The White Choice: 5 Tips to Picking the Right White Interior Paint That Your HOA Is Sure to Approve

How to Pick the Right White Interior Paint for Your HOA

1. Read Your Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions

Before you even start searching for the white paint of your dreams, take some time to understand the rules and restrictions imposed by your Northern California HOA. Every HOA details these guidelines in their Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs). Generally speaking, this document will contain rules regarding pet ownership, parking, landscaping, guest etiquette, and, of course, renovations. Fortunately, most HOA painting restrictions involve exterior projects. As for painting your interiors, you will have more leeway. That said, some HOAs will still have certain restrictions regarding interior paint colors, finishes, and design choices. Check your CC&Rs to see if there are any clauses pertaining to interior painting and color choice -- if not, you won’t need to worry about complying with a particular shade of white for your rooms.

2. Do Your Research

Regardless of your HOA’s particular interior painting rules, you’ll want to go with a white paint that you enjoy, of course. The only way to feel confident in your decision is to compare a variety of white paints and test them in your home under different types of lighting. If you’re not sure where to start, many paint manufacturers have HOA-specific paint suggestions to browse online. You can also visualize the way different shades will look in a given room via augmented reality applications like BEHR®’s Color Visualizer or Sherwin-Williams’ ColorSnap®.

3. Talk to Your Neighbors

For more inspiration and insight, don’t be afraid to reach out to others in your Northern California HOA about their painting choices. Seeing what those around you have done with their properties can give you ideas and affirm your decisions. Not only can your neighbors give you advice regarding interior color choices -- they may also help you find the best interior painting services for your project based on their past experience.

4. When in Doubt, Ask for Approval

Once you’ve narrowed down your search of white interior paint and interior painting contractors, be sure to seek written approval from your Northern California HOA. Sure, your CC&Rs might not mention any restrictions regarding interior paint or white paint in particular, but it’s always smart to inform your HOA before tackling any home renovation project. In doing so, you’ll make sure that your choices don’t violate any terms in your contract and you’ll stay in your HOA’s good graces.

5. Get an Expert Opinion

Choosing paint colors is challenging -- selecting a shade of white can be even more difficult because the choices are often so similar yet distinct enough to make a difference in your home. If you want to minimize your hardship, look for interior house painters that offer color consultations and/or at least have enough experience under their belts to help you navigate this process.

Endure Painting has years of experience enhancing residential, commercial, and multifamily properties. Let us help you make the “white” choice for your HOA property’s interior! For more information regarding our skills and services, call us at (510) 458-2120 or send us an email at

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