If you’ve become accustomed to a home filled with ‘traditional’ neutrals such as white, grey and beige; might we suggest shaking things up with your next home makeover? Neutrals are taking on a new form, and softer pastel shades like peach and the trending sage green are beginning to seep in.
As has been proven, the colour green can evoke feelings of balance, harmony and a sense of calm – which, would explain why we’re starting to see the hue present in more contemporary homes. The sanctuary-like atmosphere that sage green helps promote also has a connection to nature, helping to bring the positive energy of the outdoors in.
If you’re less concerned with good vibes and more with aesthetic, you’ll be pleased to know that sage green is one of the most versatile shades and is having a moment across all areas of interior design; from furniture to textiles and even tiling.
Whether you’re ready to add a subtle pop of colour to your space or prefer to commit and go full out, here are 10 easy ways you can incorporate sage green into your home.
1. Incorporate different textures
When first bringing a new colour into an existing space, it can sometimes be jarring to see it in the form of a blank wall or in a very obvious way. For this reason, try bringing sage green into your home through the use of different textures. One area of the home where this works particularly well is in the bathroom. There is an endless variety of interesting and unique tiling that you can incorporate into the space. More elaborate bath rugs are also a trend at the moment, so you can pair your tiles with a softer texture for balance.
2. Treat it as a neutral colour, not a statement
One of the biggest mistakes people often make is treating pastel shades like sage green like a statement colour rather than a neutral. As soon as you shift your focus to making it your base colour, it because a lot easier to find other pieces of furniture and colours that compliment it. When you look at the colour on its own, it’s extremely soft and subtle – just like the beige and whites traditionally considered as neutrals. This means it pairs very easily with other tones and textures; particularly charcoal grey and dark timber oak.
3. Paint a wall (or two if you’re brave)
If you’re not someone who is afraid of change, painting a wall(s) is one of the easiest ways to liven up a room or space. This works particularly well if you are trying to make the colour with more muted tones in the way of furniture; as sage green pairs well even with peach or warm tones. Bedroom spaces are a great place to try this out, as green is actually a calming hue, so is great for spaces where you want to feel relaxed.
4. Decorate the space with greenery
If you want to test the waters first before committing to any serious design changes, try decorating your space with the right type of greenery. Plants like olive trees and eucalyptus branches give that sage green hue, and can give your home the subtle touch you’re after until you’re more comfortable. Using greenery is also another easy way to layer different textures in the home.
5. Use it in small doses
Similarly as above, if you’re not used to having lots of colour in your space, it’s best to start out by incorporating small doses. Think vases, smaller artworks and even crockery for a different take. But although it’s a smart idea to play it safe, styling just one vase, cushion or throw won’t give you a full idea of whether you love the colour or not. So try to introduce a few different items to get a clearer picture.
6. Reupholster furniture
Sure, this is more of a DIY approach, but if you have furniture you love and aren’t ready to part ways with but want to spice the colour up a bit, this is one excellent way to do it. It also means you can search for materials that have subtle or statement prints in the sage green hue, without being limited to plain colours. This is also a great option if you have found furniture at a vintage store that you love, but is not the right colour.
7. Switch out your cabinetry
This might seem like a big change, but repainting your kitchen or bathroom cabinetry can go a long way in making sage green sing in your home. This is an especially useful tip if you’re in the process of redesigning your space – as picking a colour cabinet is a much more unique way to add vibrancy in a space like a kitchen that is traditionally very two-dimensional.
8. Compliment with statement furniture
If you have added notes of sage green into your home but are afraid it’s a touch more than you would have liked, the easiest way to pair it back is by incorporating darker and bolder statement pieces into the space. We’re not suggesting you pair fuchsia with green, but a true black chair, statement vase or even dining table can help pull the focus away from the green.
9. Bring it into the bedroom
As we already mentioned, green and sage green in particular is a colour that has uniquely calming properties. This makes it an excellent colourway for spaces like the bedroom. Rather than incorporating it through furniture, a feature wall or art, try your hand at soft furnishings like bed linen, decorative cushions and even curtains. It will inject a pop of colour without being too overpowering.
10. Shop vintage
Vintage stores are a goldmine for unique sage green furniture. The archival and nostalgic feel also evokes a sense of warmth and homeliness, which we can all appreciate. Curated Spaces tend to have a great selection of colourful furniture, especially in the green variety. So, keep an eye out weekly for new pieces and updates.