When looking to paint a home, playing it safe may be the best way to ensure that the value of a home does not fall when selling. MarketWatch staffer Megan Elliot takes a look at the four colors that hurt the value of a home.

Paint is a relatively-affordable way to improve the appeal of a home but choose colors that appeal to the masses and stay away from colors such like off-white or eggshell:

Shades of white might seem like a safe bet when you’re at the home improvement store, but they aren’t guaranteed to be a big hit with buyers. Homes with off-white or eggshell kitchens sold for $82 less than Zillow estimated they would. Instead, people loved kitchens with a coat of wheat yellow paint on the walls, which boosted a home’s selling price by $1,360.

Read more >