Trend Alert: Is Sage the New Neutral?

It's starting to look that way. Gray, beige and off-white are still popular, but soft, mossy greens are making a comeback. Get ideas for incorporating this hue in your home.

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Serene Palette for Slumber

Soft green walls paired with a wicker headboard and crisp white linens create a Zen-like, peaceful setting to instigate relaxation and sweet dreams.

A Touch of Woodsy

Sage accents in the drapery, pillows and throw add an outdoorsy feel, but their lush, velvety texture keeps the look sophisticated and chic.

Earthy Sunroom

This sunroom in a renovated New York farmhouse is a perfect example of casual chic. The sage-and-white trim makes the millwork pop and adds architectural interest to the ceiling. Modern chairs paired with a woven sofa and reclaimed wood-topped coffee table create an inviting seating area made for conversation and relaxation.

Layer Sage With Other Greens

For a tone-on-tone effect, this formal dining room is equipped with several tints and shades of spring green. This subtle change in color adds a layered effect that’s understated yet elegant. Layering several shades and tints of the same color is an excellent way to introduce color into your home without the hues becoming too contrasted or intense.

Casual Yet Sophisticated

Splashes of sage prevent this traditional living room from looking too formal. The earthy tones keep the space casual and relaxed. The linen sofas also lend to the light and airy vibe.

Pair With Natural Elements

Brown leather sofas contrast beautifully against the soft green walls and natural wood details in this living room. The stacked stone fireplace incorporates texture while distressed wall art infuses the space with farmhouse style.

Patterned Sage

Various shades and pattern of muted green make this workspace a pleasurable place to do chores. The overabundance of storage in this laundry room also makes it a winner.

Add a Pop of Day-Glow

Yellow and black chairs add a vibrant splash of color to the neutral sage backdrop in this modern kitchen.

Beach Backdrop

Various textures and coastal tones add beauty and interest to this open Cape Cod family room. Shades of tan, sage-green, blue and white, inspired by the beach and ocean give the space a calm, kick-off-your-shoes feel.

Works With Wood

Sage green works with any wood tone and this bedroom illustrates that point beautifully. Here, the soft green walls bridge the gap between the light-toned tongue-and-groove ceiling and the dark floor and furnishings.

Sage Gray Island

The earthy sage color on the island helps ground and soften this modern white and gray kitchen. The sage also bridges the natural-tone floors and the high-gloss finishes on the appliances and cabinetry.

Formal But a Little Foresty

Elegant wallpaper in various shades of green paired with traditional furniture and velvet upholstery set a funky, but formal tone in this dining room. Sage mixed with dark wood, like on these upholstered chairs, complement each other perfectly, kind of reminiscent of moss and trees in the forest.

Accent With Sage

To accentuate the architecture, sage-green doors, window trim and molding contrast beautifully with the white walls in this old New Orleans home.

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Pair Neutrals

Soft gray and sage green walls set a relaxing tone in this cottage-style bedroom. Coordinating bed linens, twin armoires, white beadboard ceiling, and touches of wicker add to the super-chill beach vibe.

Lovely Landing

Sage walls give this casual family room and bar a relaxing vibe. Espresso-colored stain on the stair rails pairs nicely with the green walls for a forest-like color palette.

Sage Shiplap

Soft green paneling sets the scene for this Americana-inspired bedroom. Wrought iron accents, camo pattern bedding and natural materials make this a casual-country space.

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