How to Make Sage Green Paint [Step by Step Guide]

Tired of the lifeless, boring interiors? Want something that will make you feel relaxed? Think of a color that reminds you of nature. I hope you are thinking what I’m thinking! Yes, sage green is the color you need. Pssst, do you want to know how to make sage green paint?

It’s very simple and you can make sage green in various ways using different shades of yellow and blue. An easy way would be to use blue and yellow (more than blue) to make grass green, then add gray to make the sage green.

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Good thing is, in this article, I’m going to discuss those other different shades and procedures too. So, grab your paintbrushes and get ready to make a paint shade that will calm your eyes.

Also Read: All You Need to Know while Making Yellow Paint

What Shade of Green Is Sage?

If you are obsessed with green, prepare to add one more shade of green to your favorite list. You will find this soothing color sitting somewhere between greige and mint. The color is grayish green and it has an earthy touch to it, more like the herb sage that has grayish green leaves.

The color looks very trendy and it suits almost everything; interiors, exteriors, upholstery, and even automobiles. Sage green is a relaxing color and it will go with different other colors pretty well. All you need to know is what colors go with the sage green color and you will be on your way to getting your very own, calming sage green shade.

Advantages of Sage Green Paint Color

Probably you’ve already got some ideas about why you should use sage green paints on your house. But let me remind you again:

  • Sage green brings the color of nature to your living spaces, more like inviting nature in.
  • Its earthy tone gives you a feeling of closeness to nature even in a concrete city.
  • It represents a nice, soothing home environment.
  • The tone is very trendy and popular.
  • And finally, because of having a cool tone, it’s a great choice for summer and other warm seasons.

Disadvantages of Sage Green Paint Color

I don’t think you would find anything bad about this lovely color. But you should be careful while choosing a pair for this color. As sage green is soft and a muted green color, you should be picky while choosing its pair.

What Colors Make Sage Green Color Paint?

As I have already talked enough about sage green paint, I guess I’m ready to share the secrets of making the sage color with you! The basic shade of sage green will come from the parent colors yellow and blue. But there are several ways to make sage green by changing the shades of those parent colors here and there.

  • The first method is to mix blue and yellow to make grass green then add gray to make the sage green. It’s that simple.
  • The second method is to use all the primary colors; red, blue, and yellow. Mix them in the proper amount and you will get your desired sage green.
  • For the third method, first, we need to know that sage green is a quaternary color and the colors that compose it are slate and citron. But how does it work? Well, if you mix green and orange you will get a nice citron color. And with a mixture of blue and purple, you will get a pleasant-looking slate color. By mixing these resultant colors you get the desired sage green color. To make the color according to your preference, you may need to adjust the citron and slate colors.

What Colors Go with Sage Green?

Let’s assume you picked sage green for your interiors. But I don’t think just one color will be enough for it. That’s why this section is dedicated to figuring out which paints will be the sidekicks of your sage green so that your walls look trendy while maintaining their relaxing tone. So, let’s take a look:

Muted Red:

First, we need to look at the color wheel and search for a complementary color of sage green. There, we got it, a muted red. A complementary color like the terracotta or Venetian red will be a great match for it.

But don’t worry; you are not being forced to paint your walls with such bold colors. You can leave the walls and focus on red-colored furniture, home decors, floors, and things like these to make pairs with the sage green color.

You may also try orange, purple, or blue to pair with sage green as well because these are close to the opposite of this calming color. So, prepare yourself for some experiments to figure out which one works best for you.


Pink will be another great choice to make pair with your desired sage green color. Cool or warm, doesn’t matter, pink will go nicely with sage green interiors. You can make pairs with pink furniture, upholstery, or beddings. But one thing for sure, with light colors, comes a warning; “test the colors in a small area first” so that you don’t regret it after you finish painting.

Light and Natural Colors:

Natural colors such as white, beige, or gray will pair with sage green. You can give the desired looks to your walls simply by figuring out which combinations work best.

Earthy Colors:

If your first priority is getting a relaxed atmosphere in your room, then you should look for an earthy color to pair with sage green. You can try yellow or brown for this.

Plus, if you are a person who loves elevating decors, yellow will be a good option for you. This bright color will surely bring a nice effect over the muted sage green. As yellow is a bright color, before repainting the whole room, I would recommend you experiment on a small area first.

How to Mix Paint to Make Sage Green?

This one is simple. You can make sage green paint in many ways and with different types of materials like acrylic, watercolor, food color, etc.

For acrylics, you can take the paint in a plate or a bowl and mix it using a stirring stick or a paintbrush. For watercolor, you can take the paint in a paint plate and mix it with the help of your paintbrush. And for food colors, you can use a spoon or a regular egg whisk to mix the paint.

How to Make Sage Green Paint Step By Step

Okay, now that you have the basics of sage green, it’s time to learn how to make sage green with acrylic paint. This time, I’m going to discuss how you can make sage green without using any complex colors like slate or citron, so I’m keeping things simple.

If you are up for a nice sage green color for your acrylic painting, you can achieve it in just a few easy steps. And to get started first you need to collect some supplies.

Things you will need:

  • Yellow, Blue, White, and Black paint
  • A Disposable Plate
  • Stirring stick

Step 1 – Making Green Paint

As we are using simple colors, we are starting with making the green color, just in case you don’t have the green. So, to start with green: take 2 parts of yellow and 1 part of blue in the mixing plate and stir well with the stirring stick. Make sure no streaks remain. You will get a nice shade of green here.

Step 2 – Making Grass Green Paint

As you have the green now, it’s time to add it with yellow to make the grass green color. You can mix the colors on a separate plate or you can mix them on the same plate if there is enough space.

Take the same amount of yellow and green and here you will get a grass green shade as a result.

Step 3 – Making Gray Paint

Now, we need a color that will help us get the sage green shade, and the color is gray. To make gray all you need is just black and white paint. Take 1 part of black and 3 parts of white, mix them well. You will get the gray color as a result.

Step 4 – Making Sage Green Paint

Finally, to make the sage green, add a small amount of gray on the previously made grass green. Don’t just pour everything on the green; keep adding the gray slowly and in a small amount at a time to balance the sage green color. Be patient, and keep adding and stirring, you will get your desired sage green shade after a while.

But what if you mess things up? No worries, if you see the gray is dominating over the green, add some green to bring back the balance. If the opposite happens add some gray to balance things up.

How to Make Sage Green with Primary Colors?

Let’s assume, you don’t want to use any of the colors above, rather you like to stick to primary colors only. And as we know that there are 3 primary colors; red, yellow, and blue. So, is it still possible with three colors only?

The answer is: yes, it’s still possible to make sage green with 3 colors only. Here is how to do it:

  • First, let me clear one thing, you may get a color something like sage green just by mixing yellow and blue. But that is not the color we are looking for.
  • To get the desired sage green start with mixing the blue and yellow paint. The result will be a green color. Now take a very little amount of red and add it to the green. Then mix them well. Watch how the color is changing. Keep adding the red in smaller amounts until you are satisfied with the shade.
  • But be careful, don’t add too much red. You may end up getting a brownish color. However, if you see the sage green is looking more like brown, it’s not the end of the world. Just add some green to bring back the balance. If the opposite happens, adding a little red will be the solution.

How to Make Sage Green with Food Coloring?

Okay, you got your interiors done in sage green all over your house but you still don’t want to stop! You are thinking about making some frosting with sage green? Well, I can still help you with fall sage frostings.

To make the fall harvest sage-green color for your frostings you need to follow the steps below:

  • Take brown, blue, and yellow food colorings. Make sure you choose good quality colors.
  • Prepare your frosting. I’m telling you the process for roughly 2 and a half cups of frostings.
  • Now, take yellow and add 6 drops. Mix well using a spoon.
  • After that, you need to add blue and you will get a green color as a result. Blue should be 2 drops only.
  • Finally, to make the green darker and appear like sage, just a small drop of brown is enough.

There is a warning though: follow the same ratio and make a small test first to see if you are satisfied with the sage green shade or not. If you are not happy, try to change the amount of the colors and adjust the tone. When you are happy with the shade follow the same ratio and make larger batches.

And one more thing to be concerned about: no matter which colored frosting you make, they may gradually get darker looking shades.

How to Make Sage Green with Watercolor?

If your mind is asking for a nice sage green abstract painting in the living room, I will suggest you go with watercolor. It will be easy and will not require a lot of time to finish. So, let’s see how to mix paint to make sage greenusing watercolors.

Making Bright Green: Start with 1 part lemon yellow and 2 part sap green. You will get a nice, bright green after mixing.

Making Gray: To make the gray color, you’ll need to take 1 part lamp black and 3 part Chinese white. Mix them well until you are satisfied with the result.

Making Military Green: Okay, focus on the bright green again. Slowly add the gray to the green, a small amount at a time. Mix them well and keep adding the gray until you get your desired military green.

Making Sage Green:  Take Chinese white first. Now, take the military green and add it to Chinese white. The ratio would be 1:2 respectively. Mix them well and you will achieve a sage green color. If the color looks too bright just add some military green to fix things up. And if it looks darker do the opposite; add the white.

Final Words

Who wouldn’t like to paint their interiors, artworks, or simply food items with a color that will bring them closer to nature? And which color would be more suitable than sage green when it comes to reminding you of a relaxing green forest?

With the help of these methods of making sage green, you can turn lifeless interiors into your very own relaxing home-forest in no time. So, what are you waiting for?  Your interiors are just a few brushes away to get their new sage green look.