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My Favorite Green Paint Colors

My Favorite Green Paint Colors - Room for Tuesday As everyone is gearing up to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, I thought I’d put together a different type of post revolving around “green”. You guys already know green is my favorite color and I love sprinkling bits of it throughout my home! Lucky for us, green paint is continuing to gain popularity and I don’t see it becoming dated anytime soon. If you’ve been on the fence to paint a room, a wall, or a piece of furniture green- now is the perfect time! Click through for my all-time favorite green paint colors…

My Favorite Green Paint Colors - Room for Tuesday As you know, pretty much all of the paint in our house comes from Sherwin-Williams. I have the entire swatch library and fan book system that I often use for interior client presentations, so all of the paint colors within this post are vetted by yours truly. I looked at each and every swatch included in the roundup under natural light, as well as in low light, and they’re all really good greens… my “go-to” greens, if you will.

First up, let’s take a look at the best light green hues. I like to stick to colors that aren’t super bright or saturated- they have a more timeless feeling.

My Favorite Green Paint Colors - Room for Tuesday I’d classify the tallboy dresser in the above image as a “light green”. It adds the perfect amount of color, while still looking balanced and neutral. If you’re non-committal and are having trouble “going green”, the lighter tones are the perfect place to start.

My Favorite Green Paint Colors - Room for Tuesday Moving onto my favorite medium green paint colors, you’ll find a similar approach. None of these colors are screaming, but are rather deep and sophisticated.

My Favorite Green Paint Colors - Room for Tuesday I’d put my fireplace into the medium green category. It’s not crazy dark, but it’s also not light. Medium greens have been in my comfort zone lately. The slightly muted and muddy quality these colors possess is something I’m really attracted to.

My Favorite Green Paint Colors - Room for Tuesday The dark, moody, and rich green hues really sing to my soul. If you’re in need of a bold pop of color, look no further! Check out my favorite dark green paints below…

My Favorite Green Paint Colors - Room for Tuesday The first time I used a deep green paint was in the dining room of our Ohio house. Years ago, I remember being a nervous that it was too weird or crazy. After the entire room was finished, my stress was alleviated by a deep love for the dark color. Everyone who visited commented on the gorgeous color, and I knew it was a great decision. That was later affirmed when HGTV Magazine asked to feature the dining room solely because of the paint color.

These days I don’t need affirmation to know that green is a great (and my favorite) choice in interior settings. It almost reads like a neutral… navy is the same way. Long story short, you can’t go wrong! Even if you’re not 100% sold- paint isn’t permanent. That’s something I enjoy reminding people of.

My Favorite Green Paint Colors - Room for Tuesday Compiling this monochromatic post made me really happy! Did you find the paint colors helpful? Be sure to pin them for later if you don’t have anything to paint at the moment. Are there any other green paint fanatics out there? Any other colors I should add to the list? I suppose the Irish knew what they were doing. Ha!

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    March 14, 2018 at 8:45 am


    I’d love your honest feedback… (and help!). We own a duplex down, so our little girl (and future boy) bedrooms are in the lower level. I had originally painted the nursery “white dove” but i’m not convinced it’s right even if I do fix the lighting. I was seriously considering one of the lighter green colors. I’ve heard that if a room has bad natural the light, that it actually looks better to paint the room a warmer/cozier color. Do you agree with this? What would you think about painting a nursery in one of the colors from the “light green paint color” section? Do you think it might be “too dark”? We have a natural colored crib and blue rug (desaturated blue)

    Regardless, love these green colors you selected and even if we don’t end up using one in the nursery, I definitely want to use it somewhere else!!

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      March 14, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      Hi Mary, Happy to help! I actually disagree that if a room has poor natural light, that painting it a “warm” color is a must. I think each room and circumstance is unique… there are so many factors that make a space feel cozy and inviting: furniture, textiles, decor, color palette, etc- and how all of those things interact with each other. I actually think the lighter green hues would be perfect for a nursery! You might even want to add luxe textures (like drapery, a soft rug, etc) to the space. Maybe even some contrasting art or accents… think burnt sienna / rust tones to compliment the blue and green. I definitely don’t think it would be too dark. Hope this helps! xo

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    March 14, 2018 at 10:48 am

    I’ve been thinking about painting my bathroom an olive color. I feel like this is fate telling me it’s a go. :) Thanks for the round up!

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      March 14, 2018 at 1:14 pm

      100% yes!! I think you should go for it, Jacqui :)

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    Marie rivera
    March 14, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Where would I get bamboo shades like those?

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      March 15, 2018 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Marie Check out this post:

      I think you’ll find it helpful. Those specific roman shades are linked. xo

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      Connie Peck
      July 31, 2018 at 6:15 pm

      Special order from Lowe’s. I have them and they are good quality. I don’t know how to attach a pic or I would. Back to the greens. I’m using seafood color in my bathroom but I really like Magolica.

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        August 3, 2018 at 3:09 pm

        Yes! Special order from Lowes. I’m late on checking comments after a week of work travel. Sorry guys! xo

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    March 16, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Your gorgeous green fireplace is on Studio McGee today!! Yay!

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      March 16, 2018 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks so much for letting me know, Jacqui! I had no idea :) Happy Friday- hope you have an amazing weekend. xo

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    March 20, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Hi there,
    My kitchen is in the center of my house with orangey oak cabinets. There is a window in ythe adjoining dining room whuuch faces north so there is no direct sunlight. My counters are desert gold with crezm grey and gold. Can I use a light to medium green or grey with off white subway tile backsplash or is all this too dark? Thoughts?

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    Abigail Kelly
    March 24, 2018 at 10:37 am

    What green is used in the dining room pic? Thanks!

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      March 25, 2018 at 11:01 am

      It’s Evergreens by Sherwin-Williams! xo

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    March 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Yes! I have been wearing greens as neutrals for probably 15 years. It makes complete sense to me that I should be using some of these beautiful olive colors on my walls… oh where to start ;)

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    Kimberly Watkins
    August 23, 2018 at 8:31 am

    I am currently loving Dried Thyme, but afraid it will be too dark for my master bedroom. It gets good light and has high ceilings. Should I maybe just do an accent wall or go for it? Jade Dragon is 2nd choice, ut I love the tones in Dried Thyme!

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    Ana Lopez
    September 30, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Hi Sarah, I would like to paint the exterior of my house green. It is 2-story with orange/red brick across the 1st floor. Could you suggest shades that could work?

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    October 26, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Hi Sarah, I love green too. I live in a rambler and have a galley kitchen. My dining area is at the end of my kitchen and has wainscoting. My thought is to paint the upper portion of my dining area in artichoke green. The wainscoting if a neutral tan. What do you think?

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      October 26, 2018 at 7:18 pm

      I typically like to paint the heavier (darker) color on the bottom… rather than the top so it feels visually balanced. Have you considered painting the wainscoting? Or reversing? Hope this helps you start brainstorming!

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    February 1, 2019 at 12:40 pm


    what shade of medium green did you use on your fireplace? It is beautiful!

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