How to Decorate With Olive Green

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How to Decorate With Olive Green
Tie your room together with olive green accessories. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

When decorating your home, it is important to consider your colour palette or theme to create a cohesive and polished look. Olive green is an intense colour with high saturation, yet it lacks brightness, making it a grounded and earthy colour at the same time. It offers a variety of options for colour combinations, including other greens, neutrals and brights. To use it in your home as a main colour theme, try to incorporate it into your room designs in multiple ways to establish it as a recurring motif.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Paint an accent wall in olive green for a bold update. Combine your accent wall with neutral walls for best results. Paint the whole wall solid green, paint stripes over one of the neutral walls or create a textured wall with a speciality paint product like glaze or crackling.

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    Dress up a drab sofa with olive green accents. Pair an olive throw pillow with another pillow featuring a bold, bright colour or a large, graphic print. Use the same strategy to add flair to chairs and beds around your home.

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    Pick out textiles and linens with olive green patterns. Pair a white and olive print comforter with olive sheets, choose olive green striped drapes or shop for tablecloths, napkins and kitchen towels with your featured colour. Olive green is a bold, saturated colour so use it only in addition to lighter neutrals to avoid making your room too dark. It can be combined with another accent colour, such as orange, for a brighter or more whimsical effect.

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    Accessorise with olive green decor. Candles, vases, lampshades and other accessories can all be found in olive green solids or prints. Make or buy artwork that features olive green somewhere in the composition to pull that colour out of the rest of the room. Just a few small accents around the room are enough to make this rich colour pop.

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