The Wise Color Choice Found in Sage

The Wise Color Choice Found in Sage

Sage is the anything but a dull alternate neutral color. It’s highly versatile in the world of design and a growing favorite among homeowners and professional designers. A plant. An herb. A color fantastic. 

It has been riding high on every popularity list for years. If you’re like me, I was hesitant to jump too quickly on what I thought could be a flash in the pan color choice. Anyone remember the 1960’s avocado green? Yes, it still haunts American homes everywhere!  Fortunately, sage appears to be here to stay, and any comparisons to its ugly step-cousin were unfounded.

I’ve had to live in a world of avocado green and harvest gold, and it wasn’t pleasant. It was indeed an assault to my overly sensitive decorative senses. My grandparents had it. Some of my first apartments had it. And yes, the very first home I purchased carried the same infection. It was an incurable symptom of a ’60s and early ’70s plague. 

Truthfully, there has never been any scientific explanation as to why those were rational choices even during the questionable ’60s. So, with that said, I’m comfortable with my assessment. Only a plague affecting all the reasoning centers of the brain could have contributed. What else could result in color blindness and a complete loss of good taste? Enough of that! Clearly, you know where I stand on avocado green and harvest gold.


I’m a huge fan of neutrals so it really isn’t a big surprise that I would have an affinity for sage green. I love being surrounded by natural colors and soft earth tones. They are relaxing and comforting and generally quite timeless design choices as well. 

Sage green is an excellent option for those that don’t share my love of basic neutrals such as whites, greys, tan, or beige. It plays well with other colors and works fantastic with a variety of wood, and most metal, ceramic and linen textures. Its versatility is just one of the factors that make it a wise color choice.

Living room

My personal experience with sage was when it started showing up in living rooms. Later, I saw it migrate to bedrooms and kitchens in its more soft and warm incarnations. 


Early on, a darker shade of today’s sage began to replace the rich burgundies and deep greens that permeated living rooms in many homes and office spaces.  With sage, one could retain a sense of stateliness and formality while giving the area a more open feel. 

As the lighter sage colors began to replace the earlier darker ones, heavy opaque curtains were thrown open to let the light shine in. Trends moved toward the open floor plans and roomy spaces with ample light. All were playing to the positive virtues of sage. 


The gradual lightening to today’s more popular sage tones has integrated itself into all rooms and spaces. 

It’s calming emotional impact make sage a logical choice in the bedroom. As a wall cover, it is splendid. Conversely, as an accent color in the room’s other accessories also make for a sublime blend. 


Textured sage blankets and pillows simply whisper comfort and contentment. Incorporating sage into art and wall décor or floor coverings is an option to consider if bringing a tranquil and peaceful mood to your sacred place is the goal. 


The promise of restful sleep is nearly yours. Combining sage with other soothing color choices, dim lights, proper ventilation, and a comfortable mattress is going to make your bedroom the perfect retreat.


Arguably, sage is experiencing its most significant current popularity in the kitchen.

Sage walls, or conversely, sage cabinetry in various darks and lights are both contemporary and sophisticated options. Sage has even usurped the ever-popular white version of subway tile in some kitchens in dramatic fashion. 

Fortunately, or unfortunately, as the case may be, I tend to play it safe with color choices when selecting expensive items such as kitchen cabinetry. You might opt to stick with the white or off-white or some type of wood textured ones if you’re similarly cautious. Don’t fret, your dreams of a sage kitchen don’t require sage cabinetry. 


Personally, I’m partial to white kitchens. A pristine-white kitchen is timeless and reminds me of family celebrations and simple times. As a bonus, they are perfect for incorporating virtually any accent color, and most certainly sage! An accent wall or two in sage is relatively inexpensive to add. Infusing your kitchen with sage accessories works magic if you are on a budget or like switching up colors frequently.

My first choice in color kitchen accessories is towels. I love thickly textured decorative chef, dish, and tea towels. You’ll note, I said, “decorative.” I have the towels I actually use and the ones that are only for décor. Yes, I keep them preserved in their good-as-new condition, and I will yell at the first person that reaches for one. Same goes for my bath towels. Yep! I’m one of those people, but I digress.

For me, I think the sage color works best when used on a soft texture. Sage and “things so soft” such as kitchen towels are perfect compliments to one another. I can feel their softness just by looking at them. Does that make sense? Literally, the sight of a sage linen blanket or thick-cotton sage towel induces an authentic tactile experience for me. 


Additional accessories for your sage kitchen could be anything from window treatments to dishes on display. Artwork, knick-knacks, canisters, or flower/herb pots are sensible options. Whatever your budget, you have lots of options for having your dream sage space.

Electric kitchen gadgets are available in sage, but I question if the color is worth the additional cost when a standard color appliance would work just fine. You decide.

Other spaces

You’ve probably surmised that regardless of your interior design style or space that sage can effectively work as a primary color choice.

Gender-neutral nurseries are great rooms to incorporate sage. Aside from the lack of gender association, the emotional and psychological color effects of sage are perfect for a newborn’s space.

The home office is another excellent location to utilize our star color. It brings a calming influence to the workspace while maintaining a sense of professionalism and creativity. 


Green has become a trendy home exterior color, but not every green is created equal. The muted, understated sage wins the exterior home color challenge for me. Frankly, it’s the only version of green I would ever paint the outside of my home. My opinions have been known to change, but that’s where I’m at now regarding green houses.

The front door of your home might be a place you would like to experiment with sage. Building on that thought, if you have a front porch, consider adding some sage to compliment your new sage door. 


Containers and sage cushions or chairs can change the entire appearance of the front of your home. The light and airy feeling of sage simply make for a comfortable, appealing, and pleasing porch. Add lemonade, and you’re all set for summer! 

I’ve seen some beautiful farmhouses and southern homes that have utilized sage under their porch ceiling to significant effect. Conversely, but not in combination with the ceiling, consider painting the porch flooring a hue of sage.   

If you wanted to paint both the ceiling and flooring sage, use caution and vary the shades noticeably. A lighter sage on the ceiling and a darker shade of sage on the floor. Remember, balance in all decorating choices. Too much of anything usually leads to a “that sucks” response. So not the look we’re going for here!


So, are you a fan of the versatile sage yet? You’ve probably noted that in many newer office settings, hospitals, and other professional settings, that sage reigns supreme for many of the reasons we’ve mentioned. Color psychology is playing a more prominent role in the home and professional design circles.

I’ll reiterate my personal preferences in working with sage to finish us out. I find that when it is thoughtfully and consciously combined with other neutrals and earth-tones, it will work at its best. When combined with whites and beiges, warm greys and wood or soft textures, you can hardly go wrong.  It’s for these reasons I say that sage green is the wise color choice.

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