What Color Goes With A Sage Green Couch?

Ossiana Tepfenhart
by Ossiana Tepfenhart

Sage green is experiencing a major renaissance among interior designers, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a gorgeous color that remains modern yet can also harken back to British cottages. If you got a sage green couch, you need to outfit your living room in a way that complements that elegant color. The question, of course, is what colors you can use to bring out that green…

Sage green is a highly versatile color that has several quality colors that can complement it. Some of the most popular include:

  • Light Greys + Greens
  • Beiges
  • Dusty Pinks
  • Yellows
  • Baby Pink + Rose Gold
  • White
  • Cream + Turquoise

Getting a sage green couch is a move that’s kinda bold, not going to lie. Bold as this pastel color is, it’s still easy to make sure that you get the best color pairings for your room. We’ve got you covered.

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Is Sage Green A Good Color For A Couch? (And What Colors Work With It?)

Absolutely. Sage green is currently in style, and can be worked in a wide range of different styles. Most of the time, people like to do it up in a retro-modern look, a tropical look, or a fully Scandinavian-modern style. What we’re saying is, green is an amazing color for a couch. With sage green, you also don’t get the risk of the couch overwhelming the other decor in your room.

Now that we’ve gone over the choice, let’s take a look at some of the hottest colors you can get for this couch’s hue…

Light Greys + Greens

Here, we see a sage green couch with green walls and a lot of grey accents. Grey is one of the many neutral colors that naturally works with this shade of green. The reason why is simple. Sage green has greyish undertones. It’s a matter of matching it. To enhance the green, this designer paired it with a lot more green. The end result was a monochromatic effect.

Note: If you’re a huge fan of green, going green-on-green for most of your room’s design is actually recommended. It’s dramatic and elegant.


This is the go-to for people who want to have a modern or Scandinavian-style home. Sage green’s natural colors work well with beiges and light woods, primarily because this is what you’d see in nature. It’s an organic look that makes a place feel like a wide-open field, all while keeping things fresh.

Dusty Pink

Admittedly, this is a darker shade of sage than the last two entries. However, the look still stands. Pink is right on the opposite end of the color wheel to sage green. This makes it a top contrasting color, which actually works out well for interior design. In practice, it brings out the green of the sage, all while giving your place a tropical (or maybe Miami) vibe.


Yellows are a particularly bold choice for people who have a sage green couch. Because they are closer to each other on the color wheel, the yellow has a tendency of muting the greens of your couch. This gives your couch a fairly dusty look that brings it closer to grey than green. It’s a trick of the eye that’s tropical and also just a little bit modern.

Baby Pink + Rose Gold

This is a pretty subtle change from the dusty pink above, but it still works fairly well. This designer used baby pink and rose gold to bring out the greens in this couch. The warmth of the pink, which doesn’t have the grey undertones of the other photos, gave this a very feminine and endearing look to it.


White is the universal matching choice. No matter what color you have in your home, white will make a good backdrop. In this scene, we see it looking modern and crisp. White works well with sage green because it draws the focus to the green items in the room. So, it makes your couch a statement item, rather than making it compete with the walls for attention.

Creams + Turquoise

This green couch is just barely sage, but we’re still counting it because it’s still sage. Here, we see a cool color combination that helps add a coastal touch to this room. Turquoise helps mute the color of the green couch, while cream helps add a little bit of warmth. Since sage has a color similar to seafoam, the overall ambiance is one that is similar to oceanic looks.


Is it striking? Yes! Does it look modern? Kind of! In the 1960s and the 1970s, orange was paired with sage green fairly frequently. The pairing became one of the most classic looks of the decade. While its golden age has come and gone, people who want to channel their inner 70s guru can always rely on this dynamic duo.

What Accents Are Good For Decorating A Sage Green Couch?

Having a couch of this color doesn’t really change the type of stuff that works well with it, at least in terms of decorative accents. These items below can add a pop of style to your couch. (Note: We’re going to assume you’re going to have a table nearby for some of these!)

  • Fresh Cut Flowers. Flowers in a decorative vase are always a nice touch, but when you have a green couch, it’s even better. Green naturally reminds us of the great outdoors. More specifically, it reminds us of foliage. Having flowers gives your home a fresh, natural look that subconsciously reminds us of forests and gardens.
  • Throw Pillows. If you take a close look at all of our photos, you’ll notice that throw pillows are in almost all of them, if not all of them. This is by design. Throw pillows are the fastest way to add texture to your couch. They also can be used to add a burst of color, or as a statement item themselves.
  • Throw Blankets. Throw pillows and throw blankets go together like peanut butter and jelly. They often are used to coordinate a look. And, it’s easy to place a throw blanket in an artful way. It’s a simple way to add some style.
  • Nearby Paintings. People often forget that the couch’s backdrop is just as important as the couch itself. If you want to help make your room look fuller, add some paintings behind your couch. Just make sure they’re securely attached to the wall. No one wants to deal with a sudden dropped painting on their head.
  • Colorful Statues. Pastel pink poured concrete statues are starting to make their rounds on the net. If you want to improve your overall vibe and have a little artwork on hand, a modern statue might be the best choice for you.

What Design Mistakes Should You Avoid With A Sage Green Couch?

It’s hard to mess up a sage green couch, but it’s not impossible. There are there main mistakes people need to avoid when they buy a green couch:

  • While sage green is a deeply versatile color, it’s important to realize that it’s still not a neutral. This means that the couch you bought will not always be able to work with every color on the palette. That’s why the number one thing you should avoid doing with your green couch is clashing colors like bright red or pitch black.
  • You also shouldn’t go for hackneyed looks. For example, a sage green “granny home” look will appear outdated unless you live in the British countryside. This is because sage green was very popular in the 1910s, and that means that a lot of older homes tend to use it in a Victorian or “grandma-heavy” look. So, avoid heavy-handed use of stuff like doilies.
  • Avoid buying a green couch on a whim. Green is not like beige or grey. It doesn’t always work with what you already might have in your home. Moreover, the type of couch you buy might not work with the overall architecture of your place. To get the best results, it’s smart to go in with a plan. Where will you put it? How will it be accessorized? Only you can know this stuff.

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Related Questions

What color furniture goes with a sage green couch?

It depends on the look you’re going for. A rich chestnut wash can work if you want to channel old-world hunting lodges or English country homes. However, most people like to stick to light-colored furniture these days. So, having ash or birch-stained wood, light greys, silver, or pale golds might be more modern.A good rule of thumb is that you should avoid furniture that is overly bold or dark. Sage is versatile, but it’s not that versatile. A light touch is often the better choice.

Is sage green warm or cool?

It’s one of the few types of greens that can be considered neutral, since it works well with both warm and cool colors. With that said, the color itself is based on blue and doesn’t have any pink hues. The yellow tones in sage green are also often muted. So the best way to describe this color is “cool to neutral,” depending on how you define it.

What are the best metals to match with sage green?

Almost all metals work well, to be honest. Some of the most popular metals to match with sage green include rose gold, silver, copper, and brass. However, regular gold can also be used with this color to great success. That’s part of the reason why sage green is such a popular decoration color these days—it works with so many different colors!

Ossiana Tepfenhart
Ossiana Tepfenhart

Ossiana Tepfenhart is an expert writer, focusing on interior design and general home tips. Writing is her life, and it's what she does best. Her interests include art and real estate investments.

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