Shades of Green: Best Paint Colors for Olive, Sage, Mint, and More

If your space is due for an update, give it a refresh with one of these green hues.

bedroom with green wall

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Green is a versatile, nature-inspired color that has the power to calm, ground, energize, and refresh and its various shades range from soft pastels to dark and moody hues. Whether you're looking for a serene bedroom paint color or a deep, bold hue for kitchen cabinets, here is what you need to know about the most popular shades of green. From playful mint green to earthy olive and everything in between, these are some of our favorite hues.

We're sharing paint color recommendations for the most common shades of green, along with tips for color pairings, where to use each shade, and what materials it complements well. If you want to incorporate shades of green into your next home refresh, consider these green paint colors for your front door, an accent wall, or wainscoting.

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Olive Green

olive green wall with photo frames

Courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Olive green is a sophisticated shade whose depth and warm golden undertones make it a great choice for both traditional and modern interiors. The slightly muted hue pairs beautifully with tone-on-tone neutrals and crisp white trim for a cozy space that's endlessly inviting. Consider this shade for living room wall paneling, a powder room accent wall, or a formal dining space.

Paint Color: Hiking Path by Benjamin Moore

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Forest Green

green dining room wall

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For a rich, timeless aesthetic, you can't go wrong with forest green. The shadeBeverly is one of our favorite options, because it's so versatile. Bright daylight brings out this mid to dark green's saturation, while low light gives it a more conservative feel. Use it on kitchen cabinets for a striking statement, in a mudroom for a seamless transition to the outdoors, or on wainscoting for a two-tone look.

Paint Color: Beverly by Farrow & Ball

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Mint Green

bathroom with mint green walls

Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams

Give your home a refreshing update with a light and airy shade of mint green. The cool blue undertones of Rainwashed usher in a calm and serene atmosphere that makes this shade of green a popular choice for a bedroom or bathroom. It's also a trendy option for an exterior paint color and looks fresh and clean when paired with white trim work and shutters. Indoors, pair it with with aged brass hardware for a timeless finishing touch.

Paint Color: Rainwashed by Sherwin-Williams

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Sage Green

green living room walls

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Infuse your space with the calming energy of sage green. Gray undertones balance out the color's warmth, making it a versatile green that pairs well with cool grays as well as warm browns and tans. Jojoba by Behr exudes tranquility and stability and is a great way to bring a harmonious feel to a living room or bedroom. It's also a lovely choice for a front door and looks stunning against white siding and modern matte black hardware.

Paint Color: Jojoba by Behr

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Army Green

bedroom with green wall

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Army green isn't just for camouflage. It's a deep shade of green whose rich, saturated nature makes a bold statement in any space. We love Oakmoss by Glidden; it has an inviting and invigorating warmth that's enhanced when layered with warm tans and luxurious browns. Pair it with bright white trim and molding for crisp contrast. Or, if you want to dip your toes in without painting a full room, consider using it on an accent wall or beaded-board wall paneling.

Paint Color: Oakmoss by Glidden

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Jade Green

green wall with white vase

Courtesy of Benjamin Moore

If you want to make a dramatic statement with paint, jade green is a no-brainer. This gemstone-inspired shade of green is equal parts bold and luxurious, and offers two options when it comes to what colors to pair it with—tone it down with a warm white such as Swiss Coffee, or go all out with an equally saturated color such as navy blue or a deep shade of eggplant.

Paint Color: Jade Green by Benjamin Moore

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Moss Green

green paint color in hallway

Courtesy of Farrow & Ball

Add warmth and serenity with a comforting shade of moss green, such as Bancha. It's a rich color that's named after Japanese tea leaves, hinting at the feeling of security it provides. The nature-inspired shade looks particularly striking in a mid-century modern style interior paired with warm walnut wood and brass accents, but it's also a fun choice for a kitchen island or built-in bookshelves in a living room.

Paint Color: Bancha by Farrow & Ball

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Seafoam Green

bathroom with seafoam green walls

Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams

For a space that feels as relaxing as a day at the beach, add a fresh coat of Sea Salt. This seafoam green is a Sherwin-Williams classic whose cool blue undertones give it a muted appearance you can set off with white trim. Layer it with tone-on-tone grays, from light gray to charcoal to create depth and contrast, or stick with whites and pops of dusty pink to highlight this green shade's softness. Use seafoam in a coastal-inspired bedroom or to brighten up a small kitchen.

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Emerald Green

living room with green fireplace wall

Courtesy of Behr

Sparkling Emerald is a jewel-toned shade of green inspired by the luxurious undertones of the dark gemstone. For a sophisticated, alluring space, use this emerald green with an array of other rich jewel tones, dark wood furniture, and pops of warm brass to emphasize the color's indulgent nature.

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Chartreuse Green

bright green wall with flower vases

Courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Go bold with Chartreuse, a saturated yellow-green shade that delivers a bright burst of energy. Tone down the color's intensity with white and gray accents or play up its electric nature and pair it with a deep teal shade. For a small splash of chartreuse green, use it on your front door—it creates an instant warm welcome and looks gorgeous against a charcoal gray exterior.

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Pistachio Green

green wall in living room with wood beams

Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams

Whether you're looking for a refreshing bathroom paint color or want to incorporate a fun pop of green into your kitchen, pistachio green fits the bill. If the shade reminds you of a '70s color palette, think again—pistachio is a popular shade for modern spaces. The pastel leans towards calm and serene when mixed with other neutrals and light wood tones, but takes on a playful energy when paired with crisp white, other pastels, and shiny metals.

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Lime Green

green laundry room walls

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Bring in vibrant energy with a zingy shade of lime green. The citrus-inspired mid-tone green has warm yellow undertones and blends well with a rusty shade of orange or deep navy. Consider using this bright green as an accent on trim for an unexpected pop of color.

Paint Color: Crisp Green by Behr

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Hunter Green

dark green paint color in kitchen

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Use a deep shade of hunter green such as Pewter Green by Sherwin-Williams to set a moody and sophisticated tone. Reminiscent of an English country estate, it has a historic quality and calming nature. Pair this down-to-earth green with natural wood and metal and use it on walls, cabinets, doors, and trim for classic elegance that will never go out of style.

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Kelly Green

kelly green living room walls

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Kelly green is crisp, clean, and cheerful shade. This medium green sets a playful tone and its vibrancy lends itself well to various room accents, from a kitchen island to an accent wall. Give kelly green a modern edge and layer it with black, white, and gold for a striking space.

Paint Color: Green Galore by Valspar

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Teal Green

bedroom with teal accent wall

Courtesy of Behr

Thai Teal is a jewel-toned blue-green shade that evokes memories of a faraway tropical vacation. The intensely saturated color has a fun, fresh, and energizing effect and looks best against bright white trim and reclaimed wood pieces, whether in a bedroom or bathroom.

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