My Top 5 Green Exterior Paint Colors by Benjamin Moore… and What I Chose.

Green is a classic and beautiful exterior paint color choice for your home. But which color to choose? I tried at least 12 different Benjamin Moore greens in my search for the perfect exterior paint color for my own home. Below, you’ll find my top 5 colors, including the one I chose…

BM Rolling Hills via Benjamin Moore + BM Rolling Hills via Houzz

BM Rolling Hills

Benjamin Moore Rolling Hills is a designer favorite for a reason. It works just as well on an old Craftsman like the home above as a new build. It has both gray and brown undertones, which allows it to morph like a chameleon in different lights. For this reason, it’s also a favorite for interiors. However, with a Light Reflective Value (LRV) of 23.41, this shade was simply too dark for my taste. I live in a climate with very hot, sunny summers and wanted a lighter color that would mitigate heat gain. Sadly, Rolling Hills was not a fit for me.

BM Saybrook Sage via Benjamin Moore + BM Saybrook Sage via Lynne Rutter

BM Saybrook Sage

Benjamin Moore Saybrook Sage is a stunning true sage gray-green. On the Victorian above, you can see just how beautiful it looks on an overcast day. Unfortunately, with an LRV of 44.91, this color simply wouldn’t work in my sunny climate. In bright sun, it appears much lighter and almost gray. I wanted a true green no matter the lighting, so I continued my search. However, this would be a beautiful option for a home in the Pacific Northwest. The home above is in foggy San Francisco.

BM Passion Vine via Benjamin Moore + BM Passion Vine via Total Quality Painting

BM Passion Vine

Benjamin Moore Passion Vine is a true olive color and an authentic Craftsman green. While it looks soft and beautiful in overcast light like on the home above, in my opinion in direct light—especially when viewed next to other greens—it shows up a bit baby puke-y. Also with an LRV of 21.53, it would be far too dark for my home. But if you’re going for a classic Craftsman color palette of olive green, rich cream, and rusty red, this would be a great option for you.

BM Louisburg Green via Benjamin Moore + BM Louisburg Green via Interiors by Color

BM Louisburg Green

Benjamin Moore Louisburg Green was a strong contender for me. It’s the perfect LRV of 32.77—light enough to prevent heat gain but dark enough to still hold true in bright light, like on the home above. However, I felt like it was just slightly too cool-toned for my home, which is surrounded by warmer green foliage—including towering pecan trees and the ferns I hang around my front porch. I needed a slightly warmer green that wouldn’t tone-clash with all of my greenery.

BM Creekside Green via Benjamin Moore + BM Creekside Green on my home

BM Creekside Green — my pick!

Benjamin Moore Creekside Green ended up being my perfect shade. It’s in that perfect lightness range with an LRV of 30.68 and has enough gray and brown undertones to hold its own against my warm foliage without blending in or clashing.

Benjamin Moore says, “This richly saturated shade is reminiscent of a stroll alongside a quiet creek bed on a warm summer’s day.”

Dang, I love paint color descriptions.

In some lights Creekside Green appears like olive, in other lights like sage, and when it’s overcast like a soft gray-green. It’s the perfect mood ring, chameleon-like shade—my favorite kind of paint color. I find myself stopping and staring at it often, just admiring it. I love how it turned out.

For more of my exterior painting journey, check out How to Paint Old, Peeling Wood Siding or my Exterior Paint highlight on IG.

  1. Charles says:

    Thank You for the post. Could you please tell me the trim color you used withe the Creekside Green? I am painting my house Creekside and I am worried that Dove white will be much to bright.

  2. Sandy says:

    Please do blue exteriors and aqua.

  3. Debbie See says:

    What is the trim color on your house you chose to go with the Creekside Green?

  4. Lacey Ryan says:

    This was very helpful! We bought a new (old) home in December, and we are in talks about exterior paint. We know we want a green, but that’s as far as we’ve gotten! Thanks for your tips and descriptions of each!

  5. Joanne Rogers says:

    I love your web page. The pictures of homes sure helps in deciding a color. Yo also discuss the undertones of each color which really helps me. Thanks so much!

  6. Megan says:

    I bought two samples to try on my house, a soft white and Creekside Green based on your recommendation. I figured I love olive and sage so either way I should be happy. Well after 3 weeks of rolling my paint job is complete. It only seems to read sage on my house but it looks gorgeous with my terracotta roof tiles and great with wood as well. Thanks for this excellent article, it helped relieve that glazed over look I got after staring for days at samples 🙂 I paired mine with Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan around the windows.

  7. Penny Brand says:

    Hi Renee, your house is so charming! I want to thank you for this detailed review of the different greens you tried! It was SO helpful in helping us choose an exterior paint for our lake house. We too have decided on Creekside Green for all the same reasons as you did. Would you mind also sharing your trim color? Not wanting it to be too creamy, I tried White Dove and Swiss Coffee, and both are too stark. Your trim is a nice crisp contrast, but not too stark. Thanks for any direction! Penny

    • Renee says:

      I am so glad to hear you love Creekside Green, too! I used White Dove on my trim, but if you felt it was too bright, Benjamin Moore Dove Wing or Sherwin Williams Oyster White may be better options!

  8. Jean says:

    Thanks so much for this post- as someone also trying to pick a green exterior house color it was super helpful! And as a result, I just got a sample of Creekside Green and I also think it’s a winner! I know it hasn’t been very long but has it stood up to fading? Or did you get any info from your paint store on its light fastness? I’m in the Bay Area, albeit a sunnier microclimate than San Francisco.

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