When you think of a dark olive green house, you might picture it joined by other earth tones for a rustic design. While that approach is lovely, and something you’ll find a few examples of in this post, the color offers other paths, too. From white trim for a crisp look to greige and off-white companions to warm things up, here are our favorite exterior design ideas using dark olive green as a paint color.
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#1 // Contemporary Design with an Industrial Flare
With striking geometry and sharp lines, this contemporary design resonates. Our designers painted the siding with Benjamin Moore’s Aegean Olive, a deep shade that is so breathtaking we included it on our round-up of the best paint exterior house colors for 2022. To add more layers to this dark olive green house, we mixed in natural building materials like stone and wood. The iron elements and modern lighting amplify the curb appeal with an industrial look.
#2 // Wood Shutters + Earth Tones
This dark olive green house fully embraces earth tones. From the walkway pavers and wood shutters to the copper gutters and wood porch columns, it’s all working together. To stick with the inspired-by-nature palette this client requested, we opted for Sherwin Williams’ Pewter Green — a lovely shade of olive with strong gray undertones — on the cladding.
#3 // Dark Olive Green House with White Trim
White trim provides a clean look when paired with just about any field color. This client wanted an on-trend dark olive green house that felt warm and welcoming. Our designers recommended James Hardie’s Neighborhood Park siding. To provide contrast, we painted the trim with Benjamin Moore’s White Dove.
#4 // Olive Green Siding with Natural Elements
Olive green siding meshes beautifully with natural elements like stone and wood. While Sherwin Williams’ Dried Thyme isn’t quite as deep as some of the other dark olive green house designs on this list, we had to include it, as it’s one of our favorite exterior house colors for 2022. The gray-green color has some powerful khaki undertones that are only enhanced by all of the natural materials our designers incorporated into this design.
#5 // Two-Toned Siding
If you want a dark olive green house without sacrificing warmth, our designers know the right color pairings to achieve just that. We used Aegean Olive on most of this home, with Benjamin Moore’s Winterwood on the siding around and above the entryway. The comfortable neutral lands somewhere between light gray and green, so it creates a warmer overall color scheme.
We always recommend sampling and testing paint colors before committing. Factors such as natural lighting, undertones, and your property’s fixed elements will have a significant impact on how a color will appear on your exterior. Our friends at Samplize offer extra-large 9 x 14.75 inch peel-and-stick paint samples of the colors we love for exteriors. Order your ‘Real Paint, No Mess’ samples from Samplize here.
#6 // Dark + Rustic Aesthetic
Benjamin Moore’s Dakota Woods Green is a deeply saturated, rich olive ideal for a dark and moody palette. This client wanted a rustic design with a daring color scheme, so we suggested Dakota Woods Green on the siding. For the trim, we opted for Sherwin Williams’ Tricorn Black — one of the deepest black paint colors we use. The thick natural wood columns on the deck bring out the rustic, natural feel of this home.
#7 // Ranch Home with a Rustic Vibe
You don’t need a larger-than-life home laden with logs to harness a rustic look. As a stalwart in the realm of earth tones, olive green lends itself to rustic exterior design styles. Above, our designers chose Pewter Green for the siding and included some noteworthy wood accents without over-doing it. The cultured stone skirting adds even more texture.
#8 // Dark Olive Green Siding with Greige Brick
As shown in our earlier example using Dakota Woods Green, when a saturated hue is paired with other dark tones, it has a dramatic effect. Contrastingly, here our designers juxtaposed the deep olive with one of our go-to warm greige shades: Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter. The combination of the two creates a warmer, more inviting aesthetic.
Inspired to give your home an olive overhaul?
Dark olive green isn’t exclusive to any single design style. The shade can deliver whether your home is contemporary or rustic. Pair it with dark accents for a moody vibe or use lighter complements to create an inviting aesthetic. The hue is as dynamic as it is versatile.
Searching for the right paint colors or overhauling your exterior entirely? Either way, our team of expert exterior designers is here to help you visualize your home’s potential. Get started today.
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