The Best Sage Green Paint Colors

SW Evergreen Fog | Image via Sherwin WIlliams

There have been a few times in my life when I was on the hunt for the best sage green paint color. The first was when we were remodeling our first floor, and I was looking for a shade of muted green paint for our newly open family room, which is adjacent to our kitchen.

I also evaluated an embarrassingly large number of the sage green paints when we painted our downstairs powder room, and again when I was looking for a color to coordinate with the green wallpaper in our dining room. So large, in fact, that the guy behind the paint counter at Home Depot told me, when I order about 10 shades of sage in slightly varying hues: “good luck choosing a color, they all look the same.”

Currently, I have about 15 sage green paint samples in my garage. That’s not to including the peel-and-stick paint samples from Samplize that I purchased, or the tiny sample pots from Farrow & Ball, which I used on a craft project.

The sage green paint colors I tested in my home

The goods news is, I now consider myself to be an expert on the best sage green paint colors out there. So, here’s a rundown of the sage green paint colors that I liked best during my sampling.

And, in case you’re curious, the hues I ended up choosing for my own rooms were variations of green, including the taupe-y Benjamin Moore Finnie Gray, the deep, yellow-tinged Sherwin Williams Palm Leaf, and the darker sage green Farrow & Ball Treron.

The best sage green paint colors

1. Farrow & Ball French Gray

This is how the color looked on the walls in my laundry room. Left is a Samplize sample, right is one coat of a paint sample.

French Gray is not all that gray. I guess in some lights it could be, but to me, it reads as a pale green with gray undertones. In fact, the Farrow & Ball website actually admits that French Gray is actually green, saying “French Gray is really much more green than grey, but characterfully flits between the two depending on the light and time of day.”

When I started out looking at sage green paints, I was sure this was going to be my winner for my family room, but it wasn’t. It’s a beautiful shade that I loved in our home, but it was actually looked a bit cooler in our room than I was expecting, and I wanted a shade with more warmth. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a medium shade of sage green with neutral undertones.

2. Benjamin Moore October Mist

October Mist was actually Benjamin Moore’s 2022 color of the year. It’s a gorgeous sage tone that’s got warm gray undertones, which makes it almost a neutral and super easy to use. It was my runner-up choice!

In my opinion, this color is a modern take on a true sage, thanks to the neutral undertones. I find that sage greens with too much blue in them remind me of suburban homes in the ’90s and early 2000s, when everyone’s mom paired the color with oak cabinets and cranberry-colored accents. Yikes.

3. Benjamin Moore Cypress Green

Cypress Green was the deepest of all of the colors I tried, so it’s a good choice if you’re looking for a sage green that borders on a pale olive tone. I loved this color. With an LRV of 34.4, it’s a mid-tone paint colors that would be perfect for a front door, or as a cabinet (or island) color in the kitchen.

4. Sherwin Williams Halcyon Green

Image via Room For Tuesday

Sherwin Williams Halycon Green is a rich green shade with blue and gray undertones. It’s incredibly soothing and sophisticated, which, to me, makes it the perfect choice for a bedroom. Depending on the light, it can read like a blue, a gray, or a green – in my home it was more of a blue – so be sure to test this one out first!

5. Sherwin Williams Clary Sage

SW Clary Sage in a kitchen, via This Old House

Sherwin Williams Clary Sage is a popular medium-green with blue-gray undertones. Depending on the lighting, it can come off as a more gray green, or a taupe-ish green. I love how it looks on the cabinets in the kitchen, above!

6. Benjamin Moore Cheyenne Green

From top: Benjamin Moore Rolling Hills, F&B French Gray, and Benjamin Moore Cheyenne Green

Cheyenne Green is a gray-toned sage green that reads more neutral than some of the other tones on this list. You can see in the photo above, that I’ve paired the swatch against Benjamin Moore Rolling Hills (top) and F&B French Gray (middle).

I’ve seen Cheyenne Green touted as a dupe of Farrow & Ball French Gray, but as you can see above, the two are noticeable different, with Cheyenne Green being the more neutral of the two.

7. Farrow & Ball Blue Gray

Image via Farrow & Ball

Blue Gray isn’t really blue or gray at all. They should call it Blue-Gray Green, because it’s a blue-ish toned shade of sage green. It’s less gray then French Gray, and more blue, so the color feels a little clearer and brighter, too. It’s a beautiful color, but I passed on it because I was choosing something for a room that gets a lot of natural light, so the color felt a little too, well, colorful, and I wanted something with more neutral tones.

8. Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog

Image via Sherwin Williams

Evergreen Fog was Sherwin Williams Color of the Year in 2022, and it’s not hard to see why this one stands out above the rest. It’s a beautiful mid-tone gray-green color with the sophistication and versatility of a neutral. It’s more of a cool-toned blue-green, which, to me, makes it a lovely pick for a bedroom or bathroom.

9. Benjamin Moore Great Barrington Green

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If you’re looking for a deeper shade of sage green, try Benjamin Moore’s Great Barrington Green. According to BM, it’s a “deep shade of mossy green,” but it has enough of a chalky, neutral tone that it reads to me like a deep shade of sage. I absolutely love Great Barrington Green as an exterior color.

10. Farrow & Ball Treron

F&B Treron in my dining room

Treron is the color I ended up using in my dining room. It’s another shade of deep sage green, which makes it feel moody and sophisticated. I used the color in a room that gets cool-toned, North-facing light, which makes it feel even darker. However, in a brighter, south-facing space, the shade would appear brighter and more green.

What color works best with sage green?

Sage green is a muted, medium-toned green, which means it’s pretty versatile. Personally, though, I love it with a few particular color combinations, and I think it works best as the colorful element in a neutral color palette.

Cream or Ivory

Sage green pairs beautifully with creamy white tones. I prefer it with ivory tones, because off whites (as opposed to stark whites) create less contrast with sage, and add to the soothing vibe the color puts out. The color combo feels soothing and inviting. I especially love this color combo paired with darker wood tones.

Slate blue

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If you do want to pair sage with another color, I love slate blue. To me, slate blue is basically the sage of blues so they complement each other well.

Is sage green a popular paint color this year?

Sage green is on of the most popular paint colors this year, and has been for a few years running. The sage green paint craze started around 2019, when Behr dubbed a sage green shade called “Back to Nature” as it’s color of the year for 2020. The choice was a reaction to trends that were happening in design – especially a turn away from rooms that were cool-toned grays, and towards rooms that felt warm and earthy.

Since then, almost every other major paint brand has named a sage green as its color of the year, and for 2022, basically every big paint company selected a shade of sage as it’s top trending hue, including:

Benjamin Moore: October Mist

Sherwin Williams: Evergreen Fog

PPG: Olive Sprig

Glidden: Guacamole