Shades of Green Paint:
Let Nature In!

Shades of green paint are a happy and varied bunch of versatile hues.

Often associated with nature, green paint colors are as diverse as nature itself...

Colors of balance and harmony, shades of green paint are located right in the middle of the spectrum.

Shades of green paint color can be cool, warm or neutral

And while most people consider green a cool color, in reality it can be warm, cool or neutral.

For example, a yellow-green color (olive green) is warm and earthy, a blue-green color (sea green) is cool and watery, and the temperature of a true green (grass green) falls somewhere in between.

Green is the easiest hue for the eye to see. Soft shades of green have a calming effect on the nervous system - it's an anti-stress prescription of sorts.

Muted green is a good choice for bedroom walls

Nature's most dominant color, it symbolizes growth and plenty, helps us feel balanced and grounded and creates a reassuring ambience and a feeling of comfort.

Most shades of the color green work well inside a home, and combine well with other colors.

Just look at Mother Nature - She uses green as a backdrop for creating all kinds of beautiful color combinations!

You too can't go wrong when using this neutral of nature as a basis for a color scheme in your home.

Window trim can be painted green to blend with the outside foliage

TIP: if you have a lot of greenery right outside your window, you can make it a focal point.

How? Simply by painting the walls and window trim a natural green color.

This will eliminate the visual barrier that traditional white trim creates, and help blend your window with the foliage outside.

It's a great way to bring the nature in!

Earthy Shades of Green Paint

Established over time, some green paint colors are timeless.

Sage green is a timeless shade for interior painting

For example, sage green, olive green, moss green and hunter green have really withstood the test of time and are considered safe colors for painting and decorating your home with.

Because they are so abundant in nature, they usually look very undemanding and neutral in home interiors.

To dress them up, just add pops of stronger colors - purple, violet, yellow or complementary red.

To dress them down and create an earthy color scheme, combine them with muted golds, muddy oranges, browns and stained wood finishes (note that green walls will help bring out red undertones in natural and stained woods).

Yellow-green shades can be tricky to use in painting

Yellow-green colors (chartreuse) are not always easy to work with, because they can look sickly and unappealing in certain lights - so it's important to always test them before painting.

Deeper greens are stately and dignified - they are a popular choice for studies and libraries.

But to prevent your dark green walls from making the room too dark and gloomy, it helps to keep the flooring, ceiling and furniture light.

Fresh Shades of Green Paint

Unlike the earthy green paint colors which are somewhat muddy and muted, these greens are clean and pure, with a lot of white added to them.

Fresh green paint color is bright but not too intense

Without demanding too much attention or shouting at you, fresh greens add color and help create an atmosphere of optimism in a room.

These shades look great with other clean hues - peach, rose tones, lavender, blue, yellow and white.

Because green color is gender neutral, pastel greens are often used in nurseries.

Kitchens painted a fresh green appear healthier, while fresh green walls in a home office provide a relaxing backdrop to tired eyes.

Bright Shades of Green Paint

Intense grass green, lime and green apple color - these shades are pretty shocking and daring!

Bold shades of green are best used for painting accent walls

Used sparingly, they can add a high energy punch and a burst of color to any room.

But while most popular in contemporary decors, touches of bright green colors can help you update even a traditional setting.

These shades work great with strong pinks, violets, blues and yellows.

Just remember that a bright green color scheme also requires a lot of clean neutral tones, as well as black and white - to provide relief to the eye and dilute the intensity.

Also keep in mind that in bathrooms, acidic greens are not recommended: they can "drain" the color from your face, cast an unflattering green tinge on your skin and make you look unhealthy in the mirror.

For the best 10 shades of green that always work, check out the Paint Color Cheat Sheets - someone has already done all the testing for you!

Green Room Projects
From Our Visitors:

Curious to see how other people painted their homes in different shades of green?

Take a look at the following photos and stories submitted by our readers.

And if you have your own green room painting project to share, click here and see your name in lights!

Country Dining Room Painting Idea: Hunter Green Wall Color 
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My Freshly Painted Green Home Office 
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Green Walls In an Open Concept Home 
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Butler's Pantry "Green With Envy" Painting Makeover 
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Pale Green Paint Colors Are Perfect for Bedroom Walls 
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My Apple Green Color Bedroom 
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Natural Shade of Green Paint Color on Our Family Room Walls 
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Turquoise Paint Color on My Home Office Walls 
I converted this eight by eight spare bedroom in my home to my office space for bill payments and other projects, for when I needed a calming space to …

Green Paint Colors Are Great For a Nursery 
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