Our November Color of the Month Is a Luxurious Olive Green

Check out five ways to use the color in your own home.

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Valerie Vogt

Sage, mint, lime, and other greens are about to be, well, green with envy: Olive is making a huge comeback. In the ’70s, the color was all the rage and often paired with mustard or bright orange. Today it’s returning in midcentury-modern pieces. And in a fun new twist, it’s showing up with blues and black.

In the November 2022 issue of Real Simple, we declared olive green our Color of the Month because it's the trendy yet timeless shade we're loving right now. Olive feels like the older, slightly more sophisticated sister to the lighter and brighter greens that have been everywhere over the past year. It fits perfectly among earth-toned palettes and natural textures, like warm wood, jute, and wicker. Or, you can go retro with it, picking olive green accents in mod shapes and pairing them with other bold colors.

Below, shop five ways to incorporate the shade into your home (besides brushing the walls with Valspar's Dusty Olive or Benjamin Moore's Dark Olive)—from small touches, like a table lamp, to bigger upgrades, like a graphic wallpaper.

Splash Coat Rack

Olive coat rack

Bludot.com

With winter and the holiday season also comes the ritual of stacking guests' coats in a messy pile on the couch or bed. This coat rack is a sleek and attractive solution to the clutter. The olive green legs and the midcentury-inspired design turn what can often be an unremarkable object into functional decor.

Price at time of publish: $316

Mason Storage Cabinet

Olive Storage Cabinet

Urbanoutfitters.com

Storage solutions can easily be eyesores, but this one is a visual treat. The glass doors keep the tall cabinet from feeling too stuffy and provide a display for your nice-to-look-at items, while two covered drawers underneath offer storage for overflow items, electronics, and anything else you don't want sitting out. Plus, the arched top can help add more softness and sculptural intrigue to your space.

Price at time of publish: $1,699

PC Portable Lamp

PC portable lamp

Hay

For such a small item, this lamp makes a big impact. The wireless, portable table lamp is a modern take on mushroom-style lamps from the 1970s, which have been making a comeback in interiors recently. And it's as practical as it is adorable—you can carry it outside for some nighttime lighting and adjust the brightness with a touch-controlled dimmer.

Price at time of publish: $84

Warren Green Chair

Warren Green Chair

CB2

With its minimal and compact design, this chair can go almost anywhere. Use it at your home office, place multiple around a dining table, or fill an empty corner in the living room.

Price at time of publish: $341

Folding Ribbon Wallpaper

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Mitchell Black

Now, if you're really ready to dive into the olive green trend, this graphic wallpaper is a genius way to do so. The print is bold enough that you don't have to do much else to make a statement in a room, yet also simple enough that you can still have fun with other colors and prints if you want to.

Price at time of publish: $158

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