Green Shades Explored: Embracing Nature’s Palette

Green is one of the most abundant colors on our planet, found in nature and elsewhere. It’s a gorgeous color that thrives in the natural world. You’ll find all sorts of different shades of green in plants, grass, and trees. 

And you’ll need to use the color green in all sorts of artwork and graphic design. So, this complete guide to green color names should come in handy! Whenever you need a specific. 

So, let’s take a closer look at the various shades of green and their names! 

A Guide to Shades of Green with Names

If you’ve ever wondered about all the different green names, this guide is for you. I’ll walk you through the most common shades of light green and dark green names. 

True Green

Shade of green True Green

Hex Code: #089404

I’ll start with true green, also known as pure green. It’s the color you get when you mix equal amounts of blue and yellow together. So, it sits midway between yellow and blue on the color wheel and doesn’t have strong undertones of either color. 

Once you’ve mixed true green paint, you can then make many other shades of green. All you need to do is add a little yellow, blue, white, or black. It all depends on your desired shade of green. 

True green is a medium green that’s quite bright without appearing to be neon. It’s very vibrant, and you may find this color in nature. But it works just as well in all sorts of paintings. This color conveys a sense of security, balance, and peace.

Forest Green

Shade of green Forest Green

Hex Code: #014421

Forest green is a very rich, deep shade of green. As the name suggests, it comes from the color of forest trees. It’s a slightly muted color that isn’t too bright or too dull. So, it’s a close approximation of the organic shade found in nature. Forest green is one of the darker greens. It’s deeper than Hunter green but not as dark as Pthalo green. 

Persian Green 

Shade of green Persian Green 

Hex Code: #00A693

Persian green is a gorgeous shade somewhere between turquoise and teal. It’s a distinctive shade often used in ceramic tiles in Persia and the region. Persian green has heavy blue undertones and is much closer to blue on the color wheel. 

Harlequin Green

shade of green Harlequin Green

Hex Code: #3FFF00

Harlequin green is a vivid, bright shade of green. It’s a light to medium color, and you’ll find it next to Chartreuse green on the color wheel. 

This color is perfect if you want to add vibrancy to your painting. It’s a bold color to use in graphic design, but it will surely capture people’s attention.


shade of green Emerald

Hex Code: #50C878

Emerald is one of the most well-known shades of green. And, of course, it takes its name and color from the precious jewel of the same name. Other words for this shade include Paris green and imperial green. It’s a beautiful color that’s not too light, not too dark – it’s just right! 

Hunter Green 

shade of green Hunter Green 

Hex Code: #355E3B

If you’re after a deep, dark green, hunter green could be perfect for your needs. It’s a rich green with yellow and teal undertones. It’s also one of the deepest green colors found in the natural world. When you use Hunter green, it will bring elegance, stability, and a slight seriousness to any piece of art. 

Neon Green

shade of green Neon Green

Hex Code: #39FF14

In contrast to Hunter green, neon green is one of the brightest shades of green. It shines off the page and is one of the most light-hearted and fun greens you can use. But neon green won’t work in all situations, as it’s such a bright and vivid color. You’ll need to think carefully about the appropriate color.

Olive Green

Shade of green Olive Green

Hex Code: #708238

Olive green is a distinctive color, taking its name from the olive tree and its green fruits. This shade of green is an earthy color with yellow undertones. It’s also on the warmer end of the spectrum and works well with many other shades. You can use this color as a neutral to balance out your compositions. 

Phthalo Green

Shade of geen Phthalo Green

Hex Code: #123524

Phthalo green is one of the darkest greens you’ll find in your painting set. It’s even described as green-black by some artists. The full name of this color is phthalocyanine green, but most people know it by the shorter name. 

Phthalo green comes in handy when you need a deep green. But you can also add a little yellow to alter the shade and make it lighter. It’s a cooler shade with blue undertones. 

Yellow Green

Yellow Green shade of green

Hex Code: #9ACD32

As the name suggests, this shade of green is bright with heavy yellow undertones. So, you’ll find it closer to yellow than blue on the color wheel. In fact, it’s made up of equal amounts of green and yellow and generally is a warmer shade.

Yellow-green is a lovely, vibrant shade of green that oozes freshness. It’s a great color to use for a springtime scene or when you need to make a green gradation. 

Midnight Green

Midnight Green

Hex Code: #004953

Imagine the color of a forest at night, and you’ll get something close to this shade of green. Midnight green is a deep, rich shade, although it’s not as dark as you might expect. Instead, it has a lot of blue mixed in, and some may even class it as a shade of blue. It is very similar to teal and is sometimes referred to as Eagle green. 

Mint Green

Midnight Green

Hex Code: #98FB98

Mint is a herb that is bright, clean, and refreshing. And like the herb, the mint green color is just as fresh and cheerful. This color will brighten up any painting and also is very attractive. So, it works well in branding, graphic design, and even interior design. 

Moss Green

Moss Green

Hex Code: #8A9A5B

Moss green is another green name that takes its inspiration from nature. Moss is a small plant that grows in damp, cooler locations in forests and woodland. It has an earthy green color with a tinge of brown. You’ll find moss green ideal when you need to use a natural, warm color. It also makes a great contrast to bolder, darker colors. 

Tea Green

Tea Green

Hex Code: #D0F0C0

Tea green is one of the lightest shades of green you’ll find. It’s a pastel shade made by adding white to green, so it’s very pale. But it has a delightful color that works well to balance out richer, brighter shades. This color pairs well with darker purples and pinks. Or, you can combine it with other cool, light shades for a very calm and tranquil painting. 

Kelly Green

Kelly Green

Hex Code: #4CBB17

Kelly green is a well-known shade of green, and it’s also very bold and bright. This color is associated with Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day. It even takes its name from the common Irish surname of Kelly. 

As it’s such a dramatic color, I recommend using Kelly green as an accent color in your painting. Too much of this shade, and your artwork could become a little garish. 

Army Green

Army Green

Hex Code: #4B5320

Army green is a dark, muted green that’s ideal for camouflage. And that’s exactly where it gets its name from. This color is used by the army to blend in with their surroundings. 

Army green is a shade that won’t stand out in the great outdoors. So, it allows soldiers to move about without being spotted.

This shade is instantly recognizable as a military color, but you can use it in many ways in your artwork. This color is sometimes referred to as dark olive green. 

different shades of green

Shades of Green Color FAQ

How many shades of green are there?

As you’ve been, there are many different shades of green. They range from the lightest greens to very dark green and every color in between. You can bookmark this page to refer to whenever you need to compare the various types of green!

What is the name of dark green?

There are several different types of dark green. Some of the most common dark greens include Pthalo green, forest green, and hunter green. 

What are the names of shades of light green?

Some of the lighter shades of green include mint green, tea green, and celadon. These colors contrast nicely with the darker greens mentioned above. 

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The Wrap Up

As you can imagine, you can’t get away without using green in your artwork or graphic design. It’s a vibrant, natural color that brings freshness and vigor to your creative work. 

And now, you should be an expert on the different kinds of green! You’ll know your forest green from emerald and olive from fern green. So, you’ll also find it much easier to pick the perfect shades of green for your color palette! 

Let me know if you have any questions about the different types of green below. And don’t forget to follow Proactive Creative on Pinterest. I’ll keep you up to date on all the best content and tips for creative professionals. 


Outmane is the founder of Proactive Creative. He is an artist/designer.

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