When we were remodeling our first floor, I began a quest to find the best sage green paint color for our newly open family room, which is adjacent to our kitchen. All-in-all, I think I tested about 12 sage paint colors from Farrow & Ball, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and Behr. I did some research online, and also looks through the brand websites (or in the case of Behr, the paint swatches at Home Depot) and picked out my favorite sage greens from each.
While most of the colors I tried were pretty similar, in that they were all in the more neutral-toned sage territory, they also have very important differences (take that, Home Depot guy). 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, but it wasn’t!
It’s perfect if you’re looking for a medium shade of sage green with neutral undertones. It’s a gorgeous sage tone that’s got warm gray undertones, which makes it almost a neutral and super easy to use.
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.
It would be perfect for a front door, or as a cabinet (or island) color in the kitchen. Behr’s Bonsai Pot is the warmest, lightest sage green on the list
Bonsai Pot is another color that’s supposed to be a close match to Farrow & Ball’s French Gray. It’s similar enough, though, that if you are looking for a color like French Gray that you can pick up at Home Depot, this one would be close.
Sherwin Williams Clary Sage is a popular medium-green with blue-gray undertones.
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 didn’t include it on this list because it’s not really a sage green, but more of a green-tinged warm gray. It looks pretty beige in some lights, and if anything, is more of a tan with olive undertones than a sage.
If you do want to pair sage with another color, I love slate blue. 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: