Many people prefer to stick to fairly neutral colors such as white, off-white, or gray for their household projects, or non-neutral colors like blue that still go with everything. While a neutral shade is often a necessity, too many neutral tones might mean that your home ends up lacking in creativity. If you’d like a shade that brings both a neutral and colorful element to the table, you should consider Fusion Mineral Paint Lichen for your next project.

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Fusion Mineral Paint Lichen: a neutral olive

Olive is a beautiful shade of green, but it’s often too strong to be a part of some color schemes. Lichen is an easy solution to this problem; its muted tendencies mean that it blends in well pretty much anywhere. So, if you’re itching to use olive green for a project but worried about overwhelming the other colors you’ve got in mind, you definitely need to give Lichen a try!

Ways to use Fusion Mineral Paint Lichen

From vintage to kitchen to the everyday use, this color will make your DIY come to life. Just take a look at these inspirational projects to see what we mean.

Lichen is a good choice for a vintage look

Often, a vintage look is preferable for repurposing an old dresser or chest of drawers, like the one shown above. As you can see, it has an old-fashioned quality that’s quite appealing. Lichen brings out the classic qualities of a piece of furniture or craft, which will make you fall in love with this color if you enjoy a vintage vibe in your house.

It’s an ideal color for your kitchen

Finding the right colors to use in the kitchen can be challenging. Some people prefer brighter colors, while others go with a more neutral color scheme. Lichen is a handy compromise that fits somewhere between colors and neutrals and is a dependable kitchen color, easily used alongside brighter or more subdued colors. Additionally, it creates a cozy, homey atmosphere in the kitchen. The kitchen cabinets pictured above display this quality of Lichen excellently.

Giving your door a new coat of paint? Try Lichen

Your front door is one of the first things your guests will see as they’re entering your home. As such, you probably want it to look nice and give them a clue as how stylish the rest of your home is. So, to reflect your good taste in interior design, give your front door a coat of Fusion Mineral Paint Lichen. As you can see in the example above, a great way to draw out the beautiful olive tone of Lichen is to place lush houseplants around the door.

A few colors you’ll love to use alongside Lichen

Of course, if you’re planning to use this color for future projects, you’ll need a few go-to colors that you can use alongside it. On that note, here are some of our favorite colors that go with Lichen!

Naturally appealing

With the right combination of colors, Lichen has a very earthy feel to it. Try the color palette below to get a natural look.

View of green hills under clouds


Dark green shades may not be a color that you prefer to use very often in your projects and crafts, but one of the places you should definitely try dark green is in combination with Lichen. A darker shade of olive green or a smooth forest green tone (and many other shades of green in between!) are wonderful additions to a color scheme that includes Lichen.


As it does with most colors, white brings a finished, elegant look to a Lichen piece. Don’t overwhelm the subtle olive tone with white. Instead, let white play its neutral role this time. Fusion Mineral Paint Casement is a wonderful choice for this.

Surprisingly bright

As much as Lichen seems very “mellow,” it can do surprisingly well with vibrant colors. Make sure you pick the right tones for this combination.

Tropical palm leaves with turquoise background


A medium to bright shade of yellow will “lighten up” Lichen’s subdued tone without overpowering it and create a fun, but still stylish, mood in your home. It also gives you the option to add some contrast with a snap of color that Lichen doesn’t offer on its own.

Turquoise blue

Turquoise is a strong color that will really make olive green “pop” and display its hidden vibrant hue. Of course, you won’t want turquoise to overwhelm a Lichen piece (or the rest of your interior color scheme, for that matter) so you might consider using it as more of a background color. For example, you could hang a turquoise frame on the wall behind your Lichen dresser.

Peacefully tranquil

With the combination of colors below, Lichen becomes a serene color that lightens up an otherwise dark, tranquil backdrop. Just imagine where you could use this color palette – we like the idea of using it in a study or reading room!

Leaves in rustic colors


Brown is a standard go-to combination for many shades of green. Lichen is no exception – if you find yourself in need of an easy color combination, any shade of brown will work great!

Blue or black

Dark colors are useful in much the same way as white with Lichen pieces. Dark blue or black are good colors to use for trim, knobs, or even separate decor pieces that you can place nearby. It’ll bring an element of intrigue to a Lichen piece that you won’t want to miss out on.

Get creative with Lichen

Obviously, Fusion Mineral Paint Lichen is versatile enough for a large variety of projects and goes with a wide range of colors, which means it’s a perfect choice for interior or exterior design. If you’re in need of a classic neutral to use with Lichen, Fusion Mineral Paint Coal Black will make your Lichen project look even better. So, grab a paintbrush and get creative with Lichen! You’ll love watching what it can do for your interior and exterior projects.

Sarah Brackenridge

Sarah Brackenridge


I have been painting and decorating professionally for several years. Paint and design are my stress relievers and my passion. What’s even better is that I get to share my passion with others. Helping people transform their pieces or update their home is a thrill for me! I would encourage others to follow what they love and step out of their comfort zone to live up to their true potential and talent!

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