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Colors That Match With Sage

Updated April 17, 2017

Sage green, a soft greyish-green colour that derives its name from the herb of the same name, is very popular in the realm of home design but is also a great choice when it comes to fashion and clothing. Since sage is essentially a neutral, it can be paired with a variety of other colours for looks that vary from the sophisticated to the whimsical.

Analogous Matches

The easiest way to match items with sage is to use similar colours. Analogous colours are those that appear next to each other on a colour wheel. A quick look at a classic colour wheel shows that a light yellowish-green (the basis for sage) sits between darker, more bluish-green and yellow. This means that a sage scarf would work well with a yellow jacket, provided that they shared a similar tone (that is, if they contained a similar amount of grey). A sage top could also be worn with a pair of muted bluish-green trousers. This is a safe way to match colours to sage and will result in a slightly monochromatic, cohesive look.

Complementary Matches

Sage doesn't have to be matched with analogous colours. As a neutral, it will work with almost any colour, but a complementary colour will really make the sage pop for a more interesting and eclectic outfit. A complementary colour is one that sits on the opposite side of the colour wheel. In the case of light yellowish-green, the contrasting colour would be in the purple family. Add in the grey of sage and you've got lavender. Thus, a sage skirt would make a pretty match with a light purple blouse. Contrasting colours are especially great for adding in as accents. For example, a lavender flower pin would look fantastic on a sage blazer.

Matches Found in Nature

Since the colour sage derives its name from a plant, it makes sense to think about the way in which that plant appears in nature. Sage grows amongst other plants, in the dirt, with the wood appearing on brown twigs. As a result, the colour sage, as it would appear on an article of clothing, could be paired with a light brown that mimics those twigs. Take a look in your garden and see if you can find sage-coloured leaves. If there are other colours naturally appearing next to those leaves, those colours could successfully be translated into your wardrobe.

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About the Author

As a professional journalist since 1998, Lisbeth Booth has worked as a writer and an editor at several magazines. Her career has focused on music and film criticism but she has also written about lifestyle topics such as parenting and home design. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Calgary.