Sage Green Kitchen — How to Make it Right
If you want a sage green kitchen — there are two news for you: first, you have a taste. And second, just choosing the right color out of more than 10 million options in the world is not really enough to make it right.
Why Choose a Sage Green Kitchen
Sage Green is a color of choice for people who value comfort, calmness, and despise abrupt emotional bursts in their interior. It’s a soothing color, the one that will make your kitchen cozy and chill. It’s no surprise that according to Benjamin Moore, one of the oldest and the most famous painting companies, it’s the color of the year for 2022.
The problem is — you can’t make ALL your kitchen sage green. It’s a pastel color, and it would look… well, weird. So even if you choose a sage green kitchen — you have to choose other colors as well, spread them evenly and naturally around the kitchen, and make it look satisfying.
What Colors Go with Sage Green?
Sage green, aka gray-green, is pretty universal, and at the same time — dangerous. It opens up in synergy with both other pastel colors and contrasting colors as well. Even though interior design knows no boundaries and you may have your own ideas in mind — we suggest these options as best colors to accompany your sage green kitchen:
Sage Green and Pastel Pink (from Crepe and Baby Pink to Rose Quartz)
Pink goes well with gray-greens (like sage green) and looks amazing in the kitchen. It adds brightness where it’s needed most, while at the same time maintaining cozy appeal.
Sage Green & Gold (in all its variations)
This combination creates an elegant and sophisticated look that we all dream of having in our homes. It is warm, luxurious and inviting.
Sage Green & Ochre (to make it look classic)
Oochre is always relevant and conveys a strong sense of home. It’s pretty comfy, as well as being universally appreciated.
Sage Green & Purple (from English Violet to Thistle)
Purple is associated with royalty, grandeur and extravagance. It goes very well with sage green, being not too bright and not too dull.
Sage Green & White (because you can’t miss with white)
They say that white goes on everything. We couldn’t agree more. It’s always appropriate and in vogue, both in the kitchen and elsewhere, so this combination is a must.
Now, you can use these combinations to your taste, or you can use them wisely: all combinations work better in different lighting.
For a Dark Kitchen: use sage green and white. A dark kitchen is usually associated with dirty and worn-out walls — and they can easily be changed by painting them perhaps with a very light sage green.
For a well-lit Kitchen: use purple and white. Light rooms have lots of possibilities, especially when it comes to decorating. A bright purple will bring up the brightness of your kitchen, while still maintaining its elegance and sophistication.
For a cramped kitchen: choose ochre and white. Ochre strikes a balance between being classy and warm, and it will not overpower the room with its vibrancy.
Using a combination of different colors, you can create some cool optical illusions — for example, painting a wall in sage green hue with just a touch of pink will give the impression of an overall pastel shade.
Can You Use Two Tones of Green in One Kitchen?
A question frequently asked by the members of our community is — can you use two different shades of sage green in one kitchen?
Here’s what we think: Yes. You definitely can!
You can choose, for example, a brighter shade for the walls and a darker one as an accent color. Or you can paint your kitchen with two shades of gray depending on your liking.
How to Combine Two Tones of Green the Right Way
First of all, choose your main color. It should be darker than the second, contrasting color. If you’re going for two shades of green — choose a darker one for the walls and a lighter one as an accent color:
- Darker green on the walls, with brighter green cabinets;
- Two shades of sage green on different walls, depending on the light (note that painting different walls in different colors may create unwanted optical illusions, like making the kitchen look smaller than it is, so you have to be careful with it);
- Darker gray on the walls, with lighter sage green cabinets (or vice-versa).
These combinations can create a quiet and relaxing atmosphere in your kitchen — ideal for morning coffees or afternoon tea.
Sage Green Kitchen Furniture — is it a Good Idea?
In short — yes, it is! But it’s not that simple. Sage green’s bright color and its furniture-friendly nature does not make it a suitable color for everything. For example, a sage green kitchen table is way less appropriate in the majority of modern kitchens than, say, sage green cabinets.
Sage Green Cabinets
Cabinets can be painted in any shade of green you like, whether it’s sage green, ochre or violet. Also, you may choose any type of cabinet — wooden or built-in.
When looking for the perfect shade of sage green, keep in mind that not everything goes well with this color. Make sure that your new cabinets go with other colors already present in the kitchen (such as floors and walls).
Sage Green Countertops
Countertops can be painted in any shade of green you like, whether it’s sage green, ochre or violet. Also, you may choose any type of countertop — wooden or built-in. If you decide to go for a darker shade of blue, you can always use dark brown countertops as an accent and combine it with white cabinets.
Sage Green Appliances (if you find any)
There are two kinds of appliances: those that won’t get in your way and those that will.
Those which won’t get in your way… grant them the freedom to be colorful (this is true for coffee machines, juicers, mixers and most other kitchen appliances). Those which will get in your way… maybe should be more subdued.
As for color combinations, keep in mind that every door and drawer handle can be painted a different color. While we seriously recommend staying away from pink accent details, even if it’s the most subtle and pastel pink you can find (sorry, it’s a kitchen you’ll have to use daily, not a 1950s furniture ad from the space age), gold details on sage green furniture can help you make it look more expensive. Unless, of course, you have too much gold.
The Final Advice On Your Sage Green Kitchen
Sage green is a win-win color in every way that counts, but you should be careful with it. Yes, it’s trendy. Yes, it’s subtle and comfy. Yes, it’s stylish, according to all possible modern standards. Is it a reason to save on a professional designer and just paint EVERYTHING in sage green? Nope, no way. As the famous saying goes, “Poison and medicine are often the same thing, given in different proportions”. With colors, it works exactly the same way.