Many neighborhoods and subdivisions have deed restrictions in place to limit the spectrum of paint colors on houses. In some cases, those restrictions might provide a list of approved colors. Or non-approved colors may be listed, instead. Those approved and banned color lists can be minute and specific. For example, one shade of light yellow might be okay, while a different shade of light yellow might be forbidden [source: Glenn]. Restrictions can also apply to finishes like brick, stone and styles of siding [source: Fambrough]. Those can get pretty detailed. For example, a restriction might require that a certain percentage of a house's exterior be built of brick [source: Fambrough].