Should actress Dakota Johnson be grateful for the rise of sage green? Quite possible.Girlfriend March 2020 architectural digest Home tour video – in which she professes her love for Lyme (which she later confesses) tonight show (that she is allergic), shows viewers where the dead cat Chicken is buried, and has over 21 million views. But among those highlights, perhaps the most memorable element was her sage green kitchen. It sparked a cult following (check out her tag #DakotaJohnsonsKitchen on TikTok), and searches for “sage green” on Google have tripled for her since then. Washington interior designers say the pandemic has only strengthened the obsession. “We were very confined,” says designer and architect Charles Almonte. “[It’s an] outdoor color. I think it’s very natural for people to want to bring that internally. ”
See how local designers used this soothing hue in three different projects.
When two vacant residents hire Alison Giese to turn a former weekend home on the Virginia-North Carolina border into a full-time residence, the designer brightens up the place. I knew there was a need. She removed the heavy brocade fabrics and dark tones for a more natural palette, with sage and her greens taking center stage on the covered porch. Giese chose a version with a muddy gray tone that compliments the forest view and pairs well with the brick walls. “There are subtle nuances,” Giese says of this unique shade. “You read it differently on a gray day than on a sunny day. It’s interesting in that sense, but it’s also complicated in a way, and it allows you to create different atmospheres.”
Designer Laura Hodges chose sage-toned cabinetry as an homage to the greenery visible from the laundry/mudroom in this Towson home. “It’s like a connection to nature and has a sophisticated feel,” she says. This choice adds color to a neutral space, but doesn’t overwhelm it. It’s “easy to live in.” Hodges highlights it with other natural tones and textures, such as white oak for the built-in shelving and dark slate for the herringbone flooring.
Two rooms at Craftsman in American University Park exemplify the versatility of sage. A calming neutral color works in the sunroom, which features a dramatic wall covered in a Lewis & Wood wood pattern. A crane print found on Etsy adds a bold pop to this attic-turned-office space. “It’s a very dynamic color,” says Evelyn Pierce Smith, who designed both rooms. “If you want a dramatic, dark space, or [brighter] space. “
This article appears in the January 2022 issue of The Washingtonian.