How does one craft an elevated home that is also serene and comfortable? Start by ditching the assumption that bold and calm cannot exist harmoniously. We take a look at some breathtaking olive green rooms, each offering a sophisticated and tranquil sensibility. The subdued, arboreal shade has an undeniable appeal that can both tone down or jazz up space.
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In Milan Ceramicist Costanza Paravicini's apartment, velvet, olive green chairs were placed on either side of a table, which is covered in semiprecious stone spheres in a variety of green shades.
In the salon of fashion designer Johanna Ortiz's South American vacation house, Colombian artist Eloin Rivera painted a breathtaking mural, featuring rich greenery that is native to the area. The faux-bamboo chairs are from the 1960s, the rattan trunk is vintage, and the side table and ceramic vase are from Morocco.
In a Central Park apartment guest room, a variety of vibrant and arboreal greens fill the space. A muted, olive green wallpaper and headboard create a sense of tranquility, with bolder pops of greens in the pillows and bench.
In ceramicist Costanza Paravicini's Milan apartment, a rustic workshop features stone floors and painted-brick walls; the gently lit space is enlivened with a lacquered olive green desk.
A TriBeCa loft features a nature-inspired palette, with a muted brown ceiling which places emphasis on the unique, leathered olive accent wall.
In a 19th-century Sicilian apartment, olive-jade tiles cover the walls and floor. The vibrant shade is complemented with a gold-leaf ceiling and an elegant chandelier.
The master bedroom of a a Left Bank pied-à-terre incorporates hand-painted wall coverings for an added touch of elegance.
Mossy olive tones exude a deep, earthy richness that is equal parts elegant and serene.
Tea-tinted olive green walls and furntiure are paired with wood panelling to add a retreat-like feel in this modern bedroom.
In an iconic Beverly Hills home, a guest room boasts a contemporary design with ornate antique accents. A vibrant David Kaihoi for Schumacher wallcovering embraces a Cerignola olive green, which perfectly contrasts with the blue lacquered bed frame.
The living room of Andy Cohen's New York City duplex draws the eye in with a gorgeous green jute rug from . The sofa, in a stripe by Paul Smith, and love seat, in a denim, are from . The cocktail table and Italian bench, both 1960s, are from .
Inspired by the vibrant personality of Berlin, a New York businessman enlisted his frequent collaborator to fashion a pied-à-terre in the heart of the city. In the master bedroom, lined in green wallpaper, the antique rug is Persian and the leather bed is by . The sconce is by and a Saarinen chair is upholstered in a stripe.
The architect who worked on Andy Cohen's Manhattan duplex, , designed a custom staircase in glass, walnut, and steel to link the two floors. The doors are painted in a custom green lacquer and the vintage French club chairs are from .
In a Montana guest house, the kitchen stylishly features olive green backsplash tiles by Pewabic Pottery. They are complemented by the custom island, made from cherry wood with an oak butcher-block countertop. The stools are by Christian Liaigre, the backsplash tiles are by Pewabic Pottery, and the pendant lights are by Niche.
This living area is inside a restored barn that now serves as guest quarters at actress Amanda Seyfried’s weekend retreat in the Catskills. The decor plays off the natural surroundings, adding plenty of texture and the layering of greens. The sofa is by , the wool rug is by , the flooring is reclaimed oak, and the wall is painted in .
If you don't want to go all out, try a set of olive green accent chairs like in the living room of PR maven Christina Juarez. The chairs are from the 1970s and are in a velvet. The cocktail table and floor lamp are by , the side tables are by , and the pillows and rug are by . The portraits are by Kimberly Brooks.
In a New York loft bedroom, designer designed the bed, which is upholstered in an olive green and dressed with .
In a Brussels guest room, a headboard is upholstered in a , the bed is dressed in and an antique Uzbek throw, and the lamp is by . The drawings above the bed are by homeowner Anne-Marie Midy, and the 1930s photograph is of her grandmother.
In a Manhattan dining room owned by Katie Ridder, the wallpaper features pink-and-cream motifs on a background of warm olive green. The banquette is upholstered in leather with trapunto embroidery by . The table and chairs are antique, the photographs are by Vik Muniz and the rug is by .
In the study of Hilary Swank's Manhattan home, a sofa is topped with vintage Moroccan pillows, the stools are by Tucker Robbins, left, and Oly, and the light fixtures are from ; the custom-made paneling and shelves are painted in .
In the master bedroom of Paris fashion star 's Right Bank apartment, hints of olive green bring a soothing, earthy touch to an otherwise monochromatic white room. The 1950s rug, weaved with olive green designs, is Swedish. The custom-made nightstands are by Benoit Langlade and 1970s lamps flank the bed. The coverlet is by Le Rideau de Paris and the armchair is Danish.
On the top floor of a 16th-century convent in Rome that was transformed into a homey abode, designer assigned a soothing olive green color to the walls. The bedroom features curtains of a vintage ticking stripe, a vintage iron bed and a Louis XVI painted settee.
In Philip Gorrivan's 1840s Connecticut home, an olive green chaise by Jean Pascaud provides a cozy lounging space in the bedroom. The acrylic sculpture is by and the linens are . The walls are painted in and the shades are of an Albert Hadley fabric.
Olive green can even make a starring appearance in a young girl's room, as in this traditional stone house in Bel Air. Designer chose an olive green shade for the room's headboard and green-accented linen curtains by . The walls are painted in , and the ceiling is in the company's .
In a New York collector's bedroom, olive green accents in the bedspread anchor the room's many elements in a singular, earthy aesthetic. The bedspread was bought in a thrift shop and the English tufted-leather chest was found on . The rug is from and the French lantern is from .
In this East Hampton home designed by , the olive green walls echo the muted hues of the family room's furnishings. The sofa and club chairs are by ; the ottoman, by , is covered in a , the early-19th-century Louis XVI-style armchairs are upholstered in a Shyam Ahuja cotton and the artwork over the mantel is by .
A pure olive green adds depth to a small sitting room in a Nashville home. The sunroom's sofa and armchairs are upholstered in a canvas duck, and the Regency library chair is covered in the same cotton stripe as the Roman shades.
In furniture restorer Karl Kipfmueller's Brooklyn townhouse, the olive green living room features a parchment cabinet by and a vintage purple armchair.