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

These favorite dark green paint colors have become a popular choice for making a bold statement in any room of the home, from the living room to the powder room, showcasing their versatility and appeal in a variety of color schemes.

The reason these darker shades of green have become so sought after is their ability to deliver a rich color packed with depth, yet, thanks to their warm wood tones and gray undertones, they work beautifully in diverse environments. Whether it’s you’re in need of a paint color that goes with honey oak cabinets or paint colors that go with natural wood tones, in darker rooms or spaces blessed with a lot of light, these moody greens provide a sophisticated backdrop for an entire room or as accent colors.

Whether you’re aiming to paint a full room, add an accent wall, or refresh your kitchen cabinets, one of these dark green paint colors is sure to resonate with your aesthetic preferences.

Below, I’m sharing the most popular shades that have captured the hearts of homeowners and designers alike, making them an ideal choice for your own home.

1. Sherwin Williams Clary Sage

Sage green paint colors like Clary Sage from Sherwin Williams have been heralded as the one of the most popular shades of green for their peaceful and inviting vibe.

sherwin williams clary sage kitchen cabinets
Sage Green Kitchen Cabinets via Studio McGee

This perfect green hue is not just a great choice for walls and cabinets but also shines as a front door color, setting the perfect note for welcoming spaces.

2. Sherwin Williams Retreat

Sage office walls

SW Retreat is a slightly grayed-out sage green that adds a modern look to any space, making it a popular choice for lower cabinets or a kitchen island, especially when paired with gold accents and pure whites.

3. Benjamin Moore Essex Green

Essex Green by Benjamin Moore is a deep green shade that offers a moody paint color option for an accent wall, complementing warm woods and leather.

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

Its rich color appeals to both men and women, making it a great way to introduce dark green color into your home.

4. Benjamin Moore Salamander

Salamander, the darkest of the greens featured, is a moody green that complements honey oak furniture, trim, and doors, adding drama and moody vibes to any space.

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

Its almost black undertones make it a perfect color for those looking to create a sophisticated backdrop.

5. Benjamin Moore Backwoods

Backwoods offers a fresher appearance among dark green paint colors, working well alongside Benjamin Moore White Dove for a striking board and batten wall treatment.

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

It’s also a great choice for cabinets or a full wall in any room setting.

6. Dunn Edwards Black Spruce

I don’t usually feature Dunn Edwards paint colors, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to showcase these green kitchen cabinets.

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

Black Spruce makes a bold statement on these kitchen cabinets, proving to be the perfect green hue against warm brass cabinet hardware and clean white countertops and backsplash.

7. 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.

8. Benjamin Moore Tate Olive

Benjmain Moore Tate Olive painted vanity cabinet in a bathroom with grey shelving.
BM Tate Olive vanity via Studio McGee

BM Tate Olive, an olive green that offers a unique and masculine touch, is stunning against black countertops and dark wood mirrors, highlighting the versatility of different shades of green in creating sophisticated and personalized spaces.

9. Sherwin Williams Olive Grove

fireplace wall and surround painted Sherwin Williams Olive Grove.

Olive Grove, an almost “army green” color, adds warm green vibes to any small space, making a great choice for a fireplace and the perfect color selection for a bold statement.

10. Benjamin Moore Rainy Afternoon

room with green walls and daybed

Rainy Afternoon is a very dark color with a subtle green that can appear almost gray or blue depending on the lighting, embodying rainy afternoon vibes and adding a moody vibe to any space, making it one of the best dark green paint colors for a variety of settings.

11. Benjamin Moore Essex Green

A bedroom with walls painted in benjamin moore essex green

Loved for its jewel-tone, royalty vibes, Essex Green is a deep green that feels elegant and is completely at home with ornate mahogany woodwork, showcasing the rich color and sophisticated backdrop it provides.

12. Sherwin Williams Pewter Green

sherwin williams pewter green painted kitchen cabinets
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!

13. Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog

SW Evergreen Fog was the Sherwin Williams 2022 Color of The Year. It’s on the lighter end of the dark green scale, with a gray undertone.

a bedroom with walls painted sherwin williams evergreen fog
via Come on in Designs (IG)

If the darker colors are too dark for you and you’re looking for something softer, this sage green tone is a great choice! It works with a variety of color schemes and wood times, ensuring it will look great no matter where you use it.

Don’t Forget To Always Use Real Paint Samples!

Don’t forget – no matter what you’ve read or photos you’ve seen online, it’s really important to sample paint colors in your home before committing!

Samplize provides peel and stick paint samples made with real paint, that are easy to move around your home, and cheaper than buying a gazillion paint pots! It’s the only way I buy paint samples.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, you’ve found your perfect shade of dark 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!