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The Best Forest Green Paint Colors

Green paint colors have become very popular as well as dark and moody paint colors. Here are the very best forest green paint colors for your home and the best places to use them.

For a long time light, bright, and airy was the go to for paint colors but in the last year or so the dark and moody has made a resurgence. I am so excited because I just love a good saturated paint color!

Since the pandemic calming colors have also become popular, for obvious reasons. We are spending a lot of time in our homes, many people are working from home so we are looking for a little more calm and relaxation.

With all that in mind it makes total sense for green colors to have become so popular. Dark green paint colors have been used in many spaces and on lots of different types of furniture. Today we will dive into forest green paint colors and where the best places are to use them.

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A bathroom with a dark forest green paint color on the walls.

What Makes Forest Green Different?

Forest Green is different from other dark greens because of it’s undertones. We talk a lot about undertones because they are what give a color its color.

Forest green paint colors lean a little more on the cool side because they have blue undertones. They also have a touch of red.

Think of the dark blue-green colors of a forest and that’s what you get with forest green colors.

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!

The Best Forest Green Paint Colors

Benjamin Moore Deep Jungle

A swatch of Benjamin Moore Deep Jungle.

Deep Jungle is on the lighter side with an LRV of 13.37. It gives the feel of a tropical rainforest but still has the cool tones that make it a forest green paint color.

Benjamin Moore Forest Green

A swatch of Benjamin Moore Forest Green.

Forest Green is perhaps the most aptly named. It is a gorgeous sophisticated color that really grounds a space. It has an LRV of 7.58.

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 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”.

Sherwin Williams Evergreens

A swatch of Sherwin Williams Evergreens.

Evergreens has a deep forest feel that is very relaxing, which makes it perfect for a bedroom or living room. It has an LRV of 8.

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 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 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.

The Best Places to Use Forest Green

As with any dark color, you really should be careful where you use forest green. Make sure there is ample natural light so the room doesn’t feel like a cave.

If you plan to use forest green on all the walls then stick with a room that works for the dark and moody feel such as a bedroom or dining room. Stay away from bathrooms where you want to have the space bright to put makeup on.

I love the look of forest green on the bottom half of a room painted on wainscoting. It also looks amazing as an accent wall. This is a great way to use the color on a darker room without it overpowering it.

Forest green also looks amazing on cabinetry in your kitchen or bathroom. It’s a great way to get a dose of color without darkening the room.

Lastly, this color is perfect for the exterior of a home. It gives the feel of nature. If you live where there are a lot of trees it’s a great way to blend in with nature.

More Green Paint Colors:

Swatches of eight different dark forest green paint colors.

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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