Soft Sage: The Subtle Green That Works as a Neutral

If gray or beige isn’t your thing, consider sage green as an alternative neutral. We've got ideas for using this versatile hue in any space.

Keep in mind: Price and stock could change after publish date, and we may make money from these links.
August 31, 2016
Related To:

Photo By: Deborah Llewellyn Photography

Photo By: Erin Williamson

Photo By: House of Jade Interiors

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Photo By:

Photo By: Eric Roth Photography

©Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Sarah Dorio/Flynnside Out Productions ©2016, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Soft Sage Green Color Palette

This delicate green is a great alternative to more typical neutrals, working well with a wide range of decorating styles, accent colors, wood tones and metal finishes. In this kitchen, it complements warm wood shutters and barstools and a green floral wallpaper.

Restful Bedroom

The soft, grayish-green color of sage leaves is an ideal choice when designing a bedroom. In this space, muted green fabric spilling from a valance above the bed creates a soothing backdrop for slumber.

A Hint of Color

Soft sage is the perfect solution if you want to add a touch of color to your walls without overpowering the space. In this living room, sage walls enhance the cool color palette without taking attention away from the elegant fireplace.

Cabinet Alternative

If you’re looking for something different than the typical white or gray kitchen cabinets, consider soft sage. The subtle hint of color looks great with wood tones, stainless steel and various types of stone.

Bright and Inviting

Paired with crisp white linens and muted green and blue throw pillows, this sage-colored bedroom looks bright and fresh. A black four-poster bed adds eye-catching contrast to the space.

Earthy Hues

When mixed with tans, browns and blacks, sage green takes on a darker, earthier tone. This bedroom's wall color was inspired by the home's surrounding desert vegetation.

A Bold Approach

Sage green looks gorgeous with other soothing tones, such as muted blues and earthy browns. But for a bolder look, try pairing sage with a brighter hue. Here, yellow and black barstools add a splash of color to an otherwise neutral kitchen.

Gallery Wall Backdrop

A soft, sage green paint color is the perfect backdrop for a gallery wall. As seen in this hallway, it lets the artwork serve as the focal point, yet it also brings out some of the colors in the paintings.
From: Tom Helme

Craftsman Complement

Sage green is a perfect color choice for Craftsman architecture, accentuating the style's other natural elements. On this home exterior, sage board and batten siding pairs beautifully with stone and wood accents.

Warm Contemporary

Sage green can also add warmth to a more contemporary space. With its stainless steel hardware and sleek cabinetry, this kitchen could look too stark, but a sage green backsplash, celery green barstools and a reclaimed wood island make it feel inviting.

Coastal Cool

Inspired by the nearby ocean, shades of sage green, tan, blue and white help this living room feel connected with its surroundings.

Spa-Like Space

Want to create a soothing, spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom? Soft sage walls are a great starting point. Here, they create a serene backdrop for a freestanding soaking tub and a large island.

Seasonal Swaps

Not just for fall, sage green can complement your decor all year long. Here, a soft green wall is accented with pinecones, berries and branches for a fall-inspired vignette. Come spring, the color will look great with fresh flowers in pinks and purples.

Fall Tablescape

Buck the trend of pumpkin and chocolate brown this fall and try on a more unique palette. Shades of sage, forest green, gray and cranberry red add warmth and richness to this outdoor fall tablescape.

Spring-Ready Bedroom

Traditional spring colors, like hot pink and lavender, add contrast against sage green throw pillows and window treatments in this bedroom. This complementary color scheme will feel fresh all year long.

Shop This Look

More from:

Color Vs. Color