Olive green in design: nothing drab about it.

Learn more about this complex yellow-green color, and how to use it with other colors to express certain messages in your design concepts.

Every color tells a story, and as an artist or designer you can use color to complement and amplify your message. Let’s dive into the meaning of the color olive green and how to use it effectively in your next design project.

The meaning of olive green.

Often used to symbolize peace, harmony, and sophistication, olive green is a complex yellowish-green color. As you may have guessed, this color gets its name from green olives. It can also signify perception, empathy, and humankind. The color is closely related to, but not the same as, the “olive drab” traditionally used for military uniforms (#6B8E23). There is also a separate color called dark olive green (#556B2F).

Other similar colors.

If you’re looking for more variations of olive green, try these similar colors: olive (#808000), yellow (#FFFF00), green (#00FF00), yellow green (#9ACD32), and sage green (#B2AC88).

How to combine olive green with other colors.

Olive green is a unique color with the dual ability to tone down and neutralize your designs or really make them stand out and pop with contrast. Try these combinations on your next project:

With its muted hue, olive green may be easy to overlook, but it’s a highly versatile option to have in your color palette. Look to it whenever you want to evoke a sense of sophistication in your design, or when you’re having difficulty balancing or complementing another color. Discover even more ways you can put the color wheel to work in your graphic design concepts.

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