Sage Wisdom by Benjamin Moore isn’t the flashiest or most popular sage green paint color, but could it be the best? This gray green is perfectly mid-toned, perfectly neutral, and might just be perfectly YOU!
Let’s take a look at coordinating colors for Sage Wisdom, peek into some real homes, and grab some dupes!
What Color is Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom (CSP-775)
Sage Wisdom is a mid toned gray green paint color with just a whiff more color than most:
LRV and RBG of Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom
The LRV of Sage Wisdom is 43.98, so we’ll round up to 44 for simplicity.
What does that mean?
The LRV of a color indicates on a scale of 0 – 100 how much light a color reflects (or doesn’t reflect). True black has an LRV of 0 and pure white has an LRV of 100.
In the paint world, we are working in a range of about 3 – 93 because no paint color is purely black or completely white.
At 44, Sage Wisdom absorbs a little bit more light than it reflects, but just barely. This makes it a mid-toned color. For perspective, most whole home neutrals have LRVs in the 45 to 65 range.
The RGB of Sage Wisdom is approximately: Red 170, Green 182, and Blue 166.
The hex value for Sage Wisdom is #AAB6A6. (Benjamin Moore does not provide them, but I find Converting Colors to be very accurate.)
What Are the Undertones of Sage Wisdom?
In terms of the color wheel, Sage Wisdom is a very neutral green. It sits almost perfectly between yellow and blue. The undertones of Sage Wisdom can vary from cool and slightly minty, to a warmer spring green.
Is Sage Wisdom Warm or Cool
I would definitely label Sage Wisdom as neutral, because it isn’t predictably warm or cool. It has elements of both. This is really a “test it and see” color.
The Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom Color Strip
Here is the “official” Sage Wisdom color strip from Benjamin Moore:
You might notice from the color numbers that they seem to have cobbled this together, rather than releasing a light to dark run of color.
- Silver Crest (1583) – LRV 70.25
- Sage Tint (458) – LRV 57.85
- Sage Wisdom (CSP-775) – LRV 43.98
- Grenadier Pond (698) – LRV 34.48
- Summer’s Day (CSP-780) – LRV 32.32
- Cedar Path (454) – LRV 22.95
- Willow Grove (636) – LRV 20.2
I don’t personally think it makes sense to have both Grenadier Pond and Summer’s Day since the LRV’s are so similar, and same goes for Cedar Path/Willow Grove. Respectfully, here is my version:
I added In the Garden (CSP-805) and Chimichurri (CSP-810) to get us a little more variety. I kept Summer’s Day and Cedar Path because those were the closest on the color wheel to Sage Wisdom.
Just a few ideas if you like using lighter and darker shades of a color!
Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom Color Palette
Let’s take a look at Sage Wisdom in a coordinating color palette:
I kept things pretty neutral with this one, because that’s my personal preference. If you are feeling bold, you could easily swap any one of these for a terracotta color.
Coordinating Colors to Use With Sage Wisdom
Here are all of the colors from this palette, swatched with Sage Wisdom:
Sage Wisdom and Soot
Benjamin Moore Soot is a saturated deep blue-charcoal, and it would look amazing with the sage green of Sage Wisdom.
If you’re into the sage and deep blue combo, you might also like Benjamin Moore Hale Navy (because who doesn’t?).
Sage Wisdom with Sherwin Williams Jogging Path
Sherwin Williams Jogging Path is a nice sandy-neutral to pair with Sage Wisdom, if you aren’t wanting to go all-green ere’thing:
You could also go with Revere Pewter, which is Benjamin Moore’s neutral hero.
Sage Wisdom and White Dove
I really had to contemplate what white I would use with Sage Wisdom. I think the objective “best” choice would have been Simply White, but for me, I like the complementary undertone of Benjamin Moore White Dove with Sage Wisdom.
Sage Wisdom and Sherwin Williams Solstice
Sherwin Williams Solstice is an underrated neutral that splits the difference between White Dove and Jogging Path.
Complementary Color for Sage Wisdom
The official complementary color for Sage Wisdom would be a mid-toned purple color. For something a little easier to use, you could either go with Soot (not purple, but purple adjacent?), or the charcoal purple of Sherwin Williams Perle Noir.
Sage Wisdom and Sherwin Williams Perle Noir
Perle Noir is the most use-able purple that I’ve been acquainted with. It’s deep charcoal color has a lot more widespread appeal than other purple paint colors.
What Trim Colors Go With Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom?
As I said when we talked coordinating colors, choosing a white took me a minute with Sage Wisdom. I really do think you can use any white or even off-white with this color, but here are my top picks:
White Paint that Goes with Sage Wisdom
Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace
Chantilly Lace is a soft-but-undertoneless white from Benjamin Moore. It reads like a true white but never like a cool blue white. Technically this color is a green-based white, so often it is my top choice with green wall colors like Sage Wisdom.
Benjamin Moore Simply White
Simply White is the brightest white that you can get from Benjamin Moore with creamy undertones that isn’t yellow. It also looks beautiful with Sage Wisdom, so this is just a personal preference thing.
Benjamin Moore White Dove
White Dove was my top pick for Sage Wisdom, just going off of instincts and what I know it to look like.
Sherwin Williams White Flour
I don’t often recommend White Flour for trim, because it is quite “bright” and has a touch more undertone than most trim whites. That being said, I think the creamy tone in this one might spice things up a bit with Sage Wisdom.
Benjamin Moore Pink Damask is a dupe for White Flour, if you want to stick to one store.
Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom for Your Home’s Interior
Today we will just have to use our imaginations a little bit. I have a couple of genuine Sage Wisdom photos, and a few that are close, just to give you a better all-around idea of how this color will look.
Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom in a Bedroom
In this bedroom, Molly (@mollyforthewin) used the real deal Sage Wisdom on the walls.
This first photo is the most typical look that Sage Wisdom has:
In different lighting, Sage Wisdom appears quite a bit darker, and with a warmer undertone:
Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom on Kitchen Cabinets
To show how Sage Wisdom will look on cabinets, I settled on Benjamin Moore Carolina Gull as the next best thing.
Here is a comparison of the two, along with a color adjusted photo of cabinets.
These cabinets are actually Carolina Gull, which is darker, a touch warmer, and a lot less saturated than Sage Wisdom. I adjusted the color accordingly so that it looks more accurate to Sage Wisdom.
Here are a couple more Carolina Gull cabinets that I have brightened up, saturated, and cooled down just a touch:
You can tell that the original photo was warmer to begin with on this one.
Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom on an Exterior
Moving outdoors, I used Carolina Gull again to illustrate the look of Sage Wisdom:
I stuck with the same adjustments as with the inside photos, just to be consistent.
This last photo turned out very warm, but it was to begin with as well. I think there is direct sunlight on this exterior.
I know these aren’t perfect, but hopefully it helped you picture the color in real life. To see the originals of all these photos, you can find them in my Carolina Gull post.
Sage Wisdom Compared to Other Gray Green Paint Colors
Speaking of colors that are similar to Sage Wisdom, here are some other sage paint colors that you might want to consider:
Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom vs October Mist
October Mist is a tiny bit lighter, a touch less gray, and a heap warmer than Sage Wisdom.
I do think these colors look more similar in the flesh than they do on paper. Here is October Mist on a dresser:
Not quite the fall straw color you may have been picturing!
Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom vs Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog
Evergreen Fog by Sherwin Williams is darker, warmer, and more gray than Sage Wisdom.
Here is this color in real life:
Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom vs Saybrook Sage
Saybrook Sage is another Benjamin Moore sage color that is a lot warmer than Sage Wisdom. It is also a tiny bit less gray.
Here is Saybrook Sage on cabinets:
If you picture these with a cooler undertone, they actually give you a pretty good idea about Sage Wisdom as well.
Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom vs Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay
I wanted to compare Oyster Bay by Sherwin Williams and Sage Wisdom because I feel like they read pretty similar in real life. On paper, Oyster Bay is darker, more gray, and a whiff warmer than Sage Wisdom:
Here is a photo of Oyster Bay in a real home:
Dupes for Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom
Want to get the look in another color line? I’ve got all the best dupes from other brands:
Sherwin Williams Sage Wisdom Equivalent
We’ve already gone over some of Sherwin Williams popular sage colors compared to Sage Wisdom, but the closest color match is the shade Forever Green.
Sherwin Williams Forever Green (SW 9653)
Forever Green is a hair lighter and a hair more saturated than Sage Wisdom.
Valspar (Lowe’s) Equivalent to Sage Wisdom
Over at Lowe’s, the best color match for Sage Wisdom is the unfortunately named color: Bog Fog.
Valspar Bog Fog (8003-4D)
Bog Fog is cooler and lighter than Sage Wisdom, so it does read a bit more minty.
Sage Wisdom Behr Equivalent (Home Depot)
Over at Home Depot there were a few shades similar to Sage Wisdom, but in the end the closest match is Green Balsam.
Behr Green Balsam (PPU11-15)
Green Balsam is a little bit darker and a touch more gray than Sage Wisdom.
Here are all of the dupes again:
Color Inspiration Similar to Sage Wisdom
I hope you found your perfect match in Sage Wisdom! Thank you so much for reading to the end. This really helps my blog!
Not the one? don’t fret! I have lots of similar colors to help narrow things down: