 2012 07:55 PM #6
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Jeff, On the one hand if there's no HOA or local rule against it, sure the homeowner can paint it anything they want.  Maybe the first homeowner you pictured is an executive with Pepto-Bismol :)  Otherwise I don't really get that color choice!  Sellers should be aware that colors outside the norm either inside or outside the home can impact buyers willingness to see or buy a home.  There home will certainly be remembered, but probably not for the right reasons you want if you're trying to sell.

Oct 24, 2012 08:16 PM #7
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Welll Jeff, it really is somewhat obnoxious I feel to do something that so distresses your neighborhood...and this is one instance that would.  I just don't feel the color vibes running through my veins like this one!

Oct 24, 2012 09:51 PM #8
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Inna - interesting! When I was 9 we moved to an older home that was light pink. We used to laugh about it but it stayed that way for years.  And look at what you see in San Francisco, as an example.

Michael - no doubt it would limit the pool of people who were willing to purchase, and not an inexpensive thing to change.


Oct 25, 2012 01:55 AM #9
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

I really don't why people paint their homes some of these colors.  There are a couple in my neighborhood, one canary yellow, and right on the main street so everyone sees, it and I am trying to remember the color of the other one.  Personally, I think they are eysores, and they certainly are not going to be anonymous.

Oct 25, 2012 10:53 AM #10
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Having lived on Maui for so many years I think I have become immune to brightly colored homes.  I think in the tropics they look more "in place" with so many other bright colors vying for your attention.  But when I'm back "east" the boring colors are the norm and that's what people want to see.  In some areas, if you don't paint your house white then there must be something wrong with you... that's almost extreme to the other end of the spectrum.  I really think a person should be able to paint their house any color they want to.  Selling the home, well that's another story.

Oct 25, 2012 11:51 AM #11
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