French Green Paint Colors, Serene Blue-Green & Aqua Now!

We toured a romantic rustic cottage with French country interiors and its gorgeous green colors inspired a few of us to ponder paint colors. My thoughts immediately turned to a lovely green frequently used on many exteriors in France: Vert Olivier (Tollens). This green paint shade was chosen for the shutters of this French farmhouse in Western France. Today’s French Green Paint Colors from F&B, Sherwin-Williams, and more that are quite similar to Vert Olivier for those of us far from France and without access to the exact color.

Light green accents in a rustic French farmhouse kitchen by Desiree Ashworth Design. #frenchkitchen #frenchfarmhouse #openshelves #subwaytile
Green colors you’ll love!

French Green Paint Colors, Serene Blue-Greens & Aquas

If you love a shade of green, you will be inspired by these soft hues which can live as neutrals and vary in their undertones. The best green paint colors? I favor those green-gray hues that feel atmospheric and complex.

Minty green subway tile, open shelves, and white cabinetry in French country kitchen of Desiree Ashworth of Decor de Provence and Beljar Home. #greenkitchen
Decor de Provence – Shades of Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens as well as ideas with pistachio, moss, and teal green.

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START HERE to discover a range of beautiful tones of olive green, Green Smoke, dark greens, emerald, greens with blue undertones, and sophisticated shades. You can order paint sample pots which is the best place to start.

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A Famous Shade of FRENCH GREEN

In France, this is the most popular green for shutters and exterior trim.

French farmhouse green shutters paint color: Vert Olivier. Come be inspired by interior design photos with French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens. #greenpaintcolors #mintgreen #interiordesign #paint
Tollens Vert Olivier…in case you admire French green.

Green Shutters on a Provence Chateau

The sunny yellow toned stone and soft green shutters are the essence of country French.

Rustic and elegant: Provençal home, European farmhouse. Come be inspired by interior design photos with French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens. #greenpaintcolors #mintgreen #interiordesign #paint
Photo of Chateau Mireille: Haven In…certainly a breathtaking holiday home indeed.

Green Trim Inside a French Country Cottage

The color on doors in this rustic cottage below appear to be Vert Olivier as well:

Dining room in a romantic french country cottage. Come be inspired by interior design photos with French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens. #greenpaintcolors #mintgreen #interiordesign #paint
El Mueble – Green Paint Colors from Sherwin-Williams, Behr, and F&B as well as interior inspiration with olive green, pistachio, moss, and French gray.

Soft Greens in a French Inspired Utah Home

A variety of green subway tiles feel coastal and romantic in this French country kitchen.

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the Dreamy Home Tour: French, Belgian & Swedish Style.
If you love a shade of green, you will be inspired by these soft hues which can live as neutrals and vary in their undertones. The best green paint colors? I favor those green-gray hues that feel atmospheric and complex.

Mint, celadon, sage, olive, and French gray are such a pleasing combination.

Magnificent French chateau of Decor de Provence Desiree Ashworth in Utah. Come be inspired by interior design photos with French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens. #greenpaintcolors #mintgreen #interiordesign #paint
Decor de Provence…certainly charming indeed.
Magnificent French chateau of Decor de Provence Desiree Ashworth in Utah. Come be inspired by interior design photos with French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens. #greenpaintcolors #mintgreen #interiordesign #paint
Photo: Decor de Provence…in case you admire French country kitchens.

Soft Historical Green Cabinets in an American Farmhouse

In a friend’s home, green brings an organic, fresh, spring-like interest to the white industrial farmhouse kitchen.

Modern farmhouse kitchen with industrial stainless work table in center and pistachio green painted cabinetry.Come be inspired by interior design photos with French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens. #greenpaintcolors #mintgreen #interiordesign #paint
Hello Lovely Studio – French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens as well as ideas with pistachio, moss, and teal green.
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Quiet Weathered Light Green in France

Charming weathered green door! French farmhouse design inspiration, house tour, French homewares and market baskets from Vivi et Margot. Photos by Charlotte Reiss. Come be inspired on Hello Lovely and learn the paint colors used in these beautiful authentic French country interiors. #frenchfarmhouse #hellolovelystudio #frenchcountry #europeanfarmhouse
Vivi et Margot…certainly a breathtaking vignette in France indeed.

The Magic of Soft Green + White

Green accents in a white French country kitchen with wood ceiling and vintage counter stools - Decor de Provence. Come be inspired by interior design photos with French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens. #greenpaintcolors #mintgreen #interiordesign #paint
Decor de Provence – French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens as well as ideas with pistachio, moss, and teal green.
A collection of white pitchers hold wooden spoons and kitchen essentials in a French country cottage kitchen with glazed green tile. Decor de Provence. Come be inspired by interior design photos with French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens. #greenpaintcolors #mintgreen #interiordesign #paint
Photo: Decor de Provence…certainly a charming collection indeed.
Beautiful green door in Notting Hill - Hello Lovely Studio. #greendoor #frontdoors #NottingHill
Hello Lovely Studio…Photos of green painted exteriors and interiors to inspire your decorating ideas as well as resources for your painting projects.

Blue-Green on a Distressed Bedside Table

Green stained side table with green bottles and rustic wood lamp in a French country cottage by Decor de Provence in Utah. Come be inspired by interior design photos with French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens. #greenpaintcolors #mintgreen #interiordesign #paint
Decor de Provence…certainly rustic and elegant interior design indeed.

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French Green Paint Colors Similar to Vert Olivier From Behr & Sherwin-Williams

French farmhouse green shutters paint color: Vert Olivier. Come be inspired by interior design photos with French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens. #greenpaintcolors #mintgreen #interiordesign #paint
 TOLLENS Vert Olivier – Photos of green painted exteriors and interiors to inspire your decorating ideas as well as resources for your painting projects.
Behr Frosted Jade paint color - Come be inspired by interior design photos with French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens. #greenpaintcolors #mintgreen #interiordesign #paint
Frosted Jade…a beautiful pastel green for interiors and beyond indeed.
Behr Creme de Mint Chalk Paint - Come be inspired by interior design photos with French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens. #greenpaintcolors #mintgreen #interiordesign #paint
Photo: BEHR Creme de Mint CHALK PAINT…in case you need a pretty French green to paint furniture.
Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt (SW 6204) paint color swatch. #sherwinwilliamsseasalt
Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt (SW 217C-1)…this color from Sherwin-Williams with gray undertones feels warm and earthy. Also see Sherwin-Williams Opaline (SW), Sherwin-Williams Quicksilver (SW), and Sherwin-Williams Mantra (SW).
PPG Frosty Pine - Come be inspired by interior design photos with French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens. #greenpaintcolors #mintgreen #interiordesign #paint
PPG Frosty Pine…a lovely pale green-gray paint in case you are seeking a lifegiving color for a living room, bathroom, or small space.Also see October Mist, a Benjamin Moore 2022 calm sage green and color of the year.
Sherwin-Williams Fleur de Sel paint color swatch. #sherwinwilliamsfleurdesel
Sherwin-Williams Fleur de Sel (SW 7666) is a pale green-gray that may not immediately strike you as green.
Behr Mild Mint paint color - Come be inspired by interior design photos with French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens. #greenpaintcolors #mintgreen #interiordesign #paint
BEHR Mild Mint – Photos of green spaces, furniture, and ideas for accent walls, powder rooms, and green cabinets. Also see Sherwin-Williams Rainwashed (SW 6211), SW 6212 Quietude, SW 6213 Halycon Green, and SW 6217 Topsail.

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Medium French Green Paint Color

If you’re seeking a more saturated, less frosty version of Vert Olivier but in the same spirit, consider Farrow & Ball’s Breakfast Room Green.

An inspirational image from Farrow & Ball. Come be inspired by interior design photos with French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens. #greenpaintcolors #mintgreen #interiordesign #paint #breakfastroomgreen
Paint color: FARROW & BALL Breakfast Room Green…certainly charming and classic indeed.
Breakfast Room Green No.81 - 100ml Sample Pot - Come be inspired by interior design photos with French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens. #greenpaintcolors #mintgreen #interiordesign #paint
FARROW & BALL Breakfast Room Green No. 81 – Photos of green and green-gray spaces, furniture, and ideas for accent walls, powder room, and nurseries.
Farrow & Ball Inspiration - breakfast room green and james white. #greenpaint #farrowandball #breakfastroomgreen
Photo: FARROW & BALL Breakfast Room Green – Paint color ideas for a colorful neutral, color schemes that feel sophisticated, and make furnishings pop.

Also see SW 9647 Soft Sage, SW 9648 Frosted Fern, and SW 9630 Moonstone.

Blue-Green Paint Colors to Consider

If you love a green approaching teal or quiet, barely there blue-greens, read on!

Beautiful green door in Notting Hill - Hello Lovely Studio. Come be inspired by interior design photos with French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens. #greenpaintcolors #mintgreen #interiordesign #paint
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly charming for a front door indeed.
Behr Green Meets Blue paint color - Come be inspired by interior design photos with French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens. #greenpaintcolors #mintgreen #interiordesign #paint #greenmeetsblue
BEHR Green Meets Blue – Paint color ideas for your interior color schemes.

Atmospheric Barely There Blue-Green Paint Colors

Behr Mountain Air paint color - Come be inspired by interior design photos with French Green Paint Colors and Serene French Blue-Greens. #greenpaintcolors #mintgreen #interiordesign #paint #mountainair
BEHR Mountain Air – In case you are looking for a color palette with soothing greens and aquatic colors.
Behr Spa Retreat paint color. #behr #lightbluepaintcolor #sparetreat
Photo: BEHR Spa Retreat…certainly a spa-like green indeed.
PPG TIMELESS 8 oz. #HDPPGB56U Pearl Drop Flat Interior/Exterior Paint Sample. #pearldrop #serene #paintcolor #lightblue
PPG Pearl Drop…certainly a barely there paint color indeed.

Tollens Vert Olivier Paint Color Inspiration

I think it is so helpful to see multiple photos of surfaces painted in the same paint color because you’re able to appreciate how natural light affects their presentation. Just look at how light and minty, Vert Olivier looks on these exterior shutters in a sunny spot.

Climbing vines and green shutters on an authentic French farmhouse by Vivi et Margot. #frenchfarmhouse #exteriori #vivietmargot #greenshutters #frenchcountry #rusticdecor #farmhouse #provence #southoffrance
Photo: Vivi et Margot – Paint color ideas for interior walls, trim and furniture as well as exterior accents.
Charming stone exterior of a farmhouse in France - photo by Vivi et Margot.
Vivi et Margot…certainly enchanting indeed.
Charming and rustic French farmhouse exterior with Vert Olivier Green Shutters - photo by Vivi et Margot.
Photo: Vivi et Margot…certainly an inspiring French green paint color to consider indeed.
Charming and rustic French farmhouse exterior with Vert Olivier Green Shutters - photo by Vivi et Margot.
Vivi et Margot – Interior design inspiration in case you are seeking the best mint green paint color!
Photo: Vivi et Margot…certainly breathtaking indeed.
Charming and rustic French farmhouse exterior with Vert Olivier Green Shutters - photo by Vivi et Margot.
Vivi et Margot – Interior design inspiration in case you are seeking the best mint green paint color!
Green shutters on a French farmhouse exterior with climbing vines. French farmhouse design inspiration, house tour, French homewares and market baskets from Vivi et Margot. Photos by Charlotte Reiss. Come be inspired on Hello Lovely and learn the paint colors used in these beautiful authentic French country interiors. #frenchfarmhouse #hellolovelystudio #frenchcountry #designinspiration #interiordesign #housetour #vivietmargot #rusticdecor #frenchhome #authentic #frenchmarket #summerliving #bordeaux #westernfrance #europeanfarmhouse
Photo: Vivi et Margot – Interior design inspiration in case you are seeking the best mint green paint color!

Green Inspiration Beyond Paint Colors!

Quilted Scuff Slippers in sage green, Madewell.
Quilted Scuff Slippers
Beautiful green front door to an elegant townhouse in London. Hello Lovely Studio. Come tour these gorgeous front doors in Notting Hill and Holland Park...certainly lovely indeed. Curb appeal and Paint Color Inspiration. Lovely London Doors & Paint Color Ideas!
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Everyone seems to have a different take on what constitutes a French green…what’s yours?

Find a charming post about blues and greens HERE and another HERE.

In a previous chapter of life, I painted a bunch of rooms Restoration Hardware sage green, in another chapter I painted my kitchen and dining room a minty green inspired by Mary Engelbreit’s St. Louis home…how bout you…have experience with pistachio, moss, sage, or olive?

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12 Comments

  1. Connie
    October 28, 2019 / 8:19 am

    There are some greens that really speak to me, especially ones that have a quiet sort of sagey undertone.

    In my current home’s laundry room, I did a texture on the wall that resembled the old walls we saw while visiting Europe. Then I painted with PPG’s French Gray Linen in a flat sheen. It looks marvelous and quite authentic. Though the color’s name has ‘gray’ it has an enticing sagey undertone that looks great in the sun-filled room.

    Another green I’m getting excited to use in our ‘new to us house’ is the pretty 1950’s perfect condition ceramic green lamps I got from my great aunt years ago. They’ll add just the right little bit of green to the guest room.

    Green—a lovely inspiration from Nature in all her prettiest forms. πŸ™‚

    • Michele
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 4:23 pm

      Of course I’ll be swiftly googling that French Gray Linen – I love those green-grays. How lucky to have a laundry room with lots of light! The lamps sound perfect – what a lovely way to bring in that color without being drenched in it. Thanks so much for your beautiful feedback, Connie.

  2. October 28, 2019 / 8:37 am

    I love this color – so warm and relaxing in any space, and how fun are the appliances? The perfect way to add a pop of color to any kitchen. Happy Monday, sweet friend!

    • Michele
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 4:21 pm

      I love those frosty French greens too! Thanks so much for reading, lovely! πŸ™‚

  3. Margie Mortensen
    November 7, 2020 / 8:23 am

    SW Seasalt is a wonderful soft pale green.

    • Michele
      Author
      November 7, 2020 / 11:34 am

      Thank you so much – I need to get familiar with Seasalt! Happy weekend, friend.

  4. Linda Hirschfeld
    November 7, 2020 / 6:58 pm

    What a beautiful post, I live every image. Love the mini fridge!

    • Michele
      Author
      November 7, 2020 / 8:33 pm

      I’m so glad you loved it – I am crazy about these French greens even though my current home has none of them. πŸ™‚

      • Nora Nikkel
        December 16, 2021 / 11:37 pm

        I am a designer and have used Benjamin Moore’s Dry Sage in several of my store’s rooms. It looks great with spring greens & garlands, as well as the Christmas greens I use in the shop for my displays. Don’t know if it is even available any longer, but I have always loved it. Currently I am using a gray-bluegreen in my own bathroom which has the French tiles throughout. I believe greens are such a basic color, no matter which way you lean toward.

        • Michele
          Author
          December 17, 2021 / 3:16 pm

          Love hearing about how you are using green as a timeless neutral! I’ll check out Dry Sage – I love the greyed greens too. Thanks so much for adding to the beauty here.

  5. January 22, 2022 / 8:30 am

    Thank you so much for this wonderful and informative post! I’m searching for the right green to re-paint my kitchen island that I built when renovating my empty nester home several years ago and painted a dusty aqua blue color. I bought that exact pistachio mixer in your photo back then! And that has been my color scheme inspiration since, but I missed the mark on the island color. A couple of years ago I had the great good fortune to nab a French green dresser that the seller acquired over 20 yrs ago from none other than French antiques shop owner Marston Luce. I will NEVER part with it, it’s that special! Evidently he sourced it in France and it had a coat of white paint on it which he painstakingly removed. There was an article some years ago in Veranda about the French farmhouse he restored and I managed to obtain a copy. You can also find excepts and photos on their website. Of course the French green color plays a role throughout! (There’s a photo of my lovely dresser on my Instagram – cynthiacranespottery)

    • Michele
      Author
      January 22, 2022 / 9:36 pm

      Wow! I can’t wait to see the dresser, and you have described these colors I love so beautifully. What a treasure you found! Thanks so much for taking the time to share all of this enchantment! πŸ™‚

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