Olive might not be the first color you think of when you are on the hunt for a dark green paint, but Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive is the dark and elegant shade you’ve been seeking!
Here we will see Ripe Olive in real homes, peek at a color palette, and see dupes from other brands.
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What Color is Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive (SW 6209)
Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive is a deep muted green with just a whiff of olive. It’s almost like a warmer foresty green. It certainly is not the typical olive green that comes to mind.
LRV and RBG of Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive
The LRV of Ripe Olive is 6.
What does this tell us?
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.
At 6, Ripe Olive is almost as dark as many black paint colors. The saturation is what stops it from looking black, but it can get close.
The RGB of Ripe Olive is Red 68, Green 72, Blue 61.
Sherwin Williams provides the hex code for Ripe Olive as: #44483D
What Are the Undertones of Ripe Olive
I would actually say that Ripe Olive is a very dark gray green with olive as the undertone. I don’t find that the color is particularly olivey up front.
Is Ripe Olive Warm or Cool
I would classify Ripe Olive as a neutral to warm paint color. Some people consider greens to be cool, but you can see from the hex chart that Ripe Olive is quite a yellowy green.
The Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive Color Strip
Let’s take a look at the full collection of colors on the Ripe Olive color strip:
All the shades on this strip are:
- Spare White
- Sea Salt (Read the post)
- Comfort Gray
- Oyster Bay (Read the post)
- Acacia Haze (Read the post)
- Retreat (Read the post)
- Pewter Green
- Ripe Olive
All of the shades in this color strip are pretty popular. They are also quite neutral and easy to use. I find that Ripe Olive is a little bit of an outlier in this collection, in terms of it’s versatility. Coordinating colors take just a bit more thought with this one. (But we will get into that!)
Lighter Version of Ripe Olive
One shade lighter than Ripe Olive on the same color strip is the ever popular Pewter Green. I do find that Pewter Green reads a little more gray green than Ripe Olive does.
For more on this color you might like these posts:
- Don’t Choose Sherwin Williams Pewter Green Before Reading!
- The Many Faces of Pewter Green on Kitchen Cabinets
Darker Version of Ripe Olive
Ripe Olive is so super dark that there isn’t exactly a way to have a darker version without it being totally black. A less saturated color will read darker, and for that you might like Sherwin Williams Greenblack. Another alternative could be Sherwin Williams Jasper.
Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive Color Palette
Ripe Olive works best with warm or neutral paint colors. It is a little difficult to pair with blues and other greens, but most yellows and terracottas will work.
Today we just went very neutral, to let Ripe Olive be the star:
Coordinating Colors to Pair with Ripe Olive
Did I cheat a bit and use colors from one of our example homes coming up? Yes. Yes, I did.
Let’s take a closer look at these colors:
Benjamin Moore White Dove
White Dove is a creamy neutral white by Benjamin Moore. It works with almost anything to be honest, but it does look soft and luxurious with Ripe Olive.
Read all about this color here: White Dove by Benjamin Moore Complete Review (and Dupes!)
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze
Urbane Bronze is a deep gray brown that looks earthy and natural next to Ripe Olive.
This would be a powerful exterior combo!
Get to know this color here: Urbane Bronze Review and Dupes (It Goes With Literally Everything!)
Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter
Revere Pewter is Benjamin Moore’s OG neutral greige. It nearly went out of style and then it was back again! (A good sign if you are looking for a timeless neutral.)
This is another natural shade that complements Ripe Olive so well!
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White
Ethereal White is from the Evergreen Fog color strip, which is like a sister collection to the Ripe Olive strip.
It’s a creamy green-gray off-white, if that makes sense. The undertones work very well with Ripe Olive.
Ethereal White would be a great whole home color if you are torn between white or another neutral.
See more of this beauty: Ethereal White: A Heavenly Shade by Sherwin Williams (Plus Dupes!)
Complementary Color for SW Ripe Olive
I’ve covered an awful lot of similar green paint colors around here, and a purple is always directly across the color wheel. (Which is how we find the “official” complementary color.)
I’ve gotten a bit weary of recommending more palatable purples, so today why not a gray with subtle purple undertones?
Behr White Metal is a nice light silvery gray, with the occasional whiff of a purple undertone. I happen to think that this works quite well with Ripe Olive.
What Trim Colors Go With Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive?
As finicky as Ripe Olive can be with some colors, it works great with any and all manner of white paints. Good news when you are picking trim!
Here are a few popular whites paired with Ripe Olive:
Technically out of all of these, Sherwin Williams Snowbound would be the most complementary to Ripe Olive, and it happens to be one of my trim favorites! It’s a nice soft-but-true white.
Sherwin Williams Alabaster is a warmer and creamier option that will provide a more subtle contrast with Ripe Olive.
Sherwin Williams Extra White is a crisper, cooler, green based white. SW Pure White reads very much like a true white, but it’s actually a little bit soft and gray.
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.
Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive for Your Home’s Interior
Time for the fun stuff! Let’s take a look at Ripe Olive in real life.
Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive in the Living Room
We were lucky ducks today, and a reader sent us photos of her beautiful living room featuring SW Ripe Olive:
Allison’s other walls are Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, and her trim is Benjamin Moore White Dove. (Remember the color palette? Thanks for the inspo Allison!)
I am really loving that combination!
Here is a closer look at the Ripe Olive:
In this lighting, and recessed the way it is, Ripe Olive is a barely-there green.
Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive in a Bathroom
Allison also used Ripe Olive in her full bath:
This space turned out so Art Deco. Who knew a bit of metal, arches, and Ripe Olive could do all that!
Ripe Olive in a Dining Room
Bria from Lady Slipper Interiors (@ladyslipperinteriors) used Ripe Olive in this dining room, and SW Alabaster on the board and batten below:
At times you can see the green more, and in other shots it looks almost black:
I think this combination is really cozy and sophisticated at the same time.
Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive in a Bedroom
In this bedroom by @built_frm_scratch, we see another one of our white choices, SW Snowbound with Ripe Olive:
The camel colored furniture is a nice brighter neutral with this simple color palette.
Here Ripe Olive looks quite gray, and probably the closest it ever looks to the lighter shade Pewter Green:
Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive on Kitchen Cabinets
Trying to picture Ripe Olive on kitchen cabinets can be hard, so luckily we don’t need to rely on that!
Savas Construction (@savasconstruction) built this stunning kitchen in Ripe Olive:
I’ll be honest, I don’t know if I would have really thought Ripe Olive would work on cabinets, but I’ve been in love with this kitchen since I first saw it.
You may have already seen it in my Green Kitchen Cabinets post, but we’re taking another look, because *swoon*.
I love how Ripe Olive looks nearly black with all of the lightness and brightness going on, but just a little more special.
This next photo is one of the only places you will see Ripe Olive throwing a touch of a cooler undertone:
You can see it almost looks a little bit teal. If I had to guess, I would say it’s mostly from the sheen.
Here the glimpse we have also looks a bit on the cooler side:
…And back to warm olivey undertones:
Love love love! Take note of how good it looks with that tone of wood on the floors as well.
Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive on an Exterior
Alicia (@lovinlish) used Ripe Olive for her exterior, and managed to capture just about every face we could hope for!
This first face of Ripe Olive is about as moody and olivey as it gets:
These next two shots show off the brighter, greener side of Ripe Olive:
This is definitely the brightest that I have seen the color looking.
Here is another mysterious looking shot of Alicia’s exterior:
And finally, how does Ripe Olive look in the snow?
Here you go! :
Ripe Olive Compared to Similiar Dark Green Paint Colors
There aren’t that many popular Sherwin Williams colors that have the same vibe as Ripe Olive, but let’s compare two you might be curious about.
Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive vs Jasper
Jasper is darker and a bit more gray than Ripe Olive. It’s also a whole lot cooler.
That all being said: If you like Ripe Olive you will probably also like Jasper.
Check it out here: Jasper by Sherwin Williams: Palettes, Dupes, and Real Homes
Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive vs Shade Grown
Shade Grown is the darkest shade on the sister color strip from Evergreen Fog:
SW Shade Grown is just a bit warmer, lighter, and more gray than Ripe Olive.
Dupes for Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive
Now that we’ve decided we looove Ripe Olive, how can we get the look in another brand?
Well I’ll tell you!
Here are dupes for Ripe Olive from Benjamin Moore, Behr, and Valspar:
Benjamin Moore Ripe Olive Equivalent
Benjamin Moore has the best color match of all these dupes with their shade Topsoil.
Benjamin Moore Topsoil (CC-692)
Topsoil is just a little bit cooler and a little more gray than Ripe Olive.
The difference is very subtle.
Valspar (Lowe’s) Equivalent to Ripe Olive
From Valspar, the closest match to Ripe Olive is the color Flora. (Not to be confused with the Benjamin Moore color of the same name.)
Valspar Flora (5004-2C)
Flora is a little warmer, lighter, and less gray (more saturated) than Ripe Olive.
Ripe Olive Behr Equivalent (Home Depot)
From Behr, the best match we have for Ripe Olive is the shade North Woods.
Behr North Woods (N410-7)
North Woods is cooler, lighter, and a bit more gray than Ripe Olive.
Honestly this isn’t as close of a match as I would have liked, but it was the best that I could find. It’s almost like a shade between Ripe Olive and Pewter Green, but from Behr!
Here’s a recap of all the dupes:
Ripe Olive Pros & Cons
Let’s recap with a few pros and cons for Ripe Olive:
- Works well with almost any neutral or white paint color
- Dark while still maintaining a nice green color
- Cozy warm undertones, but not too olivey
- Looks amazing for cabinets and exteriors
- Tricky to pair with cool colors
- Not quite as neutral as the rest of the color strip
- Too dark to paint all the walls (except in very specific scenarios)
Not the one? I’ve got sooo much more!