12 Best Sage Green Paint Colors for a Relaxing Room

The top sage green paint colors most recommended by designers for an earthy, calming space in kitchens, laundry rooms, and bedrooms.

This week, we are going sage green paint color crazy in a shared teen girl bedroom makeover for our sweet neighbors down the street!

It was their one main request. Remember the Carney family whose rec room makeover we completed last winter? Yep, that crew. We’re due for another makeover invasion.

I walked in to get measurements of their room while wearing a sage green shirt, and the girls went, “We want THAT COLOR!”

The Best Sage Green Paint Colors Recommended by Designers

So I dove deep into the sage green rabbit hole in my search method for finding the perfect paint color, and it felt like the perfect round up to add to the favorite paint color archives.

Where to Use Sage Green Paint Colors

Not only is it perfect for creating an organic, calming space, it is definitely trending now that Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams both recently named a shade of sage green as their paint color of the year.

Because sage is light, muted shade of green mixed with gray and can lean earthy with yellow undertones or lean slightly aqua with blue undertones, it works especially well in bathrooms and bedrooms to create a feeling of serenity.

Since it has strong ties to nature and leaves, using the color can help any room like a living room or a study feel grounded.

For a whisper of color, sage green is a popular choice on kitchen cabinets to add a relaxed mood with a subtle pop of color in an otherwise typically busy space. Something about the green hue just lets you breathe a little deeper. Mmm.

12 Best Sage Green Paint Colors

Here are my 12 favorite sage green color paints and the top recommended ones used by designers.

Benjamin Moore October Mist

Benjamin Moore October Mist
Credit: Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore Saybrook Sage

Benjamin Moore Saybrook Sage
Credit: Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore Hollingsworth Green

Benjamin Moore Hollingsworth Green

Behr Bitter Sage

Behr Bitter Sage
Credit: Haneen’s Haven

Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage

Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage
Credit: Building Bluebird

Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog

Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog
Credit: Sherwin Williams

Farrow & Ball Lichen

Farrow & Ball Lichen - an earthy sage green paint color

Farrow & Ball Mizzle

Farrow & Ball Mizzle - Sage Green Paint Color
Credit: All.Thats.Pretty

Farrow & Ball French Gray

Clare Paint Money Moves

Clare Paint Money Moves
Credit: Clare Paint

Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom

Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom
Credit: House Mix

Sherwin Williams Clary Sage

Sherwin Williams Clary Sage
Credit: Sarah Stacey

What Color Compliments Sage Green Paint Colors?

Soft White or Grey

Crisp white and soft grey pairs beautifully with sage green for a simplistic, relaxed look. Try Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace or Sherwin Williams Extra White. For greys, try Benjamin Moore Gray Owl or Sherwin Williams Passive.

Warm White

When paired with a slightly cream or ivory, sage green can create a feeling of warmth. Sherwin Williams Alabaster or Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee work beautifully.


In reference to sage green’s complementary colors on the color wheel, soft mauve or bold pink can lift a space to feel more modern. Consider adding pink accents in textiles on bedding, pillows, or draperies.


Muted red like in Persian rugs, terra cotta tile, or an exposed brick wall can add depth to sage green, if you’re feeling brave. Start small, but the more red tones you incorporate alongside sage, the more eclectic it will feel.


It doesn’t have to be an in-your-face sunflower yellow, but a subtle yellow tone like that in rattan, sisal, bamboo, and other natural textures create the atmosphere like that of a spa. But if you are feeling a little more daring, sage green works beautifully with a bold yellow too.

Have you used a favorite sage green paint color in the past that left you head-over-heels in love? I’m all ears over here because I definitely plan to paint something sage at our house once we’re finished at the neighbors’.

At least the color will make us feel really relaxed while we paint all day. You think, maybe? I can hope anyway.


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  1. Darn, I just got rid of my sage green. Thought I was way out of date🤣🤣 I’ve always loved the soft greens.

  2. I also thought that I disliked “green” but fell in love with F&B Lichen as a choice for our front door. BM Louisburg Green is really close to it. The soft grayed sage green is really lovely on the main door of our home painted BM Dove White with SW Anew Gray shutters. The photo of F&B Lichen in your post appears much darker/greener than in person.

    1. I will always sample paint colors on all walls of a room. Because the colors will look different in most spaces and rooms. But this does appear a bit darker than what I have seen in other’s use.

  3. Several years ago we painted our west facing living room with B.M. Camouflage and it still brings me joy! Right outside is a river birch which when leaved casts amazing shadows on the walls. It’s like being under a tree! It’s one of those paint colors that changes depending on the light. Early morning light reflects off the white bark of the tree and the houses across the street and it has a golden green tone, In the afternoon it looks more gray and at night it literally disappears. It was my first green and it won’t be my last.

  4. Yes! I used Soft Fern by Benjamin Moore in a large kitchen/breakfast room, and in another house, in an office. I don’t like green or earthy colors and this is both and for some reason I just love it. We are remodeling our new house and I’m looking around for a room to paint Soft Fern right now.