Our Most-Pinned House Tours of 2020 All Have This One Color In Common

published Jul 23, 2020
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Bunk beds painted in Sherwin-Williams Oakmoss at Sarah Sherman Samuel's home in Michigan

What is it about mossy, sage-y greens lately? Why am I seeing this color everywhere? Maybe more importantly, why are the Apartment Therapy House Tours featuring this shade in some capacity being pinned more than anything else right now?

If you ask Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr, this “Pinterest Green” phenomenon, as I’ve taken to calling it, has something to do with the fact that this earthy shade of green is a stable, soothing color derived from nature. “Using the color green in your home can evoke a strong sense of wellbeing, peace, and tranquility,” explains Woelfel. Moreover, if you’re feeling anxious, “Greens evoke a feeling of calm, making them great contenders for your home if you are looking to reduce stress,” adds Patrick O’Donnell, global ambassador for Farrow & Ball.

Given everything going on in the world right now, the popularity of this shade of green sounds about right. The color first started trending before the global pandemic hit—with people, increasingly bombarded by technology and craving the serenity that comes from, say, taking a meditative walk in the woods, enveloped in its lush flora. Now being stuck indoors has only made this desire to be among greenery stronger than ever, and this time around, the mosses and sages I’m seeing are a little more saturated than before.

“Typically, when we think of bringing nature in, our mind immediately goes to natural materials like flowers or plants,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “However, the colors of nature can also add so much life to a space.” 

In addition to bringing a dose of tranquility to homes, another benefit of decorating with green is its versatility. This shade plays nice with popular grays, whites, and beiges already in most homes. For anyone specifically looking to work green paint into their decor schemes, Woelfel recommends starting in a home office or bedroom. “These are the spaces where people are spending lots of time and may need an extra dose of rejuvenation,” she adds.

If paint feels like too much of a commitment, green furniture pieces or even accents like pillows, candles, and textiles can help connect you to the outdoors a bit, too. Here, you’ll find a few “Pinterest Green” paint color picks and decor finds to bring some much-needed zen into your space, whether you’re looking to go big or just want a small touch.

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Behr Secret Meadow

Woelfel loves seeing biophilic hues incorporated into everyday spaces like the bedroom and bathroom. She’s especially loving Behr’s Secret Meadow S360-6, a deep, earthy green. “A rich green like this promotes feelings of rest, rejuvenation, and relaxation—perfect for the bedroom,” she says.

Farrow & Ball Sap Green and Green Smoke

O’Donnell describes Farrow & Ball’s Sap Green as an easy to use, almost olive shade. “It’s perfect for a relaxed bedroom aesthetic, teamed with rattan furniture, off-white bed linens, and a few well-chosen house plants to create a perfect ‘zen’ escape for a good night’s sleep,” he says. If you’re looking for something a bit moodier and darker, Green Smoke, as pictured above, is another option.

Sherwin-Williams Oakmoss

Instagram seems to be obsessed with the bedroom Sarah Sherman Samuel created for her son Archie using Sherwin-Williams’ Oakmoss SW-6180. “It’s a bold choice, but we’re predisposed to love this color because of its roots in nature,” says Wadden.

Now, onto those decor picks.

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Julia Bed

Sink into this splurge-worthy, lush velvet bed, designed by Julia von Werz, and you’ll never want to get out of it. Its frame marries straight, mid-century legs with Art Deco-inspired curvy headboard corners, and the shade of green is spot-on for anyone that wants a pop of color in the bedroom without going too wild.

Buy: Julia Bed, Starting at $1,999.00 for a Queen from CB2

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Hard & Soft Art Print

Upgrade your black-and-white geometric art for artist Kristine Sarley’s bold yet soothing brush strokes in this mossy shade. Framed or unframed, this work will make a statement, whether hanging on a wall in a gallery arrangement or placed on a shelf in a vignette.

Buy: Hard & Soft by Kristine Sarley, Starting at $24 for an unframed 5″x7″ print from Minted

Nami Stacking Plate

These cool ceramic dishes will make what ever you’re putting on them look better. A stack of them would also shine on open shelving or in glass-front cabinets.

Buy: Nami Stacking Plate, $16 each from Urban Outfitters

Moss Taper Candles

Not only are these colored tapers gorgeous (each candle is dipped 35 times to get that green shade just right), but they’re crafted to burn drip-free, meaning no green mess at the base of your table. Just light and enjoy.

Buy: Moss Taper Candles, Starting at $13 for a 12-inch pair from The Floral Society

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Jewel Wide Dark Green Dresser

There’s no shame in shopping kids’ furniture stores for your adult home—sometimes items are even cheaper than the “grown up” versions. This sophisticated Crate&Kids dresser happens to be a splurge, but the way it mixes that on-trend, earthy green glaze with those regal gold drawer pulls makes it a real showstopper—and a piece you’ll want to hold onto forever.

Buy: Jewel Wide Dark Green Dresser, $1,199.00 from Crate&Kids

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Ceramic Cookware Set

These stylish—and non-toxic!—ceramic pots and pans from Caraway make cooking less of a chore, and with all this staying at home, it might just be time for you to upgrade from your mismatched set anyway. Bonus: The complete set comes with a handy storage rack and canvas lid holder, which makes cleanup just a little bit more pleasant, too.

Buy: Cookware Set, $460 $395 for a 6-piece set from Caraway Home

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Linen napkins

Step up any dining situation (backyard, park picnic, tailgating in the restaurant parking lot) with these elegant but inexpensive linen napkins in green. It’s the little things that make mealtime feel special.

Buy: Linen napkins, $12.99 for two from H&M Home

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Linen Sheet Set

So you’re not on vacation at a luxe resort this summer. Me either. With this light and elegant linen sheet set in a soothing shade of green though, you can almost feel like you’re in a tropical paradise, surrounded by lush plants and a cool breeze

Buy: Linen Core Sheet Set in Honeydew, Starting at $259 for a Full Set from Brooklinen

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Grid Oven Mitt

Consider this mossy green mitt your sous-chef when grabbing frittatas, dutch babies, and the ever-important sourdough bread from the oven. There’s also a corresponding pot holder and apron, if you’re a matching set kind of person.

Buy: Grid Oven Mitt, $40 from Minna