7 Designers Share Their Favorite Green Paint Colors
Gorgeous green has long been a decorator go-to for a timeless paint color. And for a good reason. The hue, with all its varying shades—from olive and sage to emerald and teal—is endlessly versatile. It’s capable of elevating rooms with a formal air or receding into the background to lend a quiet elegance in spaces. An earthy moss green room has cozy appeal while one painted in lush clover sets a bold, vibrant tone.
And with BEHR’s recent reveal of their 2020 Color of the Year, Back To Nature, a soothing, meadow-green, the color is sure to receive renewed focus in a big way. It's further proof that green has perennial allure. Still, with so many shades of green available, it can be a challenge figuring out where to start and what's right for your space.
For some inspiration and guidance, we’ve rounded up some of our designers’ favorite green paint colors along with their tips for working the hue into your home. Read on for their paint picks and stylish tips.
Love green but not sure it's the right paint color for your home? Ask our designers your questions and get their advice.
Photo by Pernille Loof for One Kings Lane. The walls in this library, painted in Benjamin Moore Forest Floor, exudes a sense of formality but also serves as a unifying backdrop for the room's antiques, vintage artwork, and patterned textiles.
For a grounding olive
Kyler is all about the mix and to balance her eclectic aesthetic, a strong color foundation is vital. This creamy olive green is her version of a hue you can build on, be it bright pops of color or global prints.
Kyler's style tip: “It’s the perfect neutral base, and it works especially well with eclectic, industrial, bohemian, or mid-century styles. You can try out this color in your bedroom as an accent wall to go with your headboard, or you can go bolder by painting your kitchen cabinets in this shade.”
For a lively clover
Caitlin designs interiors that are equal parts layered and unexpected, mixing old with new and high with low. There's a similar element of surprise with this green, which she sees contrasted with varying neutrals.
Caitlin's style tip: “I love that it makes a statement while the yellow undertones give it some warmth. Use it as an accent color on your wall or ceiling, or paint your front door in this green. I recently paired Clover Green with jewel tones and brass accents, and the combination of colors added a lot of energy to the living room I designed.”
Photo by Nicole LaMotte for One Kings Lane. The double impact of Benjamin Moore's Largo Teal (walls) and Miami Teal (trim) in this office is enough reason for having a go at pairing shades of green across the spectrum.
For a glamorous teal
Heather is a big fan of juxtaposing modern and vintage designs and a mix of textures, resulting in her layered, impactful interiors. This bold teal is her idea of a perfect backdrop for lavish and livable spaces.
Heather's style tip: “Part of the reason I love this teal is that it is so moody and daring. It forces you to keep your design edgy and bold. I would mix this color with vintage brass accents paired with a gorgeous deep plum and animal print.”
For a sophisticated emerald
Sharon designs interiors that are polished and timeless. She wasn’t always a fan of green, but she’s come to embrace the richness and sophistication found in this particular deep emerald.
Sharon's style tip: “I love pairing Hunt Club with brass and copper accessories or a nice velvet sofa and a midcentury-style side table. It's also perfect in the kitchen, bedroom, and even nursery. It just works on so many levels because it looks so velvety on walls.”
For a comforting green
Based in Brooklyn, Kate designs welcoming, personal spaces that reflect her clients’ authentic style. She favors this smoky green-blue to conjure up a sense of comfort and ease that instantly transforms any room.
Kate's style tip: “What’s great about this green is it compliments a lot of different colors and materials. It pairs nicely with deep blues, off-whites, wood tones, and metallics. You can even add mustard or red for a pop of color.”
Photo courtesy of Mikayla Keating; interior by Mikayla Keating for Sonder. An accent wall painted in Sherwin Williams Halcyon Green sets a soothing tone and reflects light beautifully in this compact city bedroom.
For a perfect soft sage
Inspired by nature and architecture, Mikayla takes a clean-lined approach to her tailored and livable spaces. To elevate rooms with a feeling of calm, Mikayla turns to this perfectly muted sage green for its soft allure.
Mikayla's style tip: “My two favorite places to use this green is in the kitchen or the bedroom. The best way to accent this color is to pair it with natural materials and crisp whites for a clean, fresh look. Or pair it with brass or gold accents for a subtle, chic vibe.”
For a versatile shagreen shade
Marie, whose Florida firm Mayi & Company creates warm, evocative interiors, is obsessed with this gray-green hue. She finds the tone endlessly versatile, lending an earthy coziness to any room, no matter the style.
Marie's style tip: “The color can work in both a classic or a modern interior, but most important is that it feels earthy and warm. Pair it with warm-toned wood furniture like walnut, black-and-white accents and even a hint of pink.”