I LOVE dark green paint colors! I can’t even describe it, they just give me all the feels. They’re cozy and regal at the same time.
To be honest, I avoided writing this for a little while, because I knew it was going to be super time consuming to narrow down my favorites to just 9 for a color card.
I was right, and also unsuccessful!
So here are my top 9 dark green paint colors…plus several more.
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Is Dark Green Paint in Style in 2022?
Dark green paint is absolutely still in style for 2022, and if anything, is getting hotter!
Every major paint brand came out with a shade of green as their color of the year for 2022, including Sherwin Williams with Evergreen Fog, which is a fairly dark green.
That should tell you that dark green is super on trend for this year. It’s also comforting to know that the color of the year tends to trend for the next several years, so you don’t need to be worried about longevity.
(Plus it’s paint, which is the easiest and cheapest thing to change!)
What is the LRV of Dark Colors?
The LRV of a color indicates on a scale of 0 – 100 how much light a color reflects (or doesn’t reflect). True black has an LRV of 0 and pure white has an LRV of 100.
In the paint world, we are working in a range of about 3 – 93 because no paint color is purely black or completely white.
Any color with an LRV lower than a 50 will absorb more light, but in my opinion, truly dark colors range from about 3 – 10.
Dark Green Paint Colors by Sherwin Williams
Here is a pretty good selection of dark green paint colors by Sherwin Williams:
We have one true deep green, one warmer olivey green, one cooler blue-green, and one black green – aptly named “Greenblack.”
Sherwin Williams Vogue Green
Vogue Green is about as true green as you can get! It’s warmer than Tarrytown and Cascades, but it’s not really warm enough to be olive.
I think Vogue Green is one of those colors that nobody will find offensive!
Here it is on an accent wall:
Isn’t it calming?
The LRV of Vogue Green is 9, so it is on the lighter end of dark green, and the lightest Sherwin Williams color that I have included.
Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive
First and foremost, olive green is a hard thing to get right! Nobody wants to end up on the wrong side of yellow and be dealing with…baby poop?
(Or at least I don’t think anybody does.)
Ripe Olive is a beautiful true olive color. Not the pale bright green color you may be thinking of, the color of an actual Ripe Olive.
Here it is in a kitchen as an accent with Sherwin Williams Alabaster:
I actually asked to use Bria’s (@ladyslipperinteriors) photo before I even knew what I was going to use it for! I just love this room!
Ripe Olive with Alabaster is such a beautiful color combo. I used to not be a huge fan of Alabaster, but I’m melting somewhat.
The LRV of Ripe Olive is a 6, so it’s right in the middle of my 3 – 10 range for dark paint colors. It’s a good one if you don’t want to be bordering on black.
Sherwin Williams Cascades
I can’t go down the road of saying which dark green paint color is my favorite. I’ve tried to do it before in my Warm Green Paint Colors post, and by the end I think I had claimed that they all were. (Don’t hate the player!)
Cascades however, does give me a feeling. It’s such a rich, deep green, and while it is very dark, but there is nothing depressing about it!
I love that Hannah (@thenewlywedwards) took the leap and painted the ceiling in Cascades as well! It is a super bold choice, but it makes everything else pop.
SW Cascades has an LRV of 4, so it is getting down to the very darkest of colors.
In a well lit room, Cascades is still definitely a color, but in a poorly lit room, like a small powder room, Cascades could look nearly black.
Here in the Bronze Cottage when we are looking towards the window, SW Cascades does look almost black.
This is another deep green paired with Alabaster by the way, and again, it looks beautiful. I like how it’s used as an accent with a good amount of white still.
Cascades is a cool-toned blue-green. I think it usually looks a little more green than blue, but you could just as easily call this color a dark teal.
See much more of this color here: Fall in Love with Cascades by Sherwin Williams (Plus Photos of Real Homes!)
What is the Darkest Green from Sherwin Williams?
If you are looking for the absolute darkest green you can get from Sherwin Williams, Greenblack is the one!
Sherwin Williams Greenblack SW 6994
SW Greenblack has an LRV of 4, so it is actually the same as Cascades, but it looks closer to black due to being more gray.
For comparison, Cascades is Red – 39, Green – 62, and Blue – 62, which makes sense, because it looks very blue-green. Greenblack on the other hand, is Red – 55, Green – 58, and Blue – 58.
For reference, a completely gray-black color would be 58, 58, 58. So Greenblack is like a true black with just a hint of green and blue.
Isn’t Jake and Candi’s (@bridlewoodacres) kitchen gorgeous? The cabinets are painted in Greenblack with Sherwin Williams Pure White.
A lot of people who use Greenblack, do so in place of a true black, because the green makes it look just a little richer, but they don’t see the color.
I do see the hint of green, but many do not. Just be aware that you should try a pretty big sample of this color if you want to figure out how it will look in your room (or outside).
This cabinet is also painted in Greenblack, and still in the @bridlewoodacres home, but it looks totally black here:
Except in some cases with trim, this is the only picture that I’ve seen where Greenblack looks black, and only black.
I know I’m not labelling favorites, but…Greenblack is one of my favorites!
You could use this one in place of a true black like Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black, because it never looks gray, which is the problem with a lot of other “blacks.”
See more about this color here: The Better Black: Sherwin Williams Greenblack
Dark Green Paint Colors by Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore does dark greens so well! Here is a selection that run the full range from olivey-sage to black:
I only had room on my “best dark greens” color card for three of these colors, just to be somewhat fair to the other brands!
Tarrytown Green, Vintage Vogue, and Salamander are all on the “best of” color palette, but Miramichi, Black Forest Green, and Essex Green deserve a mention.
Benjamin Moore Vintage Vogue
Vintage Vogue is a beautiful warm green color that is super versatile. It only looks really olivey or brown next to blue greens. In real life it reads green.
Don’t you wish you were as cool as Allie? Living her best off-grid life in her cozy cabin with chic green cabinets. Thanks for the photo @alliejcurtin!
Vintage Vogue is what I picture when I think of a “sophisticated” color. It works really well with a lot of other colors too.
The LRV of Vintage Vogue is 10*, so it is tied for the lightest color on my dark greens list.
*The LRV of Vintage Vogue has since been adjusted to 11.86. Check out my post about Vintage Vogue.
Benjamin Moore Tarrytown Green
Tarrytown Green is a perfect dark emerald green:
You can see that Tarrytown is a very rich deep green color, but it doesn’t ever look black.
The LRV of Tarrytown Green is 7.65 (Benjamin Moore gets ultra specific with their LRVs!) so it is right in the middle range of dark greens.
Benjamin Moore Salamander
Salamander is one of the darkest greens that Benjamin Moore makes. This color is just gorgeous, and it really makes metallics like brass and gold pop!
While Salamander is quite dark, I would say that it does usually read dark green or teal, and not black:
Liz (@adventuringathome) created this amazing feature wall using Salamander:
Can you believe that she hand-painted that terrazzo??
Here salamander used in a smaller area next to the lighter colors, does look quite close to black. This is about the darkest that I have seen it though.
The LRV of Salamander is 3.66 which makes it one of the darkest colors on this list.
Benjamin Moore Salamander vs Sherwin Williams Cascades
I was going to say that Cascades and Salamander look pretty similar at first glance, but honestly they look pretty similar at second and third glance too.
The LRV of Cascades is 4, which makes it just a touch lighter than Salamander. I’m not even sure how accurate that is, because Sherwin Williams always provides the LRV in a round number, so Cascades could just as easily be a 3.75 rounded up.
The only difference between Cascades and Salamander, is that Salamander is closer to gray, where Cascades is a more saturated blue-green. They are in the exact same family on the color wheel.
The easiest way to choose? If you want a color that is a little more jewel-toned, choose Cascades. For a color that is more neutral, but still not black, choose Salamander.
What is the Darkest Green from Benjamin Moore?
Benjamin Moore Black Forest Green
The darkest green that Benjamin Moore makes (as of writing this) is Black Forest Green.
Besides the name making me hungry for my favorite cake, Black Forest Green is delicious to look at.
The LRV for Black Forest Green is just 2.72. Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams is widely considered to be the “blackest black” on the market, and it has an LRV of 3. So Black Forest Green is pretty darn dark!
Bonus: Benjamin Moore Essex Green
With an LRV of 3.53, Essex Green is another very dark green option from Benjamin Moore.
I would be hard pressed to choose between all of these colors, because I think they are all beautiful!
Essex Green is nearly black, but more true green than Salamander, which is a blue green. Here it is on an accent wall with good lighting:
Lighting definitely matters with Essex Green! You can see that it looks green in that last picture, but here it is looking black:
These pictures are both in the beautiful home of Alishya from @greenpaintandlove, so you know they are the exact same color!
The white is Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. (My personal favorite white!)
Bonus: Benjamin Moore Miramichi
Another color that didn’t make the final cut is Benjamin Moore Miramichi.
I really like Miramichi, but it is quite similar to Salamander and not very popular, so I left it off of my final 9 for best dark green paint colors.
Because it isn’t super popular it was hard to find photos, but here is Miramichi in a powder room:
The LRV for Miramichi is 5.3, so it’s still one of the darker paint colors on the list. It is also a touch more blue than green, but I think it generally looks pretty green.
(If you like Miramichi, definitely check out Aegean Teal!)
Now seems like a good time to refresh your memory on the top 9 dark green paint colors:
Dark Green Paint Colors by Behr (Home Depot)
Behr Vine Leaf
With an LRV of 10, Behr’s Vine Leaf is tied with Benjamin Moore Vintage Vogue for the lightest color on my list.
Vine Leaf could almost not be considered a dark green. It has a brightness that makes it read lighter.
Here is Vine Leaf on a shiplap accent wall:
Here is Vine Leaf in a smaller room, where it does look quite dark:
I would say that Vine Leaf is a mid to deep emerald green. It doesn’t really have any blue to it, so it will never lean towards teal.
Don’t Forget Your Supplies!
This little brush might look funny, but it’s my absolute ride or die!
Rollers like these hold the most paint and make the job faster. Get a metal roller cage for easy on and off.
DryDex is the fastest (and funnest!) way to make chips and dents disappear. (Make sure you get a small spackling tool that actually fits in the container, and a sanding sponge.)
This tool will save your back and limit time on a ladder.
What is the Darkest Green from Behr?
Behr Black Evergreen
Black Evergreen is in my top 9, and I believe it is the darkest green that Behr currently offers.
Unlike other brands that have blacks in all different tones – including green – I couldn’t find a green black in Behr.
Behr also makes it incredibly hard to browse their full range of colors, so I could be wrong too!
Black Evergreen has an LRV of 8, so it is still on the lighter end of dark greens.
First of all, doesn’t Tim’s den look amazing? Super creative with the gold accents.
Second, I find the official Behr swatch to be super deceptive. You can see from Tim’s photo that Black Evergreen is like a deep green-teal. Where Behr shows it looking like a dark gray green.
Black Evergreen does have more a little more green in it than blue, so it sometimes looks more green than in this picture, but never grayish.
Dark Green Paint Colors by Valspar (Lowe’s)
I didn’t add any Valspar dark greens to my top 9, not because they aren’t deserving, but because they were harder to track down. By the time I found these amazing Vaslpar Greens, I didn’t want to part with any of my other “best of” colors.
These are the best two dark greens that I found from Valspar:
Valspar Shady Lane
Shady Lane is actually a Valspar UK color, and I wasn’t able to find the US equivalent, but hopefully you could find out in store. Valspar UK also doesn’t provide their hex codes or RGB, so we will have to rely on the one from Encycolorpedia.
According to Encycolorpedia the LRV of Shady Lane is 9, and the hex code is #4f5547.
Here in the gorgeous kitchen of @thatchcottagereno, the color looks fairly olivey in the warm light, but just wait…
It looks a little less olive here, and I’m fairly certain these photos were taken at the same time. (The white used in this kitchen is Valspar
I was curious to know the difference between Valspar Shady Lane and SW Ripe Olive, and they are pretty similar!
Ripe Olive is a tiny bit more yellow, and a tiny bit darker than Shady Lane.
What is the Darkest Green from Valspar?
The darkest green that I could find from Valspar is Nocturnal Green.
Valspar Nocturnal Green 5011-1
Nocturnal Green is like Sherwin Williams Greenblack or Benjamin Moore Black Forest Green, it is pretty close to black with a hint of green.
The LRV of Nocturnal Green is 3.27. The RGB is 65, 70, 71, so there is a tiny bit more blue than green.
In my opinion, Nocturnal Green is kind of like the baby of Cascades and Salamander. It is blue-green like Cascades, and not quite as gray as Salamander, but it is just a tad darker than both.
The strange thing is that when you examine the color codes, that is not the case at all. Nocturnal Green isn’t especially similar to any of the other colors on this list, but it is closest to a lighter and slightly bluer version of Greenblack.
(But I stand by how it looks for me!)
Are you ready for the many faces of Nocturnal Green?
Sean from @kabinettandkammer has quite a few great photos of Nocturnal Green in his shop.
If I was to guess, I think this first photo is probably the most accurate representation of this color.
Here it is looking completely black:
It looks so gorgeous and velvety, doesn’t it? If you like that inspo photo, you might like my Dark Academia Color Palette.
I really had a hard time believing this could all be the same wall, because Nocturnal Green still has one more face to show us:
The good thing is that it looks amazing in all three photos!
If you’re afraid of black, don’t pick Nocturnal Green.
Nocturnal Green seems super versatile! Sean is always changing up the vignettes in his shop, and you can see that this color looks great with anything he throws at it.
I will say that on exteriors, Nocturnal Green definitely looks way more blue.
Dark Green Complementary and Coordinating Colors
Depending on where your favorite dark green sits on the color wheel, your complementary colors will shift a little. The most blue colors will favor red tones, and the more yellowy-green colors will look good with mauve and other purple tones.
Here are a few palettes of tried and true dark green color schemes:
Dark Green and Gold Color Palette
Green and gold isn’t just reserved for a million sports teams! With the right colors, you can make it look sophisticated in your home.
I guess mustard and gold colors are having a moment away from the sun right now, because it was pretty hard to find anyone using them on the walls.
Of course accessories are another story! I love this golden chair at Liz’s house. It goes great with her wall color: Salamander.
Here are all the colors from left to right:
Sherwin Williams – White Flour
White Flour is a cozy warm white. Check out my full review of White Flour.
Sherwin Williams – Naturel
I haven’t seen a lot of people using Naturel, but it seems like a really soft tan color that would work well with a lot of other colors. I like that it gives a subtle golden vibe.
Valspar – Honey Tangerine
A fun golden mustard color!
Benjamin Moore – Palace Green
I’ve talked about Palace Green before, here.
And of course, two colors from this article:
Benjamin Moore – Salamander
Benjamin Moore – Black Forest Green
At this point, you probably can’t convince me that Black Forest Green isn’t the black to use everywhere.
Here’s another picture of Tim’s (@tim_the_goodman) cozy green and gold room for inspo:
Dark Green and Pink Color Palette
Thank you so much to Angela from @theadventuresofastolat for the inspiration photo!
Even though the wall color in the photo is Green Smoke by Farrow & Ball, I thought I would still make this palette using my very own favorite dark greens.
Here are all the colors from left to right:
Sherwin Williams – Eider White
Benjamin Moore – Monticello Rose
Monticello Rose is such a soft pretty color. I like it because it’s definitely not beige, but it isn’t in-your-face pink either.
Here is a pink exterior using Monticello Rose. The dark green front door is Tarrytown Green. This isn’t your granny’s living room pink!
Farrow & Ball – Sulking Room Pink
Sulking Room Pink is a super hip color that looks great with almost every dark green! It’s bordering on mauve, and it’s a nice middle ground in terms of lightness.
The next three colors are all covered in this article:
Behr – Vine Leaf
Valspar – Nocturnal Green
Sherwin Williams – Greenblack
Dark Green and White Color Palette
Alishya’s cabinets are up there with my all time favorites! She paired her Essex Green cabinets with Chantilly Lace, so I included both of those and a few other colors in my dark green and white palette.
Colors from left to right are:
AKA the best white ever!
Sherwin Williams – Pure White
Here is Pure White with Greenblack back in Jake and Candi’s @bridlewoodacres kitchen:
Sherwin Williams – Eider White
And of course, three colors from this article:
Benjamin Moore – Tarrytown Green
Benjamin Moore – Essex Green
Benjamin Moore – Black Forest Green
I wanted to include this Vintage Vogue bathroom in the dark green and white inspo:
I love how Jenna (@jenna.rachelle) used black and white wallpaper in her bathroom! Notice how there is enough white in the room with the fixtures and finishes that she didn’t even need to paint anything white to get the contrast? I honestly love everything about this bathroom!
Dark Green and Terracotta Color Palette
I’m repurposing a color palette from my “Best Terracotta” post because I still really like it!
I did change the colors a bit, because they weren’t really dark greens before.
Colors from top to bottom are:
Benjamin Moore – Baked Terracotta
(Covered in my terracotta colors post)
Benjamin Moore – Chantilly Lace
Sorry y’all, it’s her again!
Benjamin Moore – Sage Wisdom
Sage Wisdom is a really soft true sage color. It looks nice with a lot of other colors.
Plus, two dark greens we already talked about:
Valspar – Shady Lane
Benjamin Moore – Black Forest Green
For this palette I had chosen slightly cooler sage colors, so I also wanted to make a warm one:
Here are the colors from top to bottom:
Sherwin Williams – White Flour
Benjamin Moore – Manchester Tan
From this article:
Sherwin Williams – Ripe Olive
From my terracotta post:
Sherwin Williams – Cavern Clay
Benjamin Moore – Warm Brownie
Dark Green Paint Colors in Living Room
Here is a little living room inspiration for you from Liz again!
Salamander makes a great dark green accent wall, and there are punches of peach and terracotta all over, so this room is ticking alllll the boxes.
Dark Green Exterior
The darkest green colors that we talked about here: Greenblack, Black Forest, and Nocturnal Green, all look amazing on exteriors!
I will say that Nocturnal Green does seem to look more blue than green when outside, so maybe that one is out.
The next few photos are all from Allie of @thenottinghome. Her and her husband Josh have done some amazing renovations to their home, and they used a LOT of Greenblack! If you want to see more, check out her Instagram.
Here is Greenblack on their barn exterior:
You know I’m obsessed with showing colors in different lights, so here you go! :
I love how Greenblack looks on the wood siding!
Allie also used Greenblack for the trim on their main house:
For trim you can see that a dark green will just look black. The rest of their house is Sherwin Williams White Flour, which was in a couple of my dark green color palettes.
Dark Green Front Door
I already showed you Tarrytown Green on a front door, but the Nottinghome also has a dark green door:
The warm wood with the copper downspouts is also doing a sort of dark green and terracotta thing isn’t it? Love it!
Best Dark Greens – Final Thoughts
That’s all I have for today. If I missed your favorite dark green, comment below and tell me what it is!
I couldn’t possibly cover every dark green that I love in just one post, but here are some more posts about greens that you might like: