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

Paint is a relatively-affordable way to improve the appeal of your home but choose colors that appeal to the masses and stay away from such colors as 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.

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