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Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage is Muted Perfection (See it in Real Homes! Plus Dupes) SW 6164

    If you are looking for a sage green, but you hate anything that leans the least bit cool or minty, you will love the warm harvest green of Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage.

    Swatch of Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage beside a fireplace painted in the same

    Let’s take a look at Svelte Sage in a coordinating color palette, see it in real homes, go over trim choices, and compare with similar colors!

    What Color is Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage (SW 6164)?

    Svelte Sage is a very warm-leaning muted sage green. From the color chip, you might not realize it’s a green at all!

    A bundle of sage smokes over a paint dot of Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage

    LRV and RBG of Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage

    The LRV of Svelte Sage is 41.

    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.

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage plotted at 41 on an LRV chart from 0 (pitch black) to 100 (pure white) over a background of sage and other herbs with a cup of tea

    At 41, Svelte Sage is a mid-toned paint color. It absorbs a little bit more light than it reflects, but not a whole lot.

    The RGB of Svelte Sage is Red 178, Green 172, Blue 150.

    The hex value provided by Sherwin Williams for Svelte Sage is #b2ac96.

    What Are the Undertones of Svelte Sage?

    Svelte Sage is about as yellow as it can get and still be a sage green. It has major warm beigey undertones.

    The hex chart for Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage over a paint dot of the color. Background is sage leaves in and around a wooden spoon.

    Is Svelte Sage Warm or Cool?

    Svelte Sage is a neutral to warm paint color. Greens (particularly muted ones) tend to act as neutrals, but Svelte Sage leans very warm.

    When we get to real homes I will point out where it looks warmest and coolest.

    Svelte Sage in the Sherwin Williams Color Strip

    This color strip has some great muted greens, ranging from light beige-greens to deep olive.

    Sage leaves spill out of a mason jar beside the color strip for Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage. Colors from light to dark are Ancient Marble, Grasslands, Svelte Sage, At Ease Soldier, Connected Gray, Eclipse, and Garden Gate

    Here are the rest of the shades from this collection:

    • Ancient Marble (SW 6162)
    • Grassland (SW 6163)
    • Svelte Sage (SW 6164)
    • At Ease Soldier (SW 9127)
    • Connected Gray (SW 6165)
    • Eclipse (SW 6166)
    • Garden Gate (SW 6167)

    Lighter Version of Svelte Sage

    One shade lighter than Svelte Sage is the color Grasslands. It has an LRV of 50, so it’s not loads lighter.

    Should you use Grasslands or Svelte Sage?

    Personally I would go with Svelte Sage over Grasslands, if only because we know for sure what it looks like! I wasn’t able to find anybody who has actually used Grasslands.

    I suspect that Grasslands reads more like a beige with a green undertone, rather than a sage with warm yellow undertones. Svelte Sage already toes that line when paired with darker cooler colors, so I would expect a lighter color to lean even more that way.

    If you want a significantly lighter gray green that still has a slightly warm undertone, you might like Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage in a Color Palette

    Here is a wam and cozy color palette to help you use Svelte Sage in your home:

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage Color Palette features Greek VIlla, Shoji White, Urbane Bronze, and Tricorn Black, all on paint lids below a paint lid of Svelte Sage, over a background of an oil painting.

    Coordinating Colors for Svelte Sage

    Svelte Sage and Urbane Bronze

    Svelte Sage loves to be paired with other warm colors! That is, if you want it to look nice and sagey.

    Paint dot of Svelte Sage beside a paint dot of coordinating color Urbane Bronze

    Urbane Bronze is probably my favorite deep brown. (It’s a short list, because I’m pretty “meh” about browns, but this one is lovely!) Urbane Bronze is quite muted like Svelte Sage, so these two would look beautiful together.

    Svelte Sage and Greek Villa

    Greek Villa is nice warm white that has a slight beige undertone despite technically being a true white. It should make Svelte Sage look about as dark and cool as possible.

    Paint dot of Svelte Sage beside a paint dot of coordinating color Greek Villa

    Svelte Sage and Shoji White

    I added the creamy off-white of Shoji White because we have a real example of this combo in the homes below, and it’s pretty perfect!

    Paint dot of Svelte Sage beside a paint dot of coordinating color Shoji White

    Svelte Sage and Tricorn Black

    Clearly the true black of SW Tricorn Black isn’t a warm color, but there’s always a place for a crisp black in a color palette!

    Paint dot of Svelte Sage beside a paint dot of coordinating color Tricorn Black

    Complementary Color for SW Svelte Sage

    The “official” complement for any color, is the shade directly across the color wheel. Svelte Sage is so yellow, that this is actually a purpley-blue.

    The Benjamin Moore 2024 Color of the Year Blue Nova is actually a great match:

    Paint dot of Svelte Sage beside a paint dot of complementary color Blue Nova

    I wasn’t too sure about pairing these colors together, but now that I see them side by side, I do think it works.

    What Trim Colors Go With Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage?

    Here is an example of how some popular Sherwin Williams trim colors will look with Svelte Sage on the wall:

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage background with various trim whites including High Reflective White, Alabaster, Greek Villa, and Shoji White

    White Paint that Goes with Svelte Sage

    To keep Svelte Sage looking it’s warmest and darkest, try a clean white like SW High Reflective White.

    All the rest of these whites are warm, because that would be my personal choice, in order to keep Svelte Sage looking, well…sage.

    For a super soft contrast between your walls and trim, try the darker off-white of Shoji White.

    Greek Villa and Alabaster are both creamy whites that are still actual white paint colors. Go with Alabaster for the creamier of the two, and Greek Villa for a slightly lighter and more neutral white.

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage for Your Home’s Interior

    Let’s get into the fun stuff and see Svelte Sage in real homes!

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage in the Living Room

    First things first, let’s take a look at Svelte Sage in the living room, on Laura’s (@theclassiccottage) fireplace wall:

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage on board and batten on a fireplace wall decorated for Christmas
    Photo Credit: @theclassiccottage

    Here we see the color looking pretty “typical,” I would say. It’s a muted sage with a definite warm, almost beige, undertone.

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage on board and batten on a fireplace wall in a white living room with floor to ceiling pink curtains and plush white chairs
    Photo Credit: @theclassiccottage

    I totally love this space! Svelte Sage looks equally good with the pink, white, and gold decor elements.

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage on a fireplace wall in a living room with a Christmas tree and white decor
    Photo Credit: @theclassiccottage

    I could show you Laura’s fireplace all day! She really takes the best photos, and styles her space perfectly.

    Next we have Svelte Sage on a wood beadboard accent wall:

    White walls with Svelte Sage beadboard on the lower half
    Photo Credit: @badgerhouseinteriors

    In this space by Meagen of @badgerhouseinteriors, Svelte Sage looks a touch darker because the natural light is lower.

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage in the Laundry Room

    I’m not sure which project came first, but Meagan really fell in love with this color, and used it on several projects. The next one is this little laundry room closet:

    Svelte Sage on walls and shelves above a gary washer and dryer set in a small laundry room
    Photo Credit: @badgerhouseinteriors

    With Svelte Sage tucked away like this, it looks the darkest:

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage inside a laundry room and on shelves
    Photo Credit: @badgerhouseinteriors

    Here is a close up for good measure:

    Photo Credit: @badgerhouseinteriors

    If you like the color how it looks in this photo, you might like a darker warm sage, like Vintage Vogue.

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage in the Bedroom

    I only have one example of Svelte Sage at work in a bedroom, but it’s a good one!

    Shoji White with Svelte Sage on bedroom wall
    Photo credit: @highlohome

    I love how the color carries along at 5/8, even over the door and trim! The white here is the muted off white of Sherwin Williams Shoji White. (Which we talked about earlier with the color palette and trim.)

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage in a Bathroom

    The light in this bathroom by Cerissa of @industriousinteriors is super bright, so you would be forgiven for not knowing it was sage!

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage on a wall in a powder room beside a lit mirror and white panelled feature wall
    Photo Credit: @industriousinteriors

    In this particular photo, Svelte Sage certainly looks as close to beige as it ever does.

    Svelte Sage in a Home Office

    Back at Meagan’s, Svelte Sage makes an appearance on this office feature wall:

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage on a wood feature wall behind a desk in an office
    Photo Credit: @badgerhouseinteriors

    On the board and batten here, Svelte Sage looks about as cool (more minty) as it ever does.

    SW Svelte Sage on Kitchen Cabinets

    Over at @highland.haven, Svelte Sage takes us through the full range of looks on these cabinets:

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage on cabinets with brick herringbone floors
    Photo Credit: @highland.haven

    The upper cabinets catch more of the light, and tend to look a little lighter and warmer than the lowers do here.

    In this next photo, they almost look beige.

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage Cabinets with Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice Walls
    Photo Credit: @highland.haven

    The lower (and lower light) cabinets tend to stay looking more green.

    If you are super observant, you may have noticed that this is actually a laundry room, but I thought it was a kitchen, so that’s what matters.

    Photo Credit: @highland.haven

    …Actually what matters is that this room is serving a whole lotta cabinets, so it’s more applicable to the average person as kitchen inspo.

    Meagan also used Svelte Sage on the lower cabinets in this kitchen project, and kept the uppers soft and creamy using Benjamin Moore Simply White.

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage on lower cabinets and the creamy white of Simply White on the upper cabinets
    Photo Credit: @badgerhouseinteriors

    In the first picture, Svelte Sage looks more yellow, but in the next one it looks more sage:

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage on lower cabinets and a kitchen island with Benjamin Moore Simply White on the upper cabinets
    Photo Credit: @badgerhouseinteriors

    I love the simplicity of this color scheme! White + Sage + Natural wood tones is a great way to go.

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage on lower cabinets and the creamy white of Simply White on the upper cabinets
    Photo Credit: @badgerhouseinteriors

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage on an Exterior

    You know how I hate to come up empty handed, so today we are going to look at some exterior inspiration that is similar to how Svelte Sage will look:

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage lookalike on exterior siding with a bright red door and red stained deck
    Photo Credit: @word_of_mouth_painting

    How similar? This muted sage is Benjamin Moore Gettysburg Gray, which is a little bit darker than Svelte Sage, but overall very similar:

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage on half of a canvas and similar sage color Gettysburg Gray on the other half

    You can expect Svelte Sage to look a little bit lighter and a touch warmer than this project by Word of Mouth Painting (@word_of_mouth_painting):

    Small bungalow painted in a Color similar to Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage on exterior siding with white trim. The color is Benjamin Moore Gettysburg Gray
    Photo Credit: @word_of_mouth_painting

    Here the garage looks quite warm, so it’s a good example:

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage exterior siding on a small bungalow with a red door
    Photo Credit: @word_of_mouth_painting

    Personally, I might consider Gettysburg Gray over Svelte Sage for an exterior, because in the bright warm sunlight, I think Svelte Sage will look too beige for my taste.

    If you scroll back to the lighter cabinet photos, I think that’s close to what you can expect outside.

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage colored exterior on the back of a house
    Photo Credit: @word_of_mouth_painting

    One more from this project:

    A white framed window surrounded by Svelte Sage colored siding
    Photo Credit: @word_of_mouth_painting

    I do think Svelte Sage would be a lovely exterior color.

    Svelte Sage on Exterior Trim

    On Laura’s (@darthschleder) house, she chose to use Svelte Sage on her trim, with another favorite sage Sherwin Williams Retreat on the siding:

    Sherwin Williams Retreat on an exterior with Svelte Sage trim and Tupelo Green door
    Photo Credit: @darthschlader

    You can see that Svelte Sage leans much more beige against the cooler sage of Retreat.

    (The pops of brighter green by the front door is SW Tupelo Tree.)

    Svelte Sage trim on a the back of a sw retreat exterior. Two storey home with cedar shake style siding.
    Photo Credit: @darthschlader

    This combo is quite unexpected, but it works so well together!

    Svelte Sage trim on a the back of a sw retreat exterior. Two storey home with cedar shake style siding.
    Photo Credit: @darthschlader

    I think Svelte Sage would also make a great trim color with a creamy white exterior. In that case it would look closer to a true sage.

    Svelte Sage Compared to Other Sage Green Paint Colors

    Here is how Svelte Sage compares to some other warm sages that you may be considering:

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage vs Clary Sage

    Clary Sage is cooler and more green than Svelte Sage (although it’s still a warm sage itself). You can see that Svelte Sage looks much more brown in comparison:

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage on half of a wall with Clary Sage on the other half behind a white chair and small wood coffee table.

    The LRV is the same for both of these colors: 41.

    See more from this color in my post: Sherwin Williams Clary Sage Review (With Dupes!)

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage vs October Mist

    October Mist is a former color of the year by Benjamin Moore. This sage green is also warm, but it is cooler and lighter than Svelte Sage.

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage on half of a wall with Benjamin Moore October Mist on the other half behind a bed with white bedding

    Dupes for Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage

    Here are the best colors to get you the same look as Svelte Sage from other brands:

    Paint dots of Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage and it's dupes: Stone Walls, Dried Basil, and Artemis over a background of Svelte Sage on cabinets

    Benjamin Moore Svelte Sage Equivalent

    From Benjamin Moore, the color Dried Basil aka Herbs de Provence, is the best dupe for Svelte Sage.

    Benjamin Moore Dried Basil (1510)

    Dried Basil is a tiny bit darker and a tiny bit cooler than Svelte Sage:

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage on half of a wall with Benjamin Moore dupe Dried Basil on the other half behind a black and white gallery wall

    Valspar (Lowe’s) Equivalent to Svelte Sage

    From Lowe’s, the best color match for Svelte Sage is the color Artemis.

    Valspar Artemis (8006-1D)

    Artemis is a little bit more gray, and a little bit warmer than Svelte Sage. These two differences should almost cancel out, so this is a super good alternative to Svelte Sage.

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage on half of a wall with Valspar dupe Artemis on the other half behind a mustard colored sofa.

    Svelte Sage Behr Equivalent (Home Depot)

    Heading over to Home Depot, the best color match for Svelte Sage is their shade Stone Walls.

    Behr Stone Walls (PPU8-19)

    Stone Walls is such an interesting name for this color. It’s almost like they want us to think it’s taupe and not sage, but we shall remain steadfast in our opinions.

    Stone Walls is a little bit darker and a touch more beige than Svelte Sage.

    Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage on half of a wall with Behr dupe Stone Walls on the other half behind a white sofa.

    Once again, here are all of the alternatives to Svelte Sage:

    Background of Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage with swatches of dupes Stone Walls, Dried Basil, and Artemis, over a sketch of sage leaves.

    Svelte Sage Pros & Cons

    Thanks so much for making it to the end of this post! That really helps my site. If this isn’t the one for you, take a little scroll down and I will link some other sage colors!

    Still not sure? Here are a few pros and cons:

    Pros

    • Almost perfectly mid-toned, so you can use it anywhere
    • The best of current trends: It’s both warm and sage
    • Still usually reads green, despite being very warm

    Cons

    • Has the potential to read a little “muddy” against cooler or brighter colors
    • Might be a touch too light and beige-leaning for exteriors
    Sherwin Williams Retreat color strip runs from Spare White, through Sea Salt, Comfort Gray, Oyster Bay, Acacia Haze, Retreat, Pewter Green, and Ripe Olive, over a background photo of a cabin on Emerald Lake.
    The Sherwin Williams Clary Sage color strip features from light to dark Liveable Green, Softened Green, Clary Sage, Green Onyx, Artichoke, Oakmoss, and Secret Garden
    Graphic reads "the best sage greens for cabinets" with a Farmhouse, Rustic, Muted, Light, and Dark sage sampled on top of a photo of a sage green door