Sage Is This Year’s Most Popular Shade of Green: Here’s How to Decorate with It

This calming color is exactly what our homes need right now. Learn how to decorate with sage green using tips from the experts. Over the past year, our homes became a place of sanctuary amid the stress and anxiety of a global pandemic, so it’s no wonder that many of us are gravitating toward decorating choices that help us feel calm and grounded. Color is an especially powerful tool in creating a soothing environment, and sage green has recently become a must-have hue for those seeking a serene, restful home.

  1. Incorporate sage into a monochromatic palette. Sage green works beautifully when combined with darker greens in the same color family, says Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr Paint. For a soothing monochromatic color scheme, start with a light- to mid-tone sage green (Woelfel suggests Behr’s Zen PPU11-14), then go several shades darker for the accent color. Bring in creams and whites for balance, sticking to colors that have slight gray-green undertones for a cohesive look.

  2. Paint your kitchen sage green. Use sage green to inject calm into rooms that tend to feel busy and chaotic. Apply large doses of sage green on cabinetry or walls to establish a more peaceful atmosphere in the hub of your home.

  3. Balance cool sage with warm accents. Sage green tends to veer toward the cooler side of the spectrum, so warm-toned accents can help give it a lift. To maintain a mostly neutral color scheme, opt for creamy shades of white and metallics like rose gold to add richness and warmth to the coolness of sage green, suggests San Diego-based interior esigner Susan Spath. For a more colorful palette, refer to green’s opposite on the color wheel.

  4. Give your bathroom a spa-like feel. The right color scheme can make your bathroom feel like a tranquil retreat where you can unwind at the end of the day. Pierce loves using sage green in bathrooms because the color reminds of eucalyptus leaves, which are often used in spas.

  5. Accentuate sage green with natural materials. Drawn straight from nature, sage green feels especially fitting with natural materials. “Many hardwoods and natural stones also have natural green undertones and will work very well within a green palette,” says Roger Higgins, of the Nashville design firm R. Higgins Interiors. Incorporate sage green on walls or furnishings in rooms that feature hardwood floors, butcher-block countertops, stone tile, and other natural finishes.

  6. Make subtle sage green stand out. To make sage green pop, juxtapose it with a high-contrast color like charcoal gray. “If you pair sage green with a similar-toned taupe or gray, it can get lost, but paired with a charcoal gray or a white, it stands out on its own,” says Kirsten Krason. Another way to make a statement with sage green is through luxurious textures. “Sage can be a subdued, humble hue, and so I love it applied to more sumptuous surfaces like a plush velvet or a high-gloss finish for paint,” Xaykao says. Best Sage Green Paint Colors: Evergreen Fog SW 9130, Sherwin- Williams, Juniper Breeze N420-1, Behr, Pewter Green SW 6208, Sherwin-Williams, Pigeon No. 25, Farrow & Ball, and Saybrook Sage HC-114, Benjamin Moore.

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