HGTV's Erin Napier Shares The Perfect Paint Shade For A Homey Exterior

A house is not the same thing as a home, and trying to achieve that perfect "homey" feeling can be tricky, especially when you're still adjusting to a new space or revamping your current house. If you're looking for ways to make your home feel more homey on the outside, you may find yourself drawn to HGTV's hit series "Home Town," where something about every home Erin Napier touches just makes you want to step inside. From cozy living spaces to resort-worthy bathrooms and dreamy kitchens, Napier knows how to pull off some truly amazing home transformations, but for many, it's her exterior makeovers that take the cake — and it's often thanks to one reliable paint color she uses time and time again. Season 8's premiere episode saw Napier reaching for a soft sage green exterior paint — a color that she believes does wonders for a clean, bright, and homey aesthetic.

Sage green is one of Erin's favorite interior design colors in general, but especially when it comes to home exteriors. This color is at once trendy and timeless, blending well with any surrounding nature and bringing a light and fresh vibe that is less boring than standard white. Here's why Erin loves to use shades of sage green in her designs and the gorgeous light green paint colors that will inspire you to follow her lead.

Sage green marries nature with neutrals

Sage green is a go-to neutral for Erin Napier, who told Homes & Gardens, "You may think green is not neutral, but I say it certainly is. Look out your window and tell me what naturally occurring color you see the most of!" Napier frequently depends on sage green paint colors to make a home feel calming and serene, especially in homes for clients who need a little extra support. For a homebuyer recovering from a devastating tornado, Erin wrote in an Instagram post, "The colors, from decor to walls, needed to convey a sense of comfort and peace after living through such turmoil while their family was displaced ... For the exterior paint, we used Spring Spirits for the siding and Coastal Dusk for brackets and trim." Some other examples of sage exterior paint that Napier has used in the series include Kennebunkport Green by Benjamin Moore and Kale Green, Gallery Green, and Cascades by Sherwin Williams. 

If sage green still feels a little too green for your liking, Napier also frequently reaches for white or gray with a springy green undertone, such as Benjamin Moore's Misty Air or Celery Salt. Or you can take a chance on sage! After seeing the sage green exterior of Home Town's season 8 premiere, their client wholeheartedly agreed with her choice. "I love the color," said Kristie Verrett (via Realtor), "It just feels homey and welcoming and fresh and beautiful against the trees."