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The Symbolism Of Olive Oil Green: Color Swatches For The Soul

Written by Michaela MacBlake Matthews

Welcome back to another edition of Color Swatches For The Soul, where we are taking a closer look at the symbolism of shades, and how to set the mood for your craft projects, fashion, and lifestyle with color psychology! Today we’re looking at Olive Oil Green.

Olive oil green colored symbols, including a woman's silhouette, a book, a vine, a ball of yarn, and a pair of high heels, on a dark grey and rainbow color palette background.

The Green Family

In color psychology, greens represent health, life, and prosperity! They are the most abundant hue in nature, and are often used in all things eco-friendly and nutritious. As a mixture of joyful yellow and thinking blue, green symbolizes taking the well-thought-out path to long term happiness, and finding a pleasant balance in the long term.

How Olive Oil Green Sets The Mood

Olive Oil is a very, very yellow shade of green. Actually, the only reason it even appears green and not yellow, is because yellow is such a passive and easily tinted color! Olive Oil Green is composed mostly of a darkened yellow shade, with a slight touch of the thinking color blue. This makes for a shade of hidden, simple joys, where black creates mystery around the happiness of yellow. Olive Oil is a quietly happy color, both sustainable and subdued in its approach toward enjoyment. 

An olive oil green colored ball of yarn above two crafter's hands, on a rainbow color wheel background.

How To Use Olive Oil Green In Your Craft Projects

Olive Oil is a wonderful color to nudge the most dignified individuals to let out a giggle. It is the secret liveliness of refined and reserved library-esq colors! Olive Oil Green can be used as the base color for medium to large projects, or as the embellishment color to another subdued green. A sage colored cardigan with Olive Oil trim, for example, would highlight this color’s personality.

Olive Oil is a very professional-to-social color, it is the perfect shade to use for classic dinner party gifts with a handmade touch. It isn’t quite the color you’d use for your sister’s birthday, because it can be a bit impersonal in tone, but it makes for a lovely handmade card to go with a bottle of wine when congratulating a business associate.

Olive oil green colored silhouette of a woman's face in a white frame, with an olive oil and rainbow color palette background.

Color Palettes For Olive Oil Green

Olive Oil Green is best used to bring a bit of life into a reserved setting. It pairs well with beige, taupe, warm wine reds, and greyed or deep greens, alike! Deep greens, browns, and desaturated reds sing to the wine-cellar aspect of this unique shade.

However, when using Olive Oil in your color palette, it will only feel lively for as long as it is one of the brighter colors used. If this shade of green is the darkest color, against only white and tan for example, it may begin to feel heavy and dismal. This can be counteracted with a slightly saturated, creamy beige, and a careful eye on placement.

Use Olive Oil Green when you need a professional, mutable look, with a bit of liveliness hidden between the lines!

If you can feel it, there’s a color for it!

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Meet the Author

Close up of the author, Michaela Matthews wearing red lipstick and a poofy red scarf with white flower arrangement in background.

"Mac" is on the Lifestyle Team here at Darn Good Yarn, and loves taking a ‘teach a man to fish’ approach to creative therapy. She is certified in neuro-linguistic programming, and is also the surreal artist and author behind Surrealismac.