Last Updated on September 5, 2023 by lindseymahoney
I have been knee-deep in dark green paint colors as I contemplate what color to paint our new garden shed. The dark green needs to work on the siding of our shed as well as the shutters around the exterior of our house.
When I want a timeless paint color for my home, I always check out the historic collections at our local paint store. Dark green paint colors add richness to any design and there are so many great options!
Here are a few of my top picks for our home.
7+ Gorgeous Dark Green Paint Colors
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Shade Grown (SW 6188) is my top choice for our shed, so it is really nice to see an example of this color on the exterior of a home. This dark green has a good amount of gray undertones which gives it a classic look without feeling too punchy.
SPOILER ALERT! I chose this color for our garden shed!
The siding is Shade Grown, the trim is Ethereal White, and the door is Evergreen Fog. I am in love with this color combo, especially when it is paired with black accents. I gathered so many inspiration images when planning the shed exterior and it turned out exactly how I imagined it in my head.
Check out how I used paint samples for Shade Grown and Evergreen Fog to create a checkerboard mirror!
Estate is a deep sage green with gray undertones. I’ve got to be honest, I love every single color in the Magnolia Castle Collection. Each color feels so stately like they have been used in homes for hundreds of years!
This moody hue by Farrow & Ball is a dark smokey green that was popular in interiors during the late 19th century. Green paint colors work really well on exteriors because they blend so easily with the colors found in nature.
Lafayette Green is another stately dark green that adds drama to any room. It is part of Benjamin Moore’s Historic Color Collection which is comprised of time-honored colors inspired by American history and its rich architectural tradition.
North Woods is a muted green with a hint of gray, which keeps it from being too bright. It is a great neutral color for an accent wall or the entire space to bring the outside in. If you are looking for a way to bring some joy into your home, adding a few pops of green is an easy way to do that!
Rookwood Shutter Green basically describes the exact color I am looking for! Our home was built in the late 1960s and has a cottage inspired design with a cedar shake roof, German schmear bricks, and shutters flanking the windows.
This blue green shade is a part of Sherwin William’s Exterior and Historic Color Collections, so I know it has potential for our exterior paint project!
Flora is Valspar’s 2023 Color of the Year and it really is stunning. Sue Kim, Valspar’s Color Marketing Manager, describes Flora as a deep, blackened olive, that embodies charm and sophistication.
This moody paint color is beautiful with warm wood accents and patterns drawn from nature.
Windsor Green is another elegant, mossy green designed to mimic the green color that became popular in the 18th century. This shade is part of Benjamin Moore’s Williamsburg Collection – which is a diverse collection of historic colors rooted in the artifacts and homes of Colonial Williamsburg.
Dark green has never looked so chic. Step Stool Green is a showstopper on the decorative wall paneling in this master bathroom.
The muddy green pairs perfectly with the marble tile and brass accents.
Fig Tree, by Behr, is such a rich and classic dark green paint color that looks good everywhere.
Lauren, from Pinch Plate Party transformed her kitchen in just 8 weeks while participating in the One Room Challenge. She painted her cabinets a rich, dark green that really brings the room to life!
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What colors pair well with dark green?
Pink and green are classic color pairings. Layering different shades of green also looks quite sophisticated. Adding pops of mustard yellow against a dark green backdrop is one of my favorite looks!
Because green is derived from nature, dark greens look great when paired with other earth tones.
What does the color green symbolize?
The color green is often used to symbolize health, nature, renewal, generosity, freshness, and the environment.
Is dark green a warm or cool color?
The color green falls into the cool color category along with blue and purple. Cooler colors are thought to be more calm and relaxing than warm colors.
Warm colors evoke more energy and passion. Red, orange and yellow fall in the warm color category.
What does Light Reflective Value (LRV) Mean?
With each paint color, I have included their light reflective value. LRV tells us how much light a color absorbs on a scale from 0 to 100.
The lower the number, the less light the color will reflect and will therefore feel darker. The higher the LRV number, the more reflective the color, making a space feel lighter and brighter.
All of the green colors shared today have an LRV lower than 10, which means they are very dark!
Where can I use dark green in my home?
I could the case for dark green in every area of your home! Because it is a calm and relaxing color, it is a great option for bedrooms and bathrooms.
Green derives from nature, so it looks beautiful on the exterior of homes as well.
For a pop of color in the kitchen, dark green is also a beautiful paint color for kitchen cabinets.