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I was recently on-air with Mark and Theresa of MyFixitUpLife and "What Do You Think About Pantone's Color of the Year Emerald Green For Exterior?" was one of the questions they asked. I'm not a huge fan of Pantone's Emerald Green so I said that it wasn't a color I would recommend except maybe for a front door. In fact, I don't think I ever have recommended it for a home's exterior.
But this wasn't the first time I'd been asked that same question so it got me thinking about how you could make Emerald Green work for a home's exterior if you liked Pantone's pick for color of the year. It wasn't easy to find examples of homes that had incorporated this color so it seems I'm not the only one that doesn't recommend this particular green. In most cases it is just seems too vibrant a color to blend with the fixed features and surroundings.
I did find one beautiful example of home with a similar main color. The paint is a bit more toned down than the emerald above, which allows it to fit both the style of home and hillside setting quite nicely. Isn't this home lovely done up in emerald? The only thing I can think of that would make it more attractive would be if it was topped off with a DaVinci Roofscapes slate or shake roof.
If you have your heart set on emerald but it won't work well as the main body color for your home, how about painting just your front door? This way the color will greet you every time you arrive home. Here a few examples of variations of emerald on the front door. Another option is to use emerald as an outside accent color. It works quite well on the wooden planter boxes in front of a black door.
Another place that emerald might work is on your shutters. It can look quite nice against a white or neutral main color.
I'm glad I took a second look at using emerald as an exterior color. It might not be right for every exterior but it sure works well on the homes above. Just be careful to choose a color that is not so bright that it looks like a leprechaun lives inside. Also do always go back to the key factors in my FRESH approach to confirm your color is exactly right for your home.
I have opened my mind a bit more to emerald as an exterior option. Will emerald be your home's new color this year?
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