Olive green is a rich, low-intensity colour that makes a great neutral. Like many colours, olive green moves in and out of fashion, but it is always a classic and can be incorporated into a pleasing colour scheme regardless of current trends. Because the brownish-green tone of olive green often appears in nature, it is familiar and agreeable to the human eye. What seems to be an insurmountable challenge may inspire a successful, original design.
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Things you need
- Paint swatches
- Olive green decorative accessories
Decide on a colour scheme by arranging several collections of five to seven paint swatches, including the olive tone of the counter tops and samples representing the colours of all large surfaces, such as floors, ceilings and cabinets that will not change with the new decor Consider a Tuscan-style colour scheme with rich, warm tones of gold, red and burnt orange. A light and fresh colour scheme could include warm whites with citrus accents. A colour scheme with a woodlands theme might combine tones of brown and tan with the olive green tone serving as an accent.
Plan the colours for all surfaces to be painted. A monochromatic colour scheme includes several tints of a single colour. A complementary colour scheme for olive green will include a rich cranberry red tone. An analogous colour scheme may include tones of blue-green and gold. Purchase paint and paint supplies, and apply paint.
Select fabrics in solids or patterns that match your colour scheme. Purchase fabrics to sew window dressings and chair cushions.
Buy olive green kitchen accessories, such as rugs, towels and cooking utensils. Strive to repeat each colour in your colour scheme at least three times for balance in the overall design.
Tips and warnings
- Add interest and richness to painted surfaces by adding texture.
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