How to use Sage Green Paint Colors + Most Popular!

Sage green is an earthly muted shade of green + gray. Its the perfect marriage of these two colors and its crazy versatile. Depending on the shade and intensity, sage green can be used in any room or exterior. Its just a matter of finding the right color for your space!

Sage green, or all greens for that matter, were not even on Designer’s radars until Sherwin Williams named Evergreen Fog their Color of the Year 2022. Benjamin Moore quickly followed by naming October Mist their Color of the Year 2022.

We had just come out of the all gray trend for 10 years and into the all white neutral trend going crazy staring at our 4 colorless walls as we worked and lived in our homes 7/24 during the pandemic. So we were all caught off guard with these announcements but we quickly embraced these colors and in my humble opinion, lol, . BUT both color started a beautiful emotional journey of adding warm and individuality to our homes.

Green is an emotional color!

The color green creates alot of emotions. Green reminds of us nature which makes us feel calm, balanced and relaxed. It also is known as the color for growth and new beginnings. It is peaceful and restful on the eyes.

Sage green is all of these things plus more. Its the one color that transcends almost every interior design style, plus sage green, depending on the shade and intensity, can look amazing in any interior and alot of exteriors as well.

Sage green is one of the most versatile colors there is because, depending on the shade, because it can be used in any interior design style and in most interiors in some capacity. It also looks lovely in exteriors depending on your home’s style and location.

How do I choose a green wall color?

There are several factors that come into play when chossing the right shade of green for yur walls. What is your design style? Are you looking for calm or moody? Light or dark?

How much natural light does the room get? Generally speaking, deeper shades of green should have more natural light to show off the colors better. Lighter greens are more flexible with lighting and can work in most rooms.

Where to use sage green?

Sage green is one of those rare colors that you can use in almost any room, and also for your exterior as well. It is not only very versatile depending on the shade and intensity, its one of those colors that goes well with most interior design styles.

Read: What are interior design styles + how to pick one for your home!

Sage Green Entryways

Benjamin Moore October Mist

Typically I save bold colors for accent walls in entryways if I’m using a bold and dramatic color. But here on our right in this home, Benjamin Moore October Mist works very well. Its warm, dramatic with a touch of moodiness. Don’t you just love that vase shaped like a pear?

Bear in mind with our picture on the right, we don’t see the rest of the house here, so October Mist in this entranceway is also spilling over into the adjoining room which I’m assuming is the living room. If that’s a bit too much drama, choose an accent wall for your bolder sage green color. Or you could pick a lovely shade of sage green to paint the inside of your front door bringing the color of the natural greens from the outdoors inside.

Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom CSP-775

Photo: Heathered Nest

Having an entire entryway sage room may be a bit too much sage for most homeowners. Especially when entryways typically don’t have a hard stop but open up into a living room and/or a kitchen & dining space. Having a sage green accent wall is a great way to add interest to the entryway without committing to a entire main floor in this color. Or painting the INSIDE of your front door is also a great way to bring the natural greens from outside in!

Sage Green Living Room

If you have a living room that is a room on its own, not an open concept area, sage green is lovely. A light sage green is refreshing and relaxing. A deeper and darker sage green creates a moody & initiate atmosphere. Neither are right or wrong, it just depends on the mood and style that you want for your living room.

Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom

Photo: Plan-home

In our living room above, Benjamin Moore’s Sage Wisdom is fun and whimsical in this eclectic interior design. This color would also be great for a bathroom, bedroom or a dining room.

Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog

Photo: Sherwin Williams

Dark and moody living rooms, offices, dining rooms etc. are trending right now and the very popular Evergreen Fog looks comfortable in this rustic contemporary living room with its rustic wood beams and cognac leather sofas. The room has lots of windows for ample light to shine in through the day. This color is very comfortable and soulful.

Sage Green Office

Sage green offices have become very popular in the last few years because of the emotion that sage green provokes in people. A sense of calm, energy, and bringing the outdoors in. There are many ways to decorate your office in sage green from painting the whole room sage green, using a sage green for an accent wall color, or painting your desk | cabinets a beautiful shade of green.

Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog

Photo: Designer Carolyn Leona, Photograph: Abigail Jackson

This office designed by Carolyn Leona is stunning. Notice how she used the color on the walls, and the natural woods and cool white as the accent colors. This way, when you have dark walls, you’re not overwhelmed with the color when you use light and natural accents.

Benjamin Moore High Park

Photo: Making Joy & Pretty Things

If you don’t want sage green on your walls, use sage green as an accent color like Making Joy & Pretty Things did above. This cabinet painted in Benjamin Moore High Park gives a warm & inviting vibe to this office space making your time working relaxing. Don’t you just love the wallpaper she used for the back wall instead of painting it a neutral? Brilliant!

Sage Green Kitchen

Sage green has become a VERY popular paint color for kitchens in the last few years with the insurgence of the sage green phase we’re currently in. Some say that green kitchens are the number #1 paint color currently. I don’t agree with that, BUT if you watch any of the HGTV shows, you will see all shades of shade green used often, from light, medium to dark sage green. Sage green kitchens definitely

Sherwin Williams Clary Sage

Photo: Sarah Stacey Design

Designer Sarah Stacey designed this gorgeous kitchen for a client. It is absolutely stunning in Sherwin Williams Clary Sage. If you want sage green in your kitchen but like a lighter shade, Clary Sage could be the one for you! Check out all the pictures here.

Benjamin Moore Saybook Sage HC-114

Sherwin Williams Retreat

Looking for a darker sage green, this kitchen is stunning in Sherwin Williams Retreat. This dark green kitchen may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it is stunning. One way to include sage green in a kitchen is to paint the upper cabinets a neutral like a white or cream, and paint the lower cabinets a sage green. This way you can have the best of both worlds.

Sage Green Bedrooms

Sage green is a perfect color for a bedroom because of its calming & relaxing effect it has in a room. Sage green would look great in any bedroom like the primary, guest bedroom, a kids bedroom or even a nursery. You can’t go wrong your walls sage green, whether you paint the entire room or one accent wall.

Benjamin Moore Saybrook Sage HC-114

Photo: mollyforthewin

Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom

Benjamin Moore Soft Fern

Photo: Plan-Home

Sage Green Dining Room

Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog
Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

Photo: West Hollar

Sage Green Bathrooms

I have to admit, I have a thing for green bathrooms. They’re serene, calm and can make you feel like you’re in a spa. In one of my house flips, I painted my bathroom with Sherwin Williams Sea Salt before sage green became an obsession in the design world. “They” say that soft green bathrooms are not popular anymore and that bolder greens are taking over but I think there’s room for both. What do you think? Take a look at our two very different bathrooms below.

Sherwin Williams Sea Salt SW 6204

I painted a powder room in one of my houses this beautiful relaxing Sherwin Williams Sea Salt. I was actually getting my house ready to sell but wish I had painted this powder room this color sooner so I could have enjoyed it.

Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze

Photo: silo.hill

This bathroom above by silo.hill is absolutely stunning. The rich warm color of SW Acacia Haze, combined with a warm white makes this bathroom feel like a spa retreat. Don’t you just love that bathtub??

Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze

Photo: Plan-Home

Perhaps your bathroom cabinets are from a previous decade and you want to update them without doing a complete bathroom renovation. Painting them in a beautiful shade of sage green, like Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze, is a great way to update your bathroom with minimal expense.

Sage Green Laundry Room

You love a sage green cabinet, but you’re not sure you want it in your kitchen? Try a sage green in your laundry room. Its organic, relaxing, and might even make you like doing laundry lol.

Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay

Photo: Urban Grace Interiors

Sage Green Exteriors

Green exteriors is trending taking over for the black exterior trend that is nearing its end. I love sage green as a color for exteriors, but like any exterior paint color, it needs to be appropriate for the setting, character of the home, and compliment the existing exterior fixed elements like stone, brick and/or siding.

Benjamin Moore Saybrook Sage HC-114

Photo: Pinterest

Sherwin Williams Artichoke SW6179

Love the color sage green, but don’t want it for an entire house? Use it for your front door. How adorable is this color on this white exterior?

Too much green for all 4 walls? Try an accent wall with green!

Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog

Photo: Sherwin Williams

Need some help?

Hi! I’m Debi Collinson. Designer. Color Consultant & Real Estate Investor. 

I conducted my first color consult at the age of 7, lol, for my father. I grew up looking at blue prints, going on construction sites and helping my dad, an Engineer|General Contractor and Co-Owner of a Design|Build|Engineering firm pick out paint colors for his buildings. since 2006, I have been in hundreds of houses, decorating & staging homes to make them look like they belong on a magazine page. In my spare time lol, I renovate, manage & am general contractor for my rental properties.

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