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.

In case you haven’t heard, sage green walls are trending lately. But the good news is sage green is a great choice for a vibrant, calming color palette even without considering trends. 

If you’re looking for a way to update your own home with the perfect color, the expert advice in this blog post will guide you through favorite sage green paint colors widely used by interior designers. 

The Best Sage Green Paint Colors Recommended by Designers

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.

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12 Best Sage Green Paint Colors

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

Benjamin Moore October Mist

Benjamin Moore October Mist is a soft, sage green paint color that evokes the tranquil feeling of an early fall morning.

It has a gentle blend of gray undertones, which adds a soothing, muted quality, making it a very versatile color for any paint project.

Benjamin Moore October Mist
Credit: Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore Saybrook Sage

Benjamin Moore Saybrook Sage is a muted, herbal green earthy shade. Its warm undertone adds a subtle coziness to make a room feel welcoming. 

Benjamin Moore Saybrook Sage
Credit: Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore Hollingsworth Green

Benjamin Moore Hollingsworth Green is a light, refreshing green that brings a sense of airy spaciousness to interiors. Its slight yellow undertone gives it a warm, inviting quality.

Hollingsworth Green is a great option for a sophisticated look in a bathroom or laundry room.

Benjamin Moore Hollingsworth Green

Behr Bitter Sage

Behr Bitter Sage is a vibrant, earthy green that can create a rejuvenating environment in any space.

This sage green hue has a blend of gray undertones, which adds a soothing, neutral base. It pairs seamlessly with a wide array of design elements and color palettes.

Behr Bitter Sage
Credit: Haneen’s Haven

Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage

Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage is a warm, mid-tone green that creates a sense of calm in living spaces. It’s the perfect shade for pairing with both contemporary and traditional decor.

Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage
Credit: Building Bluebird

Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog

Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog is a cool green color with a little bit of gray, offering a fresh and contemporary look that can rejuvenate any space.

Its undertones include subtle hints of blue, making it an easy choice for sophisticated interiors. 

Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog
Credit: Sherwin Williams

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Farrow & Ball Lichen

Farrow and Ball Lichen is a soft, warm nearly olive green with yellow undertones that captures the natural beauty of moss-covered surfaces, bringing an organic energy to interiors. 

Farrow & Ball Lichen - an earthy sage green paint color

Farrow & Ball Mizzle

Farrow and Ball Mizzle is a light, muted cool green that mirrors the tranquil quality of light mist over the countryside. Its gray undertones lend a calming effect that reads almost blue in some lighting.

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

Farrow & Ball French Gray

Just light the name suggests, Farrow and Ball French Gray is a warm gray imbued with an earthy green hue. It almost behaves like a neutral, making it one of the best paint colors to use if you only want a hint of green.

Clare Paint Money Moves

Clare Paint Money Moves is a vibrant, rich green making it a more bold choice than most sage color paints. Its undertones are a subtle blend of blue, creating a lush, bright shade. 

Clare Paint Money Moves
Credit: Clare Paint

Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom

Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom is a subtle grounding green, ideal for creating a harmonious atmosphere in any room. Its balanced tone bridges the gap between nature-inspired freshness and cozy warmth.

Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom
Credit: House Mix

Sherwin Williams Clary Sage

Sherwin Williams Clary Sage is a light, bright almost mint green that brings any space to life. It pairs beautifully with a wide range of decor styles, from rustic to contemporary.

Sherwin Williams Clary Sage
Credit: Sarah Stacey

What Color Compliments Sage Green Paint Colors?

  • Soft white or grey
  • Warm white
  • Pink
  • Red
  • Yellow

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.

Pink

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.

Red

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.

Yellow

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does paint sheen change the color of sage green paint?

Yes, paint sheen can change how you perceive a paint color because the light is reflected differently in every sheen. Flat sheen has a chalky finish that absorbs light and can appear slightly lighter. Gloss sheen bounces light and can make a color appear slightly darker.

Is sage green a neutral color?

Technically, it isn’t a neutral, but it can almost be treated as a neutral because it pairs so well with many other colors.

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7 Comments

  1. THANK YOU so much for explaining the differences in shades…it’s so hard to tell on a monitor. I have a large project (St. Lucia bed from Arhaus), which is brass now and I want a bronze tone, so will go with Spanish Copper, which I had discounted until I read your comments and saw it on an actual item. Love your blog.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.