Published on April 8, 2021

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Houses with black front doors have proven to sell for up to $6,000 more than similar homes, and ones that are olive green seem to attract buyers faster than normal. But what about the color that just makes you feel really good inside? That hue, as we’ve recently learned from Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s just-listed Los Angeles home, is aquamarine. 

The bright blue-green shade is the kind we expect to see on the walls of a nursery, but Ferguson’s Spanish Colonial house in Los Feliz shows it can look sophisticated in the form of French doors and window trim. Not pictured: A pool and waterfall clad in matching ceramic tiles. 


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While Ferguson’s home, which he shares with husband Justin Mikita and their 1-year-old son, Beckett, will cost you a cool $7 million, this exterior inspiration is free. And given that spring is the best season to tackle your house’s curb appeal (priming and painting feel like less of a chore when you’re surrounded by blooming flowers), we chose three swatches to get you started. 

Teal Tone by Benjamin Moore

For the same punchy effect, try this rich mid-tone teal that will transport you to the Caribbean. 

Blue Ground by Farrow & Ball 

A softer pastel version will still make your house stand out, especially if the rest of the facade is white. 

Sublime by Clare 

This supersaturated jewel tone is 100 percent acrylic, so the finish resists dirt, grime, and mildew. It’s time to bring out the drop cloth. 

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