This year sage green has officially swept across our feeds as the go-to shade for creating soothing kitchens, serene reading nooks, lush living rooms, and more. We love the hue in kids’ spaces, too, as a way to add a little calm and bring the outside in. The low-key tone is more versatile than you might think—as a backdrop to play up punchier palettes, graphic shapes, and sustainable materials. It’s a whole mood (as evidenced by the zen little boy’s room, above). Here are some of our favorite sage green decorating ideas to incorporate the color in every corner.
Go Green in Every Sense
Sustainability is often at the forefront of a parent’s mind when designing the nursery. For this project, Hope Clark of Oak + Olive chose vintage decor and steered clear of products and fabrics made using harmful chemicals. To channel the natural look further, she reached for Farrow & Ball’s Card Room.
Elevate Your Playroom Display
Storing toys is a challenge in any house. These sage-hued shelves showcase prettier items and pair well with soft peach and white. Painting the panels and molding creates a streamlined effect—especially when the surplus of stuff can be tucked inside storage compartments under a daybed.
Work All the Angles
Don’t let the color’s organic qualities fool you; a deeper tint of sage can be as bold as anything. In the hands of Sarah Sherman Samuel, striking lines—both on the DIY striped ceiling and in the bunk bed’s cool cutout arch—look extra-clean and crisp in her kids’ bedroom.
Set the Scene for Smaller Details
Soothing shouldn’t mean boring; keep the green theme going with a whimsical wallpaper (enter the dinosaurs!) extended up to the ceiling. Dark wood, leather, and brass add to the earthy vibe of this modern nursery.
Bring It Over the Top
A family hangout spot gets the full cocooning treatment with colorful cozy rugs, loungey floor pillows, a hanging rattan chair, and a splash of deep sage paint up to the ceiling.
Look to the Elements
For this teen room, layering a green oasis with flora and fauna—both in botanical-inspired fabrics and a mini gallery wall of vintage art prints—is a natural fit.
Create a Reading Rainbow
Sage doesn’t immediately come to mind as a punchy accent wall, but designer and mom Chiara de Rege used her starry green wallpaper as a background to display her daughter Phoenix’s colorful book collection. Suddenly the red, pink, and yellow covers really shine (almost as much as her dress-up outfits).
Carve Out a Pretty Perspective
Name a better view (or sleep HQ) for an infant than a “window” onto a sweet leafy landscape—surrounded by a wash of more calming pale green. A wall of storage cabinets keeps all the baby essentials out of sight (but still accessible) so your little one can dream in peace.
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