Green accent walls is having a moment, and it’s not hard to see why. Rich but subdued, this hue can make a space feel elevated and relaxed at the same time, while also managing to evoke a hint of nature and classic charm.
Need some proof for Green Accent Wall?
We searched our house tours high and low and rounded up a bunch of beautiful rooms featuring olive green paint to prove that it’s quite the chameleon of a color. The beauty of olive green is that it’s more of a spectrum, from lighter greens, to the darker, brown-tinted hues.
As you can see in these photos, lighting and other surrounding objects have a huge effect on how the same paint color looks from room to room! We’ve included links to paint colors so you can see how it looks on the site, versus on a wall.
From green accent walls to DIY furniture projects, get inspired by these 35 olive green paint ideas that you’ll want to try in your own home—plus, the paint colors to match.
Create a Brilliant Backdrop
Forget white walls! A coat of light olive green, in a shade like Split Pea by Benjamin Moore, still allows colorful artwork to shine without overwhelming the space, as seen in Janel and Jim’s California home.
Balance Out Bold Hues
Love the idea of colored drapes but don’t want them to overpower the rest of a room? Take a cue from Erin and Andrew’s New Orleans abode and paint your walls in a bright shade of light olive green. A color like Nervy by Sherwin-Williams definitely will hold its own when paired with bold window treatments.
Brighten Up a Dark Bathroom
Mossy olive green walls will bring a pop of color and personality to a small, windowless bathroom. For proof, look no further than Stephen and Scott’s New Orleans home, which features Loire Valley by Valspar.
Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets
Searching for a fun way to jazz up an all-white kitchen? Cover your cabinets in a fresh coat of light olive green paint, just like Elizabeth and David did using Palm Green by Pratt & Lambert in their California house. It’ll work every time.
Open Up a Small Space
Warm olive walls, painted in a shade like Benjamin Moore’s Oregano, brighten up a cramped but cozy kid’s room in Annah and Benny’s Los Angeles home. When you choose a light olive paint, it works like white but has so much more personality.
Frame a Focal Point
An earthy olive green backdrop, like Army Fatigues by Dulux, allows a flashy piece of furniture to take center stage in your living room, just as it does in Simone Kelley’s Australian abode.