Would You Paint Your House This Color?
House colors have often created controversy, especially when it’s time to list.
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.
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.