TL;DR Light Green Paint Colors
So you have decided to paint a room in your home a light green paint color. Good for you! Green is such a fun color, and I highly recommend more color in your home. In this post, we are going to dive into the zen tones of the lighter shades of green.
I’m obviously not an interior designer. I mean that really didn’t need to be said, it is obvious! But people are trending more toward more vibrancy in their homes versus the traditional muted palette that has been so popular on social media over the last few years.
I know what you are thinking, who cares what people are saying on social media? It’s not so much that I care what they say. It’s that I find a lot of my inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest. I like to see what people buy and how they style it.
If that’s you too, then let’s talk about light green paint and see if inspiration strikes! I’ve scoured the internet, interior design books, blogs, you name it, and these are the best light green paint colors in 2023.
I wouldn’t lead you astray, I only recommend colors that I would personally use in my own home. So if you are looking for the perfect shade of light green to paint a room in your home, keep reading.
*This list is updated yearly so be sure to bookmark this page for future reference!
The 8 Best Light Green Paint Colors
One last note before we dive in, I looked at all paint brands while doing this research. The following list features colors from a variety of paint manufacturers and that is only because I truly loved their colors most for this color tone. I am not being paid by any brand, and I personally use a lot of Behr paint in my own home.
Zen by Behr – This Light Green Paint Color is in My House!
This is the color I chose to paint our guest room last year and I was shocked at how much I loved it. I mean, sometimes you think you have this great idea for a color and then it looks like your grandma’s 1970s kitchen and that’s not the vibe.
Behr’s Zen light green paint is the perfect saturated yet muted shade that really does make you feel zen. It’s like walking into a guest room in your favorite fictional house for a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of your city life. I imagine, when I become best friends with MaryKate or Ashley Olsen, they will love my Zen guest room!
*Notice the difference between my photo and the photo from Home Depot? Paint colors look different in every room.
Get all of the details on this light green paint color from Behr
Soft Fern by Benjamin Moore
A pleasing pale green misted with gray tones.Benjamin Moore
How many times during this post will I compare a light green paint color to calmness and zen? Because I’m only two colors in and I was about to do it again!
Benjamin Moore’s Soft Fern is like sitting on your wrap-around porch sipping iced tea and watching your ferns gently sway in the breeze. The color has enough saturation to lift your mood but is still calming.
Now I need a wrap-around porch filled with ferns.
Softened Green by Sherwin Williams
Evoke a comforting, natural feel with this gentle green neutral.Sherwin Williams
Sherwin Williams’ Softened Green is a show-stopper. I can’t stop looking at the green walls next to the black interior windows in the photo from Sherwin Williams. It is just sharp.
This light green paint color has more of a sage look to it than the previous two. This gives it a bit of an edgier vibe. Don’t worry, it still feels calming!
Evergreen Fog by Sherwin Williams – Maybe My Favorite Light Green Paint Color!
This versatile, chameleon color will breathe a calming freshness into your space.Sherwin Williams
This color is definitely on the darker side of the light green color scale but it is just too good not to add to the list.
Sherwin Williams’ Evergreen Fog is the new greige. It’s a mix of green, grey, and classic. I could imagine this color in any room in your house, which can’t be said for all paint colors. Now I’m contemplating what room in my house I should paint this color.
Hollingsworth Green by Benjamin Moore
A feather-light combination of green, blue and gray.Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore’s Hollingsworth Green features a blue undertone giving this light green shade a cooler look. (And by cooler, I mean the opposite of warm. Not that it’s cooler than the rest!)
There’s something about this shade (or maybe it’s the name?) that makes this color feel like it belongs in an English countryside cottage. Like Kate Winslet’s character in The Holiday had a bedroom painted this light green paint color. Obviously, there were lots of patchwork quilts and miscellaneous wall decorations.
Clary Sage by Sherwin Williams
Bring a botanical vibe to your space with this soft herbal green. This calming hue is warmed by a slight yellow undertone.Sherwin Williams
While Kelly Green may be the unofficial color of Ireland, this light green paint color is my official Irish color. Sherwin Williams’ Clary Sage is like a subtle four-leaf clover painted on your wall.
Embrace your Irish heritage (or pretend you have one) and paint a room in your home this color!
Emmies Room by Magnolia Home
Fresh mint blue lightly dusted with avocado green.Magnolia Home
The color description for Magnolia Home’s Emmies Room light green paint color is spot on. You can tell just by the photos the light will play off of the blue and green hues of this color. Which makes it a great choice if you are undecided about which way to go.
Get all of the details on this light green paint color from Magnolia Home
Soft Sage by Sherwin Williams
This color screams rich neutral. And I don’t mean rich as in luscious. I mean when you walk into a room painted this color you would assume the person is rich honey.
You don’t need to paint your walls a safe neutral grey because you have money to paint it Sherwin Williams’ Soft Sage light green paint color and then change it in a month if the mood strikes you. Not that you would obviously because this color is perfection.
How To Find The Right Shade Of Light Green Paint Colors For Your Room
Ok, I know this isn’t your first rodeo when it comes to painting a room. And I know that you know how important buying paint samples and swatching is. But let’s just discuss it.
There are so many factors that go into how a color looks on your walls. What color are your floors, baseboards, ceiling? How many windows are in that room and what direction do they face? Does the room get a lot of natural light? Do you use yellow or blue light bulbs?
All of these are things to consider when choosing a wall color and are why it’s important to buy the paint samples and swatch them on your walls. Don’t forget to look at those swatches during different times of the day too.
I know swatching is annoying. But you’ll be happier with the final color if you do it.
Real Quick, Let’s Talk Wall Prep
I added this at the last minute because I’m having a dilemma myself. Do your walls have texture and are you ok with that? I’m currently in the middle of a bathroom refresh which started a lot longer ago than I care to admit. Life, you know? But I painted the walls and ceiling of this bathroom a *bit* ago and now it’s time to go in and finish the project and I HATE THE TEXTURED WALLS. Like I’m losing sleep over it.
Do I eat the $75 in paint costs that I’ve spent so far and smooth the walls? Or do I live with it?
All of this to say, do your due diligence when it comes to wall prep.
- Do you want smooth walls?
- Is there something janky that needs to be fixed?
- Patch any wholes appropriately! If your walls are textured, you will need to buy a spray-on texture after patching a whole or large nail spot.
- Do you want to add beadboard, box molding, wallpaper, etc.?