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The 18 Best Dark Green Paint Colors

One of the most on trend paint colors right now is green. And one of the biggest trends is to go dark and moody. So I thought I would bring you the best dark green paint colors for your home!

Dark and moody paint colors have been really popular for a little bit now and I don’t see that popularity going anywhere. In fact I think it’s going to be even more on trend to have more color in your home.

For the longest time it’s been all light, bright, and airy but darker colors are making a come-back, just like the clothes I wore in the 80s! (Let’s hope the old hair styles don’t come back!)

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Places to Use Dark Green Paint Colors

Dark paint colors are popular but you can’t use them everywhere or your home will start to resemble a cave. Best practices would be to use them in a room that has lots of natural light.

Here are some of my favorite places to use dark green paint colors:

  • Kitchen or bathroom cabinets
  • Furniture
  • Accent walls in any room
  • Bedrooms and Dining rooms that get lots of natural light
  • Wainscotting

You really can use dark green in any room but bedrooms and dining rooms tend to be the most popular rooms to paint a dark and moody color. That’s why I mention those rooms specifically.

If you use it on wainscotting make sure the upper part of the walls are a very light color. If you are using wallpaper on the upper part makes sure it’s light in nature as well.

How to know if a paint color is right for you?

The best way to judge if a color is good for you you will want to put a swatch on the wall and look at it over a few days. Look at it in different lights and decide if you really like it.

You can do this by getting a sample from the paint store and using a brush to put it up on the walls, but then you are left with a can that you can’t do anything with. Those samples are used with poor-quality paint and aren’t meant for use on your walls permanently.

I recommend going with Samplize. They are a company that will send you a peel-and-stick swatch of a paint color that you can stick to the wall. When you are done just peel it off and throw it away.

It’s easy and much less messy!

Best Dark Green Paint Colors

Here are the best dark green paint colors from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams

Benjamin Moore Topsoil

A swatch of Benjamin Moore Topsoil

Topsoil is actually considered a black color with forest green undertones. It has an LRV of 7.46 which makes it a pretty dark color. This one would be great for cabinets and accent walls or even doors.

Benjamin Moore Colonial Verdigris

A swatch of Benjamin Moore Colonial Verdigris.

Colonial Verdigris is a color inspired from the door and shutter color that was popular after the revolution. It gives an old world feel and has an LRV of 8.75, making it a really dark color.

Benjamin Moore Essex Green

A swatch of Benjamin Moore Essex Green.

Essex Green is nearly black with an LRV of 5.64. It has a very earthy feel and Benjamin Moore says it was inspired from “historic estates overgrown with ivy”.

Benjamin Moore Dark Pewter

A swatch of Benjamin Moore Dark Pewter.

Dark Pewter is actually a dark gray paint color with forest green undertones. It is a bit lighter than the others with an LRV of 10.79.

Benjamin Moore Boreal Forest

A swatch of Benjamin Moore Boreal Forest.

Boreal Forest is even lighter than Dark Pewter, it’s LRV is 12.17. This color is a dark forest green and looks great in almost any design style.

Benjamin Moore Rainy Afternoon

A swatch of Benjamin Moore Rainy Afternoon.

This one is aptly named. Rainy afternoon is a green paint color with gray undertones which gives it a more muted green look. This one is our lightest so far with an LRV of 15.2.

Benjamin Moore Chimichurri

A swatch of Benjamin Moore Chimichurri.

Chimichurri is most commonly known as a blend of spices. Benjamin Moore has named this color after it because of it’s crisp bite. It has an LRV of 9.7.

Benjamin Moore Ashwood Moss

A swatch of Benjamin Moore Ashwood Moss.

Ashwood Moss is a dark gray-green color. It’s hard to tell if it’s a gray with green undertones or a green with gray undertones. It’s LRV is 10.46.

Benjamin Moore Vintage Vogue

A swatch of Benjamin Moore Vintage Vogue.

Vintage Vogue is a smokey green that acts a lot like a neutral color. You can use it anywhere and it pairs well with almost every other color. It has an LRV of 11.85.

Benjamin Moore Backwoods

A swatch of Benjamin Moore Backwoods.

Backwoods is one of my favorite green paint colors. It is a forest green with a touch of black. But it’s not as dark as some of the others that have more black in them. It’s LRV is 12.68.

Sherwin Williams Jasper

A swatch of Sherwin Williams Jasper.

Jasper is probably the darkest of all the ones here today. It has an LRV of 4 which is very close to being black but it really is a very deep dark green.

Sherwin Williams Olympic Range

A swatch of Sherwin Williams Olympic Range.

Olympic Range is a cool, dark green with undertones of blue and gray. The gray really helps keep this color grounded. It’s LRV is 7.

Sherwin Williams Pewter Green

A swatch of Sherwin Williams Pewter  Green.

Pewter Green is very earthy and looks great with all wood tones as well as different metals. This one would be a great color for cabinetry. It has an LRV of 12.

Sherwin Williams Isle of Pine

A swatch of Sherwin Williams Isle of Pine.

With an LRV of 8, Isle of Pine brings a deep saturated color to your space. It’s a cool green with blue undertones and gives a sense of calm to any space it is in.

Sherwin Williams Shade Grown

A swatch of Sherwin Williams Shade Grown.

Shade Grown is a dark earthy green with an LRV of 8. This color is more on the warm side and will look amazing as an accent wall.

Sherwin Williams Basil

A swatch of Sherwin Williams Basil.

For Sherwin Williams dark green colors this one is the lightest with an LRV of 15. It is very nature inspired with undertones of blue and gray. The gray keeps the color a bit subdued.

Sherwin Williams Rosemary

A swatch of Sherwin Williams Rosemary.

Rosemary has an LRV of 14 and looks amazing with different wood tones. It has cool gray undertones and a very organic feel.

Sherwin Williams Night Owl

A swatch of Sherwin Williams Night Owl.

Night Owl looks dark but it’s LRV is 13. It is a blend of green and charcoal gray and would be absolutely gorgeous anywhere in your home.

What Paint Color Goes Well With Dark Green?

What is very unique about green is it acts very much like a neutral paint color. So what does that mean? It means it works really well with just about any paint color!

The obvious colors to pair it with would be light neutrals such as whites, ivory, light grays, and light beige. I would definitely stay away from pairing it with other dark colors as that might make your space feel too dark.

Other paint colors that look good with dark green and would be really fun to pair them with:

  • blush pink
  • mustard yellow
  • golds
  • rust reds
  • light greens

I hope you have some great inspiration on dark green paint colors. What will you paint dark green?

Here are some other dark paint colors you might like:

A grid of 10 dark green paint colors with text overlay.

As a licensed Real Estate Agent and an avid home decorator, I strive to give my clients the very best I can when it comes to staging, selling, and decorating their homes. I have lots of experience with paint color choices and love to DIY my home so I can have everything just the way I want it. I share my ideas and projects with the world in the hopes that I can help others have their homes just the way they want as well.

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Saturday 21st of October 2023

How about Benjamin Moore Enchanted Forest?


Tuesday 24th of October 2023

Hi Tina. That's a great one too! I should add it to the list!

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