What colors do you mix to get sage green?

Updated July 20, 2017

Create sage green by mixing from scratch, opaque colour mixing, glazing or optical colour mixing. These methods work with house paint, acrylic paint and fine art oil paint. Sage green is a greyish green colour, saturated, tranquil and light in value. Mix colours well to avoid streaking or swirls in your final surface.

Mixing from scratch

Mix six parts white, one part orange, two parts green, one part black and one part blue.Use this method for paintings and smaller projects. Orange sound like an unlikely colour to include, but orange is opposite to green on the colour wheel; therefore, mixing opposite colours lessen the intensity, which is a characteristic of sage green.

Opaque Color Mixing

Combine cool light grey and warm green house paints in a large container. Mix until consistent, using a wood mixing stick. The warm and cool colours are opposites. This lessens the intensity and the blue tones in the grey work with the green to create the calming tones of sage green.


Using a large brush or paint roller, paint a layer of opaque warm grey on your surface (Warm grey has hints of yellows and oranges). After this dries, paint a cool greenish blue glaze over the surface. Glazing is a method of layering transparent paint on top of opaque paint to create a new colour.

You can create glaze by mixing teal with clear gloss, or purchase it already mixed.

Optical colour mixing

Paint small spots, stripes, squares or any other shape, using a large quantity of whites and greens, a medium amount of blues and greys and a small amount of oranges and browns. Optical colour mixing is the placement of small dots or scumbles of colours placed side by side to give the illusion of a new colour. Unless mixing colours for artwork, you need to keep your colours consistent in shape and size to look intentional.

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Lauren Williams began writing professionally in 2011. Along with her how-to articles about art, weddings and interior design, Lauren has written about kitchen decor for "Today's Woman Magazine." Lauren holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a studio emphasis in painting and teacher certification, K-12, from Murray State University.