Sage green—how to use this timeless color in a modern and fresh way in your home (2023)

Invite the outdoors in with calming sage green. It's easy to work into existing schemes thanks to its near-neutral shade, or use as the basis for a whole new look. As our interiors experts explain, this cool color is a soothing choice if you're looking to redecorate, or just freshen up your space with accents and accessories.

Greens are dominating interior paint color trends and none more so than the soft, easy-to-live-with shade of sage green. As we look to improve wellbeing through Biophilic design, sage green is predicted by experts to be one of the most popular interior design trends over the next few years.

If you're just looking to dip a toe into the trend, sage green pairs perfectly with plants and foliage. Natural rattan accessories and scented candles with fresh, earthy scents will also suitably complement this earthy shade of green.

Why is sage green so popular?

The term 'sage green aesthetic' brings in over 40,000 searches on average a month across the US and the UK and interior and color experts reckon the shade's natural hue is an enduring part of its popularity.

Lifestyle expert at Contura, Catharina Bjorkman (opens in new tab), shares her theory: "Sage green conjures up feelings of being in nature. When used in the home, it provides a sense of bringing the outdoors in. As being immersed in nature is good for our mental health and wellbeing, when added to a room, sage green provides a soothing palette."

"Muted and subdued, soft greens add more interest to a scheme than a traditional neutral" explains Helen Shaw, at Benjamin Moore (opens in new tab). "Sage green can take you from season to season." It is in fact so popular with Helen and her design team that the gentle shade of silver-green 'October Mist (opens in new tab)' was announced as 'Color of the Year 2022'. The Benjamin Moore Colour & Design team was inspired by "color in nature and explored how green is a foundational color; a grounding canvas from which endless combinations can be achieved."

The popularity of sage green lies largely in the versatility of all the ways you can add it to your home. "Sage green is the perfect addition to any design style, especially natural, boho, minimalistic, and Scandinavian designs" explains Corban De La Vega, at Decor Matters (opens in new tab). "Such a calm and earthy color, it creates a serene and neutral aesthetic. The color can be used on the walls, in the bedroom as blankets, in the kitchen as greenery or in the bathroom as tiles, the list goes on. Sage green is unbelievably versatile."

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Sage green room decor ideas

1. Consider sage green kitchen cabinets

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Choose sage green if you want a chic-but-neutral kitchen that offers color without overwhelming your space. When considering the paint color in your kitchen, sage green as a color welcomes a refreshing feel for a space that feels inviting. The soft shade is an especially great choice for painted Shaker-style units. "Choosing a color like green for your kitchen cabinets might sound like a bold statement, but paired with open or floating shelves – which are also strong kitchen trends for this year – it helps keep your kitchen light and bright," Matt Rotherham of Gemini Worktops (opens in new tab) told us.

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“If you don’t want to add this splash of color throughout the whole kitchen design, explore using one color for your lower cupboards and a different one for wall cabinets," suggests Andy Briggs, Interior Designer at Optiplan Kitchens. 'This is a great way to utilize both neutral and brighter colors within one space."

Food for thought: green is a much more forgiving shade, making it much easier to clean your kitchen too, as opposed to bright white that highlights any little food mark or spill!

2. Embrace botanical accessories

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Look for accessories that have ferns, palms, roses, or butterflies and insects on them – these decor elements work well with sage green as they elevate its natural, outdoorsy feel. Think of it as a subtle way to welcome the best garden plants into your indoor decorating scheme. From fabric for blinds and curtains - to introduce nature through window treatments - to scatter cushions, elements of nature-inspired patterned soft furnishings instantly lift a scheme.

“Sage green accessories are an excellent choice, harnessing the calming energy inherent ofgreenbut anchored with an earthiness and depth not always present in more vivid greens. It’s botanical, helping to bring the outside in," color and paint expert Annie Sloan (opens in new tab) told us.

"If you only want a touch of sage green in your home, pick out green glassware accessories and group them together for impact, then add a few stems of foliage."

3. Add warming accents

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To add a warm quality to the silvery tones of sage green to avoid it feeling too cold, choose natural materials such as gold, burnished brass and copper to counterbalance the temperature of the overall color scheme. "Choose warm metallic accent accessories like mirrors and light switches in brass and copper," Sloan advises.

In a living room or bedroom, this design principle can also be applied to your choice of furniture, as this example above shows with brass-framed tables. The use of metallic finishes offers a glam edge to any color scheme.

4. Combine elements of nature

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Earthy tones work well together, contrasting and complimenting in equal measure, as interior designer JenniferKay of the Mini Interior Design Company (opens in new tab) explains, "For color scheme inspiration, simply think of nature and all of the wonderful colors we find amongst greenery in gardens." Pairing sage green with neutral shades and natural furnishings crafted from wood, slate, clay and stone will enhance the natural look.

To add further notes of sage green embrace the biophilic designtrend – one of the top bedroom trends for 2022, which focuses on green foliage rather than floral prints, with lots of breathing space.

5. Pair with soft textures

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Use this calming shade to create a restful retreat for any room, using simple design aspects. "Sage green has elements of nature and calmness and encourages connecting with your environment. It adds a softness to any room" explains Corban. "People are focused on creating an environment that is zen-like, spa-like, or feels like a vacation within a home." To achieve this Japandi-style aesthetic, layer the look by introducing tactile accessories to add depth and comfort. Tactile materials play a key role in helping to create a sense of relaxation.

Enhance soft sage green walls and furnishing by using tactile textures in the room, like sheepskin and knits, for soft furnishings such as cushions, throws, and rugs.

6. Ground sage green walls with wooden floors

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As soft shades of green prove hugely popular for walls, softer shades of lighter woods are a popular style choice for floors to soften a color scheme.

"Green perfectly lends itself to wood flooring for an earthy, natural, and simplistic look that brings the outside in. For sage greens, pair with light oak flooring to really bring a sense of freshness and light to your space" advises Johanna Constantinou, at Tapi (opens in new tab).

Colors that go with sage green

If you're looking to incorporate sage green into your home, but don't want to drastically re-paint your entire living space, it's worth noting that there are plenty of colors you could pair with the fresh gray-green shade. From bolder reds to more muted whites and greys, there is a myriad of colors you could pair with sage green because it's so versatile.

Incorporating sage green into your home could mean you paint an entire room, or just opt for a feature wall. "How you use bold shades depends on how confident you are with color and the level in which you want to incorporate it into your home," advises Rosie Ward, creative director of interior design studioWard & Co (opens in new tab). "If you're looking for more subtle pops of color, an 'accent' wall behind joinery works really well, as does the use ofsagegreenfurnishings."

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"As a mutedgreen, it goes wonderfully with brights, pastels, and other colors of a similar tone such as burgundy or burnt orange" interiors expert Jennifer Kay told us.

1. Navy blue

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Shades of blue are often the perfect compliment to green hues, due to the close relationship on the color wheel meaning the two palettes have similar undertones.

But rather than matching the watery tones, we are seeing striking contrasts making the most impact when it comes to pairing with sage green. Namely sophisticated shades of navy, which create a striking contrast to the soft neutral tones of the gray-green.

"More earthy than a leaf green with a delicate silvery tone reminiscent of frosted sage, it works well in so many settings but it’s especially lovely when teamed with dark navy and duck egg blues or deeper, fresher greens" explains Helen.

2. Pink

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Sage green is also the perfect backdrop for both warm and cool pink colors. Go bold with hot-pink (another on-trend shade) or cool with blush pink. Sage green will cool down warmer pink shades for a fresher look.

"A saturated sage green can look soft and whimsical when paired with pastel pinks" explains Helen. "Why not add in accents of brushed brass and velvet for a touch of glam." This look is especially effective for a bedroom or living room scheme, where it's easy to add a hit of accent color by adding textiles. A super-easy way to combine the two is via your bedding or scatter cushions, where a soft blush pink goes perfectly with the sage green.

3. Brilliant white

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As with most other colors, sage green pairs perfectly with crisp white color accents –creating an overall calm and muted look. In a room that’s predominantly white or cream, it also adds a touch of warmth. An easy way to combine white and sage green is to have one soft green signature wall, with the remaining walls painted white.

For a decorative way to introduce a splash of sage green, you could incorporate a feature wall that celebrates nature – inspired by this Woodland Wallpaper By James Wiens at (opens in new tab). Or, in kitchens, you could have your cupboards sage green and your walls white, or the other way around.

4. Pale gray

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With shades of gray taking over as the new neutral in our homes, it's often the case that pale gray takes the place of brilliant white, offering a softer shade for walls which can feel less clinical than stark white.

In the same vein as pairing with white, sage green and pale gray can also look stylish when paired together, as the green will lift the gray and add some vibrancy to your space.

In a kitchen color scheme, team sage green cabinetry with light gray walls to provide a warm, contrast. In a living room apply the same principles, pair sage green sofas with pale gray walls for a complementary neutral scheme.

5. Muted red

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When it comes to complementary colors, muted red is the best pairing for sage green if you're feeling brave. Red and purples, as warmer colors, can work nicely against the cooler tones of sage green. You could pair the two via accessories, or you might want to pair a sage green wall with a red, brick-work, or tiled floor.

It's advised to avoid two bold wall colors, so steer away from combining sage green and red on your walls. Instead, incorporate the two shades in a more subtle way, via flooring, furniture, accessories, or bedding.

6. Yellow

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For more vibrant decor, consider pairing sage green with some similarly fresh, but brighter, spring and summer colors, such as yellow.This is the perfect option for those who want to elevate the decor, and prefer a more eclectic style over muted, softer tones.

We love the option of yellow furniture in a sage green room – such as a living room or a bedroom. Or, you could try yellow bedding in a green room, as a way to test out whether you like the combination.


Is sage green a modern color? ›

Sage is popping up in interiors everywhere and is even slated to be a defining color of 2022—paint brands like PPG, Benjamin Moore, and Sherwin-Williams all chose sage as their Color of the Year. The earthy green-gray is soft and impactful, reminiscent of the herb with its namesake.

Is sage green timeless? ›

Sage green offers a saturated hue with definite color without feeling too bold or trendy - in fact, we'd argue that this color is completely versatile and timeless in its varying shades and tones.

What does sage green color symbolize? ›

The word sage is defined as a profoundly wise person—someone who is venerated for his wisdom, judgment, and experience. Sage green is, thus, a color that can express wisdom. As a green, it also communicates peace and growth and speaks of ecology and nature. Sage green goes well with purples , golds, and taupes.

What Colour does sage green go with? ›

Balance cool sage with warm accents.

For a more colorful palette, refer to green's opposite on the color wheel. "In terms of complementary colors, soft mauves and deep pinks can add depth to a sage palette," Woelfel says.

Is sage green a popular color for 2022? ›

For 2022, paint brands have made clear the defining color for the new year: sage green. From Sherwin-Williams' Evergreen Fog and Valspar's Blanched Thyme to Benjamin Moore's October Mist, this color's major decorating moment is here to stay.

What is the new green color for 2022? ›

You're not just imagining things: Almost every paint company named a shade of sage green as its colors of the year for 2022. It should come as no surprise that the Apartment Therapy Slack channels were burning as six (!) national paint brands zeroed in on this hue for 2022.

What is the most timeless colour? ›

White. White is, of course, always a good paint choice, because it feels elegant, fresh and clean. Plus, Gibbons says, “black and white are the most timeless colors you'll find anywhere and the most timeless color combination.”

Is sage green a warm or cool tone? ›

Sage greens are muted greens with gray undertones. They are soft and subdued and can be either warm or cool.

What colour is timeless? ›

Timeless is a neutral cream colour from Dulux

This cream shade is lighter and less yellow toned than others, giving it a subtle touch. This will leave rooms feeling cosy and not as stark as a white paint, like Dulux White Cotton.

How does the color sage make you feel? ›

A sage green can be tranquil and relaxing, while a darker, more saturated green can invigorate the senses. Try using a saturated, less bright green in your home office or crafting studio, or a less saturated, muted green in your bedroom.

What emotion does sage green evoke? ›

What does the color “sage green” mean? The association of sage with the herb and its woody green parent can't help but evoke feelings of the natural world, which in turn is associated with peace and harmony. In addition, a secondary meaning of the word “sage” describes someone with deep wisdom.

Why do people love sage green? ›

Sage green is a particularly appealing hue because it's an earth tone, and it can function as a neutral, but it's a bit more lively than other common neutrals, such as taupe and beige.

Is sage green a pretty color? ›

Of all the possible shades, sage green is especially lovely. Organic and earthy, sage green paint grounds any room it's used in.

Does sage green go with grey? ›

Grey and sage greens

And it works so well with grey because they have those same calming, grounding, soft tones and in fact when paired with grey this muted green almost becomes neutral too. Perfect if you want to introduce the second color to a grey room but not lose the overall serene, neutral scheme.

What is the lucky color of the year 2022? ›

In Chinese tradition, the known lucky colors for the year 2022 are light blue, mint green, fiery red, and imperial yellow.

What is the hottest color for 2022? ›

Pantone's Color of the Year 2022: Very Peri

The blue-purple hue is described as “blending the faithfulness and constancy of blue with the energy and excitement of red.”

What is the exact color of the year 2022? ›

2022 Color of the Year, Evergreen Fog SW 9130 | Sherwin-Williams.

What looks good with sage green? ›

These 9 colors all go perfectly with sage green, from subtle, understated combinations to bold, unexpected pairings.
  • Sage green and dark stone. ...
  • Sage green and earthy brown. ...
  • Sage green and jet black. ...
  • Sage green and warm orange. ...
  • Sage green and white. ...
  • Sage green and mustard yellow. ...
  • Sage green and pink. ...
  • Sage green and red.
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What is the new color for 2023? ›

Bright and cheery, Benjamin Moore's pick for 2023 color of the year is a vibrant red-orange called Raspberry Blush.

What is the most popular wall color for 2022? ›

The most popular neutral interior paint color of 2022 is Pure White by Sherwin-Williams. This popular neutral wall color is beloved by interior designers for any room.

What is the happiest color ever? ›

Yellow is widely recognized as the happiest color in the world and comes with a scientific pedigree to back up this esteemed honor. Research has suggested two main reasons why yellow is considered the happiest color. Many studies have linked the psychological powers of yellow to the sun.

What colors is for 2022 for living rooms? ›

What is the best living room accent wall color of 2022? Earthy-toned green shades are on the rise in 2022. Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, Glidden, Behr, PPG, and Better Homes & Gardens all chose muted green colors as their Color of the Year for 2022.

What color bedroom furniture is timeless? ›

Modern Bedroom Colors

The best bedroom colors for modern bedroom design are neutral colors such as shades of gray, white, brown, and black. A neutral backdrop of paint in a modern design sets the scene for luxurious layers of furnishing, bedding, and drapes to complete the design with a finer touch of elegance.

What color trim goes with sage green? ›

Bright, coastal sage green siding can feel closer to primary colors, meaning crisp white trim is always an excellent choice to make the color combo pop.

What shade of white goes with sage green? ›

Bright white is the perfect way to enhance natural light and make a space feel fresh and clean. Adding sage green to the crisp white colour scheme softens it and prevents it from looking harsh and stark.

What curtains go with sage green walls? ›

Probably the simplest (and safest!) option is white. It's clean, crisp and provides a beautiful contrast for your sage green walls. For minimal, Scandi-chic vibes, you can't go wrong with a pair of bright white light filtering or semi-sheer curtains or shades.

What bathroom colors are timeless? ›

Bright, white colors are always timeless. You can use a hint of ivory or even an eggshell white, but using whites will keep your bathroom relevant. Trendy or bold colors will go out of style quickly. If you do want splashes of color, use your decor and accent pieces to bring in that design aspect.

What does it mean to look timeless? ›

What is timeless style? Timeless style is an elevated classic fashion style that ceases to go out out of style or look dated. It consists of elevated basics, sophisticated centerpieces and streamlined outfits that avoid being identified by a particular fashion trend or fashion decade.

What makes anything timeless? ›

To be timeless, as defined by the dictionary, is to not be affected by the passage of time, to be resistant to change. But when I compare the definition to our perception of timeless work, there's a conflict: timeless work isn't actually an issue of time. Rather, it's a principle, a style, concept or quality of work.

What color is sage closest to? ›

Sage is a grey-green resembling that of dried sage leaves. As a quaternary color, it is an equal mix of the tertiary colors citron and slate.

Does sage change your mood? ›

When sage is burned, it releases negative ions, which is linked to putting people into a positive mood.

What colors make rooms happy? ›

Green, yellow and pink are among the most popular paint colours for lifting spirits in the home.

What is your personality if your favorite color is sage green? ›

Those with Green color personality strengths tend to be perfectionistic, analytical, conceptual, cool, calm, inventive and logical. They seek knowledge and understanding as well as always looking for explanations and answers.

What is the most relaxing color for the eyes? ›

There's also some scientific research indicating that due to the short wavelengths of cooler colors and how our cones perceive them, greens and blues are the most relaxing to our eyes. Easily put, greens and blues colors are simply less tiring to the eye."

What emotions make you feel green? ›

Optimism – The color green evokes a feeling of hopefulness, responsibility, wealth, forgiveness, comfort and energy; all of which can be characteristics of someone who is optimistic.

Why is sage so popular? ›

Sage green is a particularly appealing hue because it's an earth tone, and it can function as a neutral, but it's a bit more lively than other common neutrals, such as taupe and beige.

What season color is sage green? ›

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Green is always in season. In fall and winter we like darker forest shades. While in summer, we prefer grassy or even neon hues. But this spring, we're all about sage green.

Is sage green a boho color? ›

Sage is a very light, almost grayish, green color. Not only is it perfect for the Bohemian style, but it's also predicted to be one of 2021's most popular colors.

What color green is calming? ›

Beige greens and pale yellow-greens are the most stress-reducing shades in the green family.

What color is opposite sage green on the color wheel? ›

The warm undertones of the rich purple color juxtapose the cool gray undertones of the subdued sage hue. Purple and green are tertiary colors that sit opposite each other on the color wheel, so it's only natural they balance each other out.

Do brunettes look good in sage green? ›

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Orangey-reds, gold, bark browns and deep forest greens are a terrific complement to brown hair. You also look great in a range of greens — mossy to olive and sage.

What colors are considered modern? ›

The most common color for a modern decorating scheme is white, but it can be any hue—gray, tan, blue, or red. The trick is to pick one hue that you can live with in large doses, day in and day out. Then choose wall paint, flooring, and furnishings that lie in that color band.

Is sage a popular color? ›

'Sage green is one of the most popular color requests in the kitchen at the moment. It can add a refreshing touch to a kitchen and dark natural stone splashbacks and worktops make for a sleek and modern look with just a touch of color,' she adds.

Is sage green in fashion? ›

Sage green is now trending both in home decor and fashion. Because of the freshness it brings, many prefer to wear sage green in any event. Although it is a neutral color, it can create a sophisticated look.

What is the most popular color for 2022? ›

53 percent of experts surveyed think that sage green is the most popular color of 2022, not just for living rooms but also for other parts of the house.

Which color is the happiest? ›

Yellow is widely recognized as the happiest color in the world and comes with a scientific pedigree to back up this esteemed honor. Research has suggested two main reasons why yellow is considered the happiest color. Many studies have linked the psychological powers of yellow to the sun.

Is sage green a warm or cool color? ›

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Sage varies in lightness and saturation. It can be earthy and warm or cool and silvery, so go as neutral or bold as you'd like.

Why is sage green popular? ›

Sage green is a particularly appealing hue because it's an earth tone, and it can function as a neutral, but it's a bit more lively than other common neutrals, such as taupe and beige.

Is sage green a fall or spring color? ›

Sage Clothing Is the Wardrobe Addition You Need this Spring

A light green shade, sage is the perfect transitional color if you've been sticking to darker hues over winter.

What is the sage green aesthetic? ›

What is a sage green aesthetic? Long considered a relic hue of the 1970's, sage green is back in a big way for the 2020's. Inherently calming, sage green invokes feelings of serenity, well-being, and renewed happiness with its direct connection to nature.


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