Seeing Green: Architects Pick the Best Exterior Green Paints by

Issue 97 · Love Letter to the Houseplant · November 13, 2013

Seeing Green: Architects Pick the Best Exterior Green Paints

Issue 97 · Love Letter to the Houseplant · November 13, 2013

Green is hard. I heard this refrain over and over while interviewing architects and designers on their favorite exterior green paint colors. Olive greens can quickly become yellow drab, and paler shades can look cartoonish.

Luckily, our architects and designers have made the mistakes, so you don't have to. In our latest in our series on the best exterior paint colors, we've tackled green, relying on expertise from our Architect/Designer Directory and beyond. 

Swatch photographs by Meredith SwinehartPhotography shot with the Canon EOS 70D digital SLR camera, with Dual Pixel AF technology and built-in Wi-Fi.

Best Exterior Outdoor Green House Paints, Gardenista

Above: Top row, left to right: Pratt & Lambert Olive Shadow; Cabot Solid Stain in Sagebrush; Farrow & Ball Studio Green; Benjamin Moore Cedar Path; and Benjamin Moore Central Park. Bottom row: Benjamin Moore Mohegan Sage; Sherwin-Williams Yew Hedge; Benjamin Moore Black Forest Green; and C2 Paints Toadstool.

Best Exterior Outdoor Green House Paints, Sherwin-Williams Yew Hedge, Gardenista

Above: San Antonio architects Lake | Flato chose Sherwin-Williams' Yew Hedge for exterior features at the Hotel San Jose in Austin. Says project architect Bob Harris, "We were looking for an old-school hill country green. The green you see painted on the back porch screen doors of old country limestone homes.” The shade has been discontinued but can still be mixed at most paint stores.

Best Exterior Outdoor Green House Paints, Benjamin Moore Mohegan Sage, Gardenista

Above: Blogger Freckles Chick chose Benjamin Moore's Mohegan Sage for the exterior of her Colorado cottage. She notes, "If you were to take all the saturated colors of a rainforest and mix them together, this would be it." She chose Benjamin Moore White Dove for the trim. 

Best Exterior Outdoor Green House Paints, Benjamin Moore Cedar Path, Gardenista

Above: Architect Amy Alper painted the trim of her creekside cabin in Benjamin Moore's Cedar Path, the truest green of those recommended here. Read the full story in The Ultimate Creekside Cabin, Northern California Edition.

Best Exterior Outdoor Green House Paints, Benjamin Moore Central Park, Gardenista

Above: Marin County, CA-based Pedersen Associates used Central Park from Benjamin Moore on the green half of this definitively modern home. 

Best Exterior Outdoor Green House Paints, Benjamin Moore Black Forest Green, Gardenista

Above: We featured Burr & McCallum's Worthington Barn paint in our roundup of the Best Exterior Black Paints, because Benjamin Moore's Black Forest Green is just about as black as green can get. (The color is discontinued but can still be mixed at many paint stores.) The architects added more color with trim in Benjamin Moore's Essex Green

Best Exterior Outdoor Green House Paints, Farrow & Ball Studio Green, Gardenista

Above: Says architect Jon Handley of Pulltab Design, "Our favorite exterior color for painted steel is a very dark, almost black, green." On a recent rooftop penthouse addition, the designers chose Farrow & Ball's Studio Green for the steel frame of the entry door and the exterior light. (The shade was also one of our recent Moody Paint Picks over on Remodelista.)

Best Exterior Outdoor Green House Paints, Cabot Solid Stain in Sagebrush, Gardenista

Above: Silver Spring, MD-based Gardner Mohr Architects used Cabot solid stain in Sagebrush over custom-milled cypress siding for this modern, Japanese-inflected house. 

Best Exterior Outdoor Green House Paints, C2 Paints Toadstool, Gardenista

Above: Seattle-based JAS Design Build used Toadstool from C2 Paints on this exterior, with trim in C2's Amazon. Toadstool is a medium shade of sage, darker than Sagebrush but lighter than Mohegan Sage

Best Exterior Outdoor Green House Paints, Pratt & Lambert Olive Shadow, Gardenista

Above: JAS used Olive Shadow from Pratt & Lambert on this Seattle home. For more work from JAS Design Build, see Architect Visit: Lake Washington Boathouse

Explore all the colors in our exterior paints series, starting with Black, White, and Gray.



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