Published on February 20, 2020

Syd and Shea McGee use the shade liberally on kitchen cabinets, countertops, textiles, and even upholstery. Pinterest searches for this hue skyrocketed by 170 percent in 2018. The 2020 color of the year announcements backed up all the buzz. Sage green is the hue of the moment—a gray-meets-eucalyptus that’s saturated enough to make a statement, but subtle enough to serve as the perfect gateway color for neutral devotees. 

If you’re looking to veer away from eggshell, ivory, and taupe, but aren’t quite ready to coat your walls in a jewel tone, consider one of the year’s trendiest shades. Here’s how to use sage green in your space. 

Studio McGee

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If the permanence of paint feels daunting, opt for a sage-flecked design that can easily be removed, as Studio McGee did here. Keep accents neutral to let the pattern shine. 

Samuel Amoia

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Another option for commitment-phobes: sage green furniture. Pair your piece with warm-toned finds, like a burl-wood chair or rust-colored Turkish rug à la interior designer Samuel Amoia.

Emily Henderson Design

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Think beyond Carrara and opt for sage green marble. While not for the faint of heart, the colorful stone of the 1980s is making a bold comeback. Complete the look with warm metal accents. 

Robson Rak

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If statement walls veer too far into maximalist territory, heed the advice of Australian design duo Kathryn Robson and Chris Rak and simply highlight a tucked-away surface, whether it’s the inside of a fireplace or the back of a bookshelf.

Studio McGee 

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If there’s ever a space for this calming hue, it’s the bedroom. Committing to allover color—including the window frames—feels especially serene. 

Belathée Photography for Katie Hackworth

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Draw inspiration from interior designer Katie Hackworth’s modern brownstone project in Medina, Washington, and try retro sage green tiling. Match the wainscoting to the walls for a cohesive look. 

Studio McGee

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Nail sage green kitchen cabinets with streamlined details: black hardware, globe lighting, and neutral marble countertops.

Robson Rak

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Pastels don’t have to read childish. Give a sage green rug grown-up appeal with the addition of crisp black furniture. 

Studio McGee

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For a no-fail palette like the one in this nursery by Studio McGee, turn to sage green’s fellow natural hues and materials: sandy beige and warm rattan.

Amy Bartlam for JDP Interiors

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If you’re only looking to include the color for a season or two, go with textiles. Take notes from designer Joyce Downing and try patterned dining chair cushions paired with matching greenery. 

See more decorating ideas:
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The Small-Space Decorator’s Guide to Displaying Accessories
The Couple Behind Brooklyn’s Insta-Famous Vintage Store Never Stops Decorating

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