How to incorporate the color trend into your home

It is not often a single color dominates the decor market for a year, but in 2022 there is a definite winner. “Green is the color 2022 and sage green is one of the shades we expect to see a lot of!” Beth Diana Smith, HomeGoods Style Expert, tells TZR in an email. According to the interior designer, it is making waves in the industry thanks to its associations with self-care. “So, as consumers continue to prioritize mental health, we will continue to see sage-inspired decor as we try to infuse soothing colors.”

It is clear that this is a good time to incorporate sage green decor into your home. But as Smith warns, it’s best to test the water before diving with your head first with trendy shades. Therefore, she suggests adding it subtly to begin with; so instead of painting your kitchen in color, perhaps include it via a “beautiful tile inlay to showcase your entertaining essentials or a unique accent like a globally crafted ceramic vase for spring flowers.”

No matter how much you want to use it, the sky is the limit for implementing sage green decor in your home in beautiful and powerful ways. Read on for more suggestions from experts on the peaceful color trend in the future.

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Add it with accessories

“As mentioned, a great way to integrate greens, including sage green, into a room is directly through furnishings and accessories,” says Smith. That said, there are many different paths you can take with this approach.

One of the easiest? Textiles, says Tanya Hembree, owner and chief designer of Onyx + Alabaster. “Adding soft details such as pillows and blankets that have sage built into their pattern will soften all spaces,” she explains. “The key is to use it on a solid neutral.”

“If you know you’re a fan of the color and really want to embrace it,” Smith says of “choosing larger or more impactful parts like a rug or a velvet chair.” And no, you do not have to do this (which you probably want to avoid, as this color is currently considered a trend). Smith says that if you choose a larger item, try to stay within a budget by shopping at affordable stores like HomeGoods. “The great thing about cheap furniture is that you can replace them with the seasons or trends, giving you more design flexibility in your home.”

Incorporate it through plants

Although Hembree notes that this may be an obvious suggestion, she also loves the use of plants in this color. “Live plants on a bookshelf, coffee table or island are always a quick way to incorporate sage green,” she shares. “Favorites like succulents will be easy to take care of and give just the right touch.” Not good at keeping things alive? Many types of dried greenery give the perfect sage green shade and require little or no maintenance at all.

Use it on cabinets

It’s understandable if you want to invest in sage green a little more in your home – after all, you would not be the first. If so, Hembree says a bolder way to use it is to add it to your cabinets. “Pairing it with black hardware and a light worktop is always a good result,” she states. Brass accents are also a popular choice with the shade and give a slightly more vintage feel.

Pour it into your shelves

Are you looking for an extra subtle way to incorporate sage green? “This may seem a bit unexpected, but shelves like books are a great way to give this pop of sage green as well,” says Hembree. As an added bonus, this can also be cost effective. “Many coffee table books and vintage books carry this color and provide an affordable way to add this subtle neutral to any palette,” she continues.

Consider it a neutral

“When it comes to sage green, I often think of it as a neutral that can be paired with virtually anything,” says Hembree. So there are many different ways to mix it. HomeGoods Style Expert Jenny Reimold suggests using it with “ivory, taupe or gray for an organic atmosphere, or black and white for a crisp, modern look.” Similarly, Smith says, “I love to see sage green with warm gray or white colors for a more modern aesthetic.”

On the other hand, Smith says that “try to pair it with pink, purple and brass to create a bold yet beautiful look that mimics a jewelry box” if you are more of a maximalist. “Think: a sage pillow on top of a chair with a deep violet accent.”

There are actually only a few colors you may want to avoid when decorating with this soft green in your home. “I do not recommend pairing sage with brown, yellow or very black as it can feel quite dark or dull,” Smith continues.

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