There’s been a huge resurgence in the trend for green paint colors over the past few years, in particularly sage and moody shades of green which look amazing on both walls and cabinets.

The reason these darker shades of green have become so popular is that they pack a whole lot of color, but because of their warmer undertone, they work in so many different situations.

It can be difficult to find paint colors that work well alongside honey oak cabinets and trim, darker rooms and brighter rooms, dark wood floors and light wood floors – but these darker shades of green work beautifully everywhere!

The softer shades of greens that can lean more into the blue side of things also continue to be popular, particularly as a bathroom or bedroom paint color.

Whether you’re looking to add an accent wall, paint a full room or add some color to your kitchen cabinets, one of these popular shades of green paint is sure to speak to you!

Sherwin Williams Retreat

Sage office walls

Retreat is a slightly grayed-out sage green that adds a modern look to any space.

Benjamin Moore Essex Green

Benjamin Moore dark green bedroom walls
Bedroom Makeover via Angela Rose Home

Essex Green by Benjamin Moore is the perfect shade of dark hunter green for an accent wall. It looks amazing paired with warm woods and leather, and is a color that appeals to both men and women.

Benjamin Moore Salamander

Dark green walls with oak desk in front of them
Salamander Walls via Christina Maria Blog

Salamander is the darkest of the greens that I’m featuring today. It’s a perfect compliment to honey oak furniture, trim and doors and adds drama and moodiness wherever it’s painted.

Benjamin Moore Backwoods

Wainscoting in laundry room painted Benjamin Moore Backwoods, a dark hunter green
Green Board and Batten Laundry Room via Angela Wheeler

While Backwoods is still a dark green paint color, it has a fresher appearance to it. It works well alongside Benjamin Moore White Dove to create a wall board and batten wall treatment, but would also be beautiful as a cabinet color or on a full wall.

Dunn Edwards Black Spruce

Glossy kitchen cabinets painted dark green color Dunn Edwards Black Spruce
Green Kitchen Cabinets via Studio McGee

I don’t usually feature Dunn Edwards paint colors, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to showcase these green kitchen cabinets. This shade of green looks perfect with the warm brass cabinet hardware and clean white countertop and backsplash.

Benjamin Moore Chimichurri

Kitchen island painted green shiny with brass hardware and faucet
Green Kitchen Nook via Remodelista

How amazing does this green paint look with the brass faucet and hardware? Lots of light makes this paint color really pop, but don’t be afraid to use it in a darker space to add a moody vibe, too.

Benjamin Moore Tate Olive

BM Tate Olive vanity via Studio McGee

This olive color is so different and looks stunning against the black countertops and dark wood mirrors. It brings a masculine touch to this bathroom that really works.

Sherwin Williams Olive Grove

Definitely a unique choice for a fireplace, but this almost “army green” color is called Olive Grove and it certainly adds the warm green vibes. I love the contrast with the marble surround, don’t you?

Benjamin Moore Rainy Afternoon

room with green walls and daybed

This is a very dark color with a subtle green that can look almost gray or blue depending on how the light hits it. It definitely has rainy afternoon vibes and adds such a moody vibe wherever it’s used.

Benjamin Moore Essex Green

Essex Green gives off jewel-tone, royalty vibes. It’s really dark and elegant and is completely at home with other dark colors. I can imagine it pairing beautifully with ornate mahogany woodwork, but it works equally well in more contemporary transitional homes.

Sherwin Williams Pewter Green

via Emily Henderson

Pewter Green is an excellent choice for kitchen cabinets. In this photo I love how it’s paired with marble countertops. This green can lean a bit blue (look at the bottom left of the photo) depending on the lighting so definitely one to test before committing. But when it works it’s really pretty!

Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog

via Come on in Designs (IG)

Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

Sea Salt living room via Sand & Sisal

When you think of green paint colors, Sea Salt may not be what immediately springs to mind. It is in fact more of a blue-green, but in many lights it will look decidedly green.

Sea Salt is a beautiful fresh coastal color and has been one of Sherwin Williams’ top sellers for many years. It’s an excellent choice for a soothing bathroom or bedroom color.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully you’ve found your perfect shade of green paint for your next project, whatever it may be.

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  1. Jen – I recently repainted my kitchen with BM Brookside Moss. I love it.


  2. Glidden has a green with a gray undertone that is also a unicorn color. On the paint chip it is boring and unimpressive. What makes it a great color is how it reacts to light. During the day under natural light it is can be moody but no amount of light washes it out, it holds its color, but always stays true, never any shifting to yellow or blue. At night under artificial light it is lighter and pure. With a LRV of 34,it is light enough to be modern and lends itself well to any size space. Lighting affects the color in brightness but it always stays true. Makes a great color to use on an island, lower cabinets, and accent walls, but is versatile enough to use on walls. Pairs well with Repose Gray and other grays and white, looks lovely with creams and rich yellows and contrasts well with rustic oranges and fall colors. Makes a statement when mixed with the basics of black and white as accent colors. The color is Monsoon Green (10GY 36/096) by Glidden, I know, not what you think, but its a really great color. Its hard to find a true green gray that can perform like this one, stays neutral and swifts brightness without losing its hue. Goes with almost everything, the Glidden site says to pair it with violets and purples, never gone that route.

    1. Thanks for sharing! I don’t have any experience with Glidden paint but this sounds like a great color!

  3. We painted our living room (and are halfway done with our music/fireplace room) in Sherwin Williams Honeydew. Its a beautiful light bright sage-ish green and plays beautifully off our orginal 1906 woodfloors and all the knotty pine trim and ceilings and fireplace (though it might be a prominent grain old oak or maple just stained to match the pine). It also matches the Toile curtains I made years ago that we have in the living room (with matching sheers in both rooms).

    1. Jenna Shaughnessy says:

      Thanks for sharing, Jen! I’ll have to look into that one, it sounds lovely!

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