What is Sage Green? Everything You Need to Know About the Trending Color
Move over, lime, forest, and olive: Sage green is the shade du jour.
Beloved by design enthusiasts and bloggers alike, sage green interiors are having a moment—and for good reason. A cool earth tone with hints of silvery gray, sage green is every bit as sprightly as it is sophisticated. Ready to learn more about this overlooked hue? Read ahead for a breakdown on all things sage green.
So What is Sage Green?
“Sage is a greyed green,” says paint and color expert Annie Sloan. “It’s very classical and earthy, and is often used in modern, minimalist interiors for a sophisticated effect.” Check out some of our favorite sage-hued house tours for inspiration:
Brighten Those Whites
A silvery shade of sage green, like Silver Sage by Benjamin Moore, energizes a muted kitchen with a natural tone. Jeffrey Toraichi Eyser and Joseph F. Kuntz Jr.’s Los Angeles home is the ultimate design inspiration.
Liven up Neutrals
Rich sage green walls, in a paint hue like Breakfast Room Green by Farrow & Ball, allow fair-colored textiles and furnishings to shine. Let Lauren Naimola and Chad Pratt’s Ypsilanti, Michigan home show you how it’s done.
What is Sage Green Good For?
According to Sloan, sage green offers more than aesthetic appeal—it has calming properties, too.
“Sage green is an extremely soothing tone,” she says. “It’s a nostalgic neutral that gives a room the feeling of space and respite.”
Ready to get your zen on? Check out these soothing sage spaces.
Bring on the Bohemian
Pale sage walls, painted in a color like Cool Cucumber, set a simultaneously eclectic and ethereal tone in Scott and Jacqui Scoggin’s guest bedroom in Tacoma, Washington.
An Energetic Upgrade
Let in the Light
Optimize a Small Space
Keep it Classic
What Colors go With Sage Green?
Good news: Sloan says sage green can be used like any other neutral because it complements just about any other color.
“Whether paired with rich earth tones, smoky pinks, or other shades of green, sage is a gorgeous neutral that creates a muted, romantic feel for any room,” she explains.
The five rooms below prove sage green works with just about any color:
Embrace Your Green Thumb
Go for the Gold
An eye-catching gold-finished pendant light, like the one we spotted in John and Liz Tavarez’s Phoenix, Arizona dining room, is subdued by sage green walls. To recreate the look in your space, select a muted shade like Eggshell Mineral Green.
Try Black and White
What’s black, white, and green all over? Anne and Tahoe O’Connor’s Denver, Colorado bungalow. Bold black-and-white bathroom floors and textiles are offset by Behr’s soothing Herbal Mist.