Paint Your Home a Shade of Green? These Photos May Convince You

Green apartment building with painted figure with voice balloon that says "Cool!"
Green apartment building with painted figure with voice balloon that says "Cool!". Green apartment building with painted figure with voice balloon that says "Cool!"

Green offers a wide palette of hues, ranging from the vibrant yellow-green of a spring leaf to subtle gray-green, olive, and moss colors.

Earthy greens blend well with natural woodsy settings and are often used on Bungalows and rustic Shingle Style houses. Dark forest or pine green is a traditional color for shutters and trim on many Colonial and Victorian-era houses. For a modern or Art Deco house, bright lime green can add pizazz. Add a touch of blue, and the color will turn a vivid turquoise.

Tropical Green in Delray Beach

Tropical electric Kool-Aid green house in Delray Beach, Florida
Photos of Houses in Shades of Green Tropical electric Kool-Aid green house in Delray Beach, Florida. Photo © Jackie Craven

Delray Beach, an artistic haven in sunny Florida, might expect some of its stucco to be green.

Can a house color be too bright? What works in a beach community might rile neighbors in your own neighborhood. Eye-popping electric green can make a psychedelic statement if it's in a San Francisco neighborhood. In a southern beach community, this green may look like a cooling lime sherbet.

Gray Green Bungalow

Bungalow Colors: This California Bungalow blends with the natural landscape
Photos of Houses in Shades of Green Bungalow Colors: California Bungalow blends with the natural landscape. Photo © iStockPhoto.com/Diana Lundin

Crisp white trim brings out the richness of the gray green stucco on this down-to-earth California Bungalow.

To achieve this look, browse through paint color charts for historic colors, gray colors, and earth colors. Check out some of the free tools to help you choose house paint colors.

Paint Color Suggestion

  • Body: Vlaspar Paint Color 4003-2B, Rugged Suede
  • Trim: Valspar Paint Color 7001-17, Cinema Screen

Remember that computer monitors aren't precise in the way they display colors. I always get a small can of paint to apply the color on a small area before purchasing a large quantity. Sample cans can be expensive, but they are well worth the investment.

Red and Green House

Red-colored cottage with very green trim and front door
Photos of Houses in Shades of Green Red and green give this cottage a festive atmosphere. Photo of the Emerson Library Building, the old library in Jackson, New Hampshire © Jackie Craven

Red and green give this New England cottage a festive atmosphere.

As you think about color combinations for your home, don't rule out red and green. Red and green are unexpected color combinations, but they are effective on this cottage in a tourist area of New Hampshire. The shades used here are a very common combinations used in the 20th century, whether the building be red with green trim or green with red.

This inviting structure was the town library from 1901 to 2010 in Jackson, New Hampshire.

Tudor Cottage Colors

The slate roof inspired the trim colors on this Tudor Cottage
Photos of Houses in Shades of Green The slate roof inspired the trim colors on this Tudor Cottage. Photo © Jackie Craven

The multicolored slate roof inspired the bright green door, shutters, and trim on this Tudor Cottage style home.

What color should you paint your house? Even if your roof is not slate, the shingles may suggest color combinations for your trim and accents.

Also, don't forget to look at your house at different times of the day. You can't have color without light, and the bright sun will surely change your home's appearance throughout the day. You might want to try a color that looks vibrant throughout the day.

Gray Green with Contrasting Gable

Green-colored siding with grey-shake gable and white trim.
Photos of Houses in Shades of Green Green-colored siding with grey-shake gable and white trim. Photo by J.Castro/Moment Mobile Collection/Getty Images

An earthy green complements the wooden siding on this suburban home.

The shade of green may be intense or muted. Either way, choose colors that harmonize nicely with natural woodwork or siding. Would this color combination work for your home?

At first look, one might assume great thought was behind the color choices of this house. How much work really went into picking this green to complement the natural wood shingle gable? But look at the house down the street—Deep Rose with Contrasting Gable. Same house, but with different siding.

Perhaps the vinyl siding salesman had a successful day in that neighborhood.

What Colors Go With Red Brick?

What Colors Go With Brick? A Green Gable contrasts with the red brick porches of this two-family home.
Photos of Houses in Shades of Green What Colors Go With Brick? A Green Gable contrasts with the red brick porches of this two-family home. Photo by J.Castro/Moment Mobile Collection/Getty Images

Dark green is a traditional color for architectural details on a red brick house. Red and green are complementary colors, opposite on the color wheel.

If there can be a gallery of 20 Gorgeous Redheads, can't there be a gallery of 20 Gorgeous Bricks? Like the person with red hair, the person with a red brick house exterior has to be careful with accessories. The color choices for house trim are often shades of green, but choose wisely. The trim color (or colors) should be a bridge between the roof and brick colors.

Moss Green Cedar Shakes

Victorian Shingle homes were often painted dark, earthy colors
Photos of Houses in Shades of Green Victorian Shingle homes were often painted dark, earthy colors. Photo © Jackie Craven

Mossy green colors suit the informal, back-to-nature atmosphere of this Victorian Shingle home. Note the splash of red in the landscape.

The green is a muted, mossy tone. This subtle color combination works will with gray and black details.

Color psychology experts may tell you that a green house symbolizes nature, and this house on a wooded lot fits right into that theory. They also say that green is a symbol of fertility, which is also about nature.

Leaf Green Ranch House

Leaf Green Ranch House
Photos of Houses in Shades of Green Leaf Green Ranch House. Photo (cc) Flickr Member Keeping it Real

Nestled on a shaded lot in Austin, Texas, this Ranch style house is painted a leafy green.

The green is a tad on the bright side, but in this lush landscape the color combination doesn't overwhelm.

The vertical board and batten siding makes this one story home seem large. Architect Cathy Schwabe used the same visual trick in her design of a Mendocino County cottage. The green color used here also makes the home seem larger, integrating the structure into its natural setting, blurring the lines between the architecture and its environment.

Contrasting Colors on Architecture

Yellow accents the architectural elements of this primarily green apartment house
Photos of Houses in Shades of Green Yellow accents the architectural elements of this primarily green apartment house. Photo by Keith Getter/Moment Mobile Collection/Getty Images (cropped)

More than trim can be a contrasting color on a home.

The familiar round tower of a Queen Anne style home was often constructed of a different material or sided with a Victorian color that contrasted with the main home.Why not do the same for a more modern home?

In the house shown here, architectural jogs that bay outward and also inward indentations are painted in yellow while an olive green is the primary color of the house. Why yellow? A shade of red or pink may make the house look too much like a pimento-stuffed olive, although that color scheme works well for the shades used on an old New England library. Painting experts tell us that the color green is made by mixing yellow and blue, so yellow is the perfect harmony to complement this green home.

White, the Safe Trim Color with Green

Two-story green house with white porch and trim.
Photos of Houses in Shades of Green Two-story green house with white porch and trim. Photo by J.Castro/Moment Mobile Collection/Getty Images

Maybe white trim is just too safe?

If it's the all purpose contrasting trim color, what makes your house unique? Compare this home with its Red equivalent—on the same street.

Salem Green

Large green colonial 2 1/2 story box home in Salem, Massachusetts
Photos of Houses in Shades of Green Large green colonial 2 1/2 story box home in Salem, Massachusetts. Photo © Jackie Craven

Salem is a wonderful old town filled with the colors of New England.

The Crowninshield-Devereaux House at 74 Washington Square in Salem, Massachusetts used to have a more pronounced hipped roof with a centered balustrade. The McAlester's Field Guide may have called this three-story house, somewhat typical for Salem, Massachusetts, an Adam style colonial. Built circa 1803, the house today has been split into condominia. The exterior, however, is intact and one of the most beautiful shades of sage green—a superb hue that goes well with white and black trim.

Learn More:

  • Architecture in Salem: An Illustrated Guide by Bryant F. Tolles Jr, 2004
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Sources: McAlester, Virginia and Lee. Field Guide to American Houses. New York. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 1984, pp. 153-164; HABS MA-582, Library of Congress [accessed March 21, 2016]

Green Stucco Elegance

Pale green stucco on a house in Delray Beach, Florida
Photos of Houses in Shades of Green Pale green stucco on a house in Delray Beach, Florida. Photo © Jackie Craven

This elegant, pale green stucco house is on Historic Bankers Row in Delray Beach, Florida.

When choosing house colors, sometimes the complementing colors are from the house next door—at times on purpose and every so often by a happy coincidence.

This wood-frame, stucco-sided house at 238 First Avenue in Delray Beach, Florida was built around 1924. Its neighbor is a salmon-colored estate on Bankers Row. The delicate, subtle shades found on one side of First Avenue are not representative of the entire street, but they do define the muted tastefulness of Bankers Row.

Color makes a difference. Check out a more electric shade of green in a different Delray Beach neighborhood. Same town; different green.

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