10 Worst Colors to Paint Your House

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10 Worst Colors to Paint Your House

A simple change of color can change your whole outlook on life. That’s why it’s not uncommon for homeowners to want to switch things up and give their home a new look by giving it a new coat of paint. Paint is relatively inexpensive, and pretty much anyone with a ladder and some paint brushes can do it. Easy, right? Well – not so fast.

 

Color has a huge influence on the human psyche. Colors can make us happy or sad. They can make us feel cold or warm. They can determine if we want to eat a big meal, or lose our appetite entirely.

 

Because of this, you have to think carefully before you paint. That’s why it’s lucky that you stumbled onto this article. Read on to find the 10 worst colors to paint your house.

 
  1. 1.Ronald McDonald House

    No, not the Ronald McDonald House that does great things for sick kids and their families. I’m talking about the bright red and yellow home. Studies have shown that the colors red and yellow can make you feel hungry. That’s great if you are a fast food chain – not so much if you are a homeowner. If you want to use these colors, keep them behind closed doors – maybe in your kitchen or dining room. And use them sparingly!

  2. 2.Purple

    Barney the Dinosaur is a beloved children’s television show character. He helps kids learn to read and sing fun songs. He is great at what he does. However, he should not be the inspiration for your home’s exterior. Home experts say that you should choose colors that blend in with the neighborhood or with nature. Unless you live in the middle of a vineyard (lucky you), back away from deep, intense purples for your home. If you really, really must choose purple, choose a very pale lilac.

  3. 3.Patterns and Stripes

    There is no better way to make your home stand out in your neighborhood (maybe even your town, city or state) then deciding to paint your home with patterns and stripes. Not only is it incredibly ostentatious, it’s difficult to do. Imagine the time and effort it must take to get every stripe just right. It would take forever! And think how quickly you’d get sick of looking at plaid after arriving home from work every day! Just don’t do it.

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  5. 4.Neon Colors

    Neon colors can be so bright that they hurt your eyes. Do you really want to be responsible for your neighbors’ eye injuries? Not only that, but very bright neon colors can quickly fade – and not evenly. All your hard work picking out the color and then painting it could all end up a blotchy mess. Finally, light colors like pink, green or yellow can easily show dirt and stains, making your house appear dingy – not bright.

  6. 5.Black

    Given all the colors that I have warned you against, you may think that white is the perfect solution to your exterior painting needs. Well, think again. A bright, pure white paint color can be too harsh in the sunlight. Think about how you have to wear sunglasses when you are skiing to protect yourself from the sunlight bouncing off of the snow. A better solution would be an off-white or beige. Those colors give you the appearance of white, but are softer and a little easier on the eyes.

  7. 6.Bright White

    Given all the colors that I have warned you against, you may think that white is the perfect solution to your exterior painting needs. Well, think again. A bright, pure white paint color can be too harsh in the sunlight. Think about how you have to wear sunglasses when you are skiing to protect yourself from the sunlight bouncing off of the snow. A better solution would be an off-white or beige. Those colors give you the appearance of white, but are softer and a little easier on the eyes.

  8. 7.Pink

    Pink was a great color for Barbie’s dream house, but it’s not a good option for yours. Studies have found that pink can give people feelings of comfort and warmth. It’s also associated with little girls. If you really love that color, you should save it for your little girl’s bedroom and not the outside of your home. Another reason that you should stay away from pink is that it’s not just associated with children and dolls, it can make people think of a certain pink stomach medication. You don’t want to be known as the Pepto Bismol house, do you?

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  10. 8.Lime Green

    There are lots of colors that look just perfect when you are on vacation. However, these things are less than ideal when you are back to your real life back home. Think about the flowered Hawaiian shirt and fanny pack you wore on your last cruise. You wouldn’t wear that to work, would you? The same could be said for tropical colors like lime green. If you live in the middle of paradise, they are fine. However, if you are smack dab in the middle of the country with no body of water in sight, you may want to go for another color.

  11. 9.Orange

    Orange can be a very stimulating color. It might be great in small doses inside your home, but it’s not a good idea for the exterior of your home. However, the good news is that orange can make a fun accent color for the exterior of your home. Try orange shutters, an orange door or even orange awnings to give your home a quirky feel.

  12. 10.Fire-Engine Red

    The color red can conjure feelings of passion and excitement. That might be a little more than you want out of the front of a home. If you are looking to use a true red, you might want to use it in a bedroom or even a romantic bathroom. For the outside of your home, however, go for a more muted shade of red. Brick red houses can be very beautiful. If you must use a bright red outside of your home, maybe buy a bright red door, or paint some red roses instead.

     

    There are a few other things you should think about when choosing a color for your home. Some neighborhoods have rules in place that lay out what color residents may or may not paint their homes. If your neighborhood has something like a Home Owner’s Association, check with them before you start your project to find out if they do. Also, you may want to hire a professional to get the job done. Painting the exterior of a home involves lots of work high up on ladders – it may be a job you want to put into the hands of a professional. Use RedBeacon.com to find a great painting pro in your area!

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