Dark green shades bring a delicate balance of drama and tranquility to any space. This sector of the color wheel has become a mainstay of interior design schemes across a range of styles. Hunter, forest, olive, and similar green hues have reigned supreme in the post-pandemic world as well as we’ve learned how soothing and refreshing biophillic design can be. While choosing a dark green for the aesthetic of any room can feel a bit bold, we’ve rounded up 10 clever color combos to infuse a sense of organic elegance, laid-back coziness, or eclectic juxtaposition for whatever look you’re going for.
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1. Dark Green, Black, White, and Gray
Dark green may be a great choice for those who are fans of neutral color schemes and Scandinavian design but are seeking more visual interest. The living room in this Minneapolis home proves that even a saturated shade of dark green can still act as a neutral. Here, it pairs splendidly with muted, neutral hues.
2. Dark Green, White, and Bamboo
White and lighter shades of brown can help balance a deep green, plus they make an excellent color combination for those seeking to bring the outdoors inside. Here, the owner of this adorable Ontario home painted a DIY buffalo check wall in various shades of green. The result is an enlivened dining room for any season and holiday that doesn’t overpower. It’s the perfect complement to any modern farmhouse aesthetic.
3. Dark Green and Mustard Yellow
Dark greens are often associated with plant-centric bohemian style. Here, we love how the Wovn Home team paired the color with a mustard yellow for a well-collected look. Textured accents like boucle pillows, a velvet sofa, and dark yellow blooms bring sunshine to dark green walls without stealing the spotlight.
4. Dark Green, Gray, and Dark Brown
Sarah Malek Barney of Band/Design loves to pair a rich shade of dark green with softer tones. The result is a well-rounded space inspired by the outside world. Additionally, a mix of sumptuous textures and beautiful woods adds to this sitting room’s organic yet elegant vibe.
“Combining this dark, earthy green paint color with the softer gray tones of the surrounding furnishings gives the room an overall natural look and feel,” says Barney.
5. Dark Green and Magenta
Designer Louise Misell created this lovely space to fit the period features of her client’s home while still feeling appropriate for the modern age. A punchy shade of pink, like magenta, makes a serene yet indulgent pairing with a bit of unexpected pizzazz.
“Using dark green can seem a little scary, but it’s actually very versatile, and always adds a warmth and depth to any room it’s used in,” says Misell. “I chose dark green as it has the effect of embracing us in a cocoon of comfort, almost like the room is giving us a hug. I paired it with quite a punchy pink with touches of blue and peach to add some drama and contrast to the scheme.”
6. Dark Green, Cream, and Chocolate Brown
We love the level of restrained drama in this sitting room by Albion Nord. The space proves that you don’t need multiple patterns or vibrant colors to make a powerful design statement. Plus, leaning towards a chocolate brown hue feels more elevated than pairing dark green with a lighter shade.
“I tend to avoid anything gray and prefer to use architectural creams or earthy greens,” says Camilla Clarke, the firm’s creative director. “Our favorite hues to use in an interior are muted tones which create calm and soft spaces.”
7. Dark Green, Dark Blue, and Yellow
The L.A. home of artist Ben Cuevas features a jewel-toned dark green paired with a saturated dark blue hue and a dusty yellow for a one-of-a-kind space. White walls allow this pairing to shine and keeps the living area from feeling too busy or maximalist.
8. Green, Gold, and Brown
If you’re all about those mid-century vibes, look no further than this Plano, Texas home that is full of green, gold, and brown touches. The owner infuses her love for Parisian and French country style here with antique framed artworks, sculptural pieces, and elegant fabrics that feel equally refined and welcoming.
9. Dark Green, Black, and Pale Pink
Color and pattern abound in this Hampshire, U.K. home. The bedroom is no exception and evokes the home’s 1920 roots. The subtle shade of dark green feels more accessible to color newbies while black adds a chic accent color. Lastly, a pale pink rug and bedding lend a touch of femininity.
10. Dark Green, Tomato Red, and Mustard Yellow
“Green hues pack a full yet understated punch,” says Martin Waller, founder of Andrew Martin. “It can transport you to the cool tiled floors of Marrakesh or to the traditional drawing room of a late 18th-century Georgian mansion, and it’s being used more and more in interiors today.”
The Andrew Martin team brings global flair to a gracious sitting room. Dark green paint anchors the room while color, pattern, and texture abound. This pairing feels both modernized and Old World, allowing you to explore and define your personal design aesthetic.