Sage green is a fascinating hue. Or, rather, a fascinating family of hues. Despite the specific name “sage,” the greens that are contained within this category are many. The common traits shared by sage greens, however, include the fact that they are rather muted greens, and they also have undertones of grey. Sage green has gone in and out of “fashion” in interior design over the decades, but right now it’s a very popular choice, for good reason.
Sage with Black.
As a soft hue, sage green might feel too delicate to pair with black, but to keep the colors apart entirely would be a mistake. Black accents, including black frames on sage walls or sage artwork, increase the aesthetically dramatic effect of the otherwise subdued sage.
Versatile Sage Color.
Sage greens are an excellent neutral because they are subdued, soft shades. Sage greens also make great pops of color, though, because they can be warm or cool, contrasting beautifully within a space to draw attention.
Something about the soft, stable vibe of sage green makes it feel almost traditional. Which sage color can be. But it works beautifully as a component of modern design as well, perhaps due in large part to its very nature of historic-feeling charm.
Deep Sage vs Pale Sage.
When you consider which direction of sage you want to lean toward as you design your space, consider this: a dark, warm version of sage will feel more muted and somber than a very pale, cool sage, which is much more vibrant. If you want the color to pop, this is something to think about.
Organic Sage Green.
As the name suggests, all sage greens pretty much have an organic, earthy vibe about them. But this attribute is particularly apparent when sage is paired with wood and/or dark elements. The good news is, sage color is considered to be one of the easiest to work with in design.
We’re not talking about the hip and suave version of cool, although that could certainly be an apropos description. Sage color in general trends toward the cooler side of the spectrum, which means it can look quite grey, particularly in a space with pale or little natural light (like a north-facing room). Be sure to test it out to get the temperature you want for your space.
Sage with Metals.
The grey undertones of sage color make it a cool neutral, but one with some color (as opposed to relatively color-less neutrals such as beige or grey…which are great in their own ways). Brighten up the sophisticated hue by incorporating metal detailing for a sleek and contemporary aesthetic.
Warm shades of sage tend to be deeper, darker grey-greens. These colors pair beautifully with other rich hues such as deep reds and golds. Even with this warmth, the colors maintain a more contemporary feel when given plenty of white space.
There’s no denying that a deep, dusty sage wall brings together all sorts of characteristics. It’s got brains, beauty, and brawn all rolled into one. Furnishings that match the depth and tone of a moody sage make a gorgeously sedated, reflective, and wise space.
Patterns or prints of sage can read like an interesting neutral if the other color(s) used are on the lighter side of things, such as eggshell or cream. Or if the pattern is comprised of lots of US $1 bills. Bonus: this way, one can’t be accused of flushing money down the toilet.
The grey-green backbone of sage color makes it a prime candidate to the be neutral of choice in a space with an otherwise tight or restrained color palette. Textural accessories, such as touchably soft pillows, play a key role in a sage space in warming it up, also.
As a soft yet sophisticated neutral, sage is often the color of choice to paint the walls or furnish the large pieces. However, the color works equally well as a standalone object. It’s noticeable yet unobtrusive and unassuming, which makes a sage green piece perfectly charming.
Sage and Earth Tones.
Any temperature of sage green works well when paired with natural, earthy tones. The calming effect of a sage-and-wood combination is decidedly calming and sweetly inviting.
Sage color can take on the look of any space its place in, due in large part to its incredible versatility. It takes on a definitive masculine appeal when placed in a space with other dark and heavy components because those components themselves are masculine. This is particularly true of sage green in a library or other visually busy space; sage balances the aesthetic weight of other pieces, though, by lifting the visual load rather than overwhelming it.
Despite its deep roots in the desert climate of Mother Earth, sage color can pull of a categorically authentic retro vibe when paired and patterned in the right way. It’s a refreshing and unexpected twist on this classical neutral color.
A streamlined, clean-lined sofa and chair set in a khaki-leaning sage hue provides an important subtly contrasting feature against violet walls. Funky pillows complete the modern, hip vibe where balance reigns supreme here.
Sage with Grey.
Grey has come to be considered the decade’s (and perhaps beyond) neutral of choice. Sage is a neutral as well, so when the two are paired together, one becomes the foundation and the other a “pop.” A couple of sage color throw pillows on a gunmetal grey sofa provide a great energy in a monochromatic grey space while keeping things comfortably muted.
Sage and Gold.
I’m hard pressed to think of a color that doesn’t work with gold on some level, but sage is one hue that looks particularly luxe and gorgeous when paired with gold. This sunburst mirror is set off beautifully by the warm sage green wall behind it.
Sage as a Rug.
Over medium wood flooring, a sage colored area rug creates the perfect mix of organic neutral (which complements the floor) and helpful color (which creates definition within the floor space). The combination is subtle yet so useful in some spaces that require intuitive definition.
Sage and Olive.
As two green hues well-known for their muted, grey undertones, sage and olive green share a forever bond. What some people don’t realize, though, is that sage and olive work quite well together. The end result of this pairing is a cool, calm blend.