If you have paid attention to popular paint colors in the 2020s, then you’ll know natural, organic, earthy, sage greens have been HUGE. It’s easy to understand why. Sage is a serene, calm, comforting sort of color from nature that brings the outdoors in without overwhelm. And let’s face it. We are all quite ready to keep overwhelm at bay. How to Use Sage, Olive & Green Paint Colors will provide all sorts of inspiration to help you see how this color can create a beautiful backdrop or accent at home.
How to Use Sage, Olive & Green Paint Colors
Try this Sage Color: BM Cedar Mountains 706
So often, we automatically think of shades of white to paint paneling, applied trim, and doors. However, a gorgeous sage can live like a neutral and add so much interest:
BM Saybrook Sage for House Exteriors
When I see beautiful house exteriors painted sage green, I always wonder why more of us aren’t umping on the bandwagon!
Isn’t that home and paint color gorgeous?
Benjamin Moore’s Popular Sage Green Paints
Even when you decide you’ll paint a room or a piece of furniture an earthy green, it can be tricky to know where to begin.
A smart place to start is to look to those tried and true green paint colors that have become popular:
Pin this graphic above so you’ll have it for future reference! We tend to associate sage green with casual, more rustic interiors, but it can be quite elegant in traditional settings:
Gloucester Sage HC-100 for Exterior Trim
What a beautiful combination on a house with BM Harbour Gray and Gloucester Sage!
Wallpaper Ideas with Soft Calming Green
Here’s another way to bring peaceful green suggestive of nature into your home. You could start with this gorgeous wallpaper and to find a coordinating paint color, collect paint swatches at the paint counter to pull your favorite green from the wallpaper pattern.
The detail of this Scalamandre wallcovering depicts the different shades of green in the pattern:
I’m a huge fan of hydrangea everything, so this area rug in the sage colorway caught my eye:
Another green wallpaper to check out is this Canopy pattern from Rifle Paper Co.
Isn’t that green glorious with the soft browns?
Earthy Green Paint Colors to Try
As you’ll notice, beautiful green paint colors in moss, olive, or sage may be paint colors without “green” in the name.
Benjamin Moore Fieldstone is a Serene Sage
On that list of beautiful earthy greens above is this soothing shade of green that has become quite popular for kitchens and beyond.
It works beautifully with white in Shaker style kitchens or even French-inspired homes like Mary Ann’s former remodeled cottage in Newport:
What a subtle green that can appear grey or even seafoam depending on the lighting:
BM Flora on a Front Door
What a beautiful use of Flora on this luxurious home:
Duxbury Gray is a Lovely Deep Sage
Here’s one of those colors that reads green but doesn’t have green in the paint color name.
Farrow & Ball Green Smoke No. 47
When Charlotte (Vivi et Margot) painted her glorious French farmhouse kitchen cabinets this deep green – we were smitten!
Paint Color: Farrow & Ball Green Smoke
Here’s how F&B describes it:
“A smoky green blue, this colour was popular in interiors during the late 19th century. It has an irresistibly inviting deepness and weathered familiarity when used in exterior situations, while evoking calm and serenity when used inside.”
Deep greens are often used in Northwoods style cabins and lodge style interiors. However, you could use this for a moody effect in a room that has both traditional and modern elements.
Psychologically speaking, green suggests: masculinity, conservatism and wealth.
Just look at how elegant the hue can be on a front door!
Art Work With Pretty Sage
I can imagine this inspiring a whole design scheme for a room:
From the artist: “Bay Laurels are elegant and understated trees, quietly holding that spicy-sweet leaf that flavors so much of our cooking. This bay laurel was painted in gouache on a summer day when the warm light danced on the leaves. The loose brushstrokes are playful and easy like summer afternoons.”
I love the cool tones incorporated in the work above. For warmer tones, consider this beautiful fine art:
From the artist: “This piece is a light-hearted painting of a field of wildflowers. The wild and free movement of the flowers remind the viewer of a warm summer day just on the verge of fall. This traditional landscape painting uses layers of different earthy hues to create texture and depth as the wispy grasses recede into the distance.”
Decor Idea With a Calm Green Patterned Tile
Here’s a tile that would be beautiful in a laundry or mud room:
More Green Paint Colors & Autumn Inspiration
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Pretty Green Aesthetic
I encountered this sophisticated green bench below in Paris in the fall:
This looks so comfy and timeless:
When you’re after a natural green for an unfussy country kitchen, look how this one pops with terracotta in a kitchen!
In another kitchen with Green Smoke, it harmonizes beautifully with the brick floor:
When an Earthy Green is Repeated on Wall & Cabinets
While I don’t often see this repetition in American kitchens, European homeowners and designers seem to embrace it.
It’s also helpful to see brass/gold toned hardware paired with the green.
Love the rusticity of scaffold boards used for her countertop? Watch this video where you’ll see them with the gorgeous green.
Mixing Greens in a Space
Green can certainly read classic and preppy, yes? And isn’t a mix of greens interesting like the peely French bistro chairs in sage with the Tarrytown Green…
In a completely different setting, a deep green mingles with a cool mossy green:
Fall Florals With Touches of Eucalyptus Green
See this story about French greens for ideas for lighter tones.
Yummy Green Fashion
Snagged these jeans and highly recommend Paige:
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Peace to you right where you are.
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