My wife and I purchased our house 12 years ago and got HOA approval for the deck, the landscaping, and the fence. We finished our basement 5 or 6 years ago and got permits and inspections and are paying taxes on it. We try to follow the rules.
We've never lived in a house long enough to have to paint it before. When we decided to re-paint, we focused on selecting the painter - references, price, quality, etc.
We originally planned to re-paint the same colors. Kind of at the last minute, my wife suggested we go with something "cheerier". The painter had a color pallatte thing, we chose new colors, and had the house painted.
Someone in the neighborhood complained, the ACC served us with a "Notice of Violation", they met and turned down our colors. They say we have to re-paint.
We are going to appeal to the Board. Thoughts and suggestions are welcome. We plan to point out our history of compliance, take pictures of other houses that are as close to our colors as possible (ours are a bit brighter), and I'm going to see if I can get our neighbors to write up something saying they don't mind and don't think we should re-paint.
Re-painting would cost thousands of dollars, of course. Our new colors are brighter, but not an eyesore. We didn't do anything garish that would de-value other houses in the neighborhood.