From peppy lime to refined olive, I’ve never met a green that I didn’t like. But these days it seems like I can’t swipe an inch across my feed without seeing herbaceous dining rooms, kitchen cabinets, boudoirs, feature ceilings – even tool boxes (?). While sage (Salvia officinalis) has long been valued for its earthy taste and medicinal properties, sage green is the official vibe of 2021 in my opinion.
“Sage green is reminiscent of the farmers’ markets in spring, when all leaf products are finally back in season,” says the designer and interior designer Anna Brettschneider. “It’s a muted green with gray undertones, somewhere between cool mint and warm moss.” According to Brettschneider, it is a color that we naturally associate with nature. Sage also comes into the house for dinner – in the form of funky pepper mills and fancy pans and pretty placemats. Especially during the pandemic, “we want to feel more connected to nature,” she explains. “It also makes aesthetic sense to reflect the ingredients you cook with throughout the kitchen.”
Sowden salt and pepper mill
Keep calm and keep turning. This minimalist grinder is made of stainless steel and has an adjustable grinding degree.
Colors play a huge role in the way we interpret the world around us. When we were all walking barefoot and roaming a monolithic piece of earth, different colors helped us identify two very important things: food and mate (it was an easier time). Colors have a psychological effect on us through their saturation, brightness and hue, explains Sally Augustin, PhD, environmental psychologist and director of Illinois-based Design With Science, a consulting firm that applies research-based knowledge to space and object design. “We form cultural associations with color families that have a common name – for example, we associate blues with credibility and trustworthiness,” she says. Sage green, on the other hand, is “very relaxing for us to look at”. It is the chromatic answer to these times.
“Color is very important to us,” explains Our Place co-founder Shiza Shahid. “We use it to honor the rituals that have nourished us over the centuries.” The sage-colored release of their Instagram-famous Always Pan celebrates the eponymous herb for its spread in kitchens and culinary traditions around the world. “Sage green also symbolizes sustainability and the health of the earth we share – something that is very important to us,” says Shahid. For the Food52 crockery buyer, Casey Simring, their literal job is to ponder colors and textures all day and make sure a product lives up to the team’s “less is more” motto. And sage green, she says, is a popular shade that plays well with neutral colors. “When you see such soft, inviting green, it’s hard not to think about freshness,” explains Simring. “After the last year and a half, I think everyone is now looking for that fresh feeling.”
The Russian doll of the cooking utensils, this pan, the steam basket and the beech wood spatula nestle under a pretty sage dome.
A quick way to bring sage green into your kitchen is with a coat of paint (in a shade like the atmospheric name “Endless Day” or “Country Spring”). “That can mean removing all cabinet doors and splattering them with paint, or simply painting a few walls in your room with a fresh coat of paint,” advises Brettschneider. If you (or your landlord) are afraid of painting, think small and add pops of color over your dishes. Placemats, for example, “are a great way to bring color and style to your table without using a full dinner set or accent wall in the dining room,” agrees Simring. Remember, Brettschneider makes sure to tie everything together with accent colors like soft terracotta, acid yellow, and bright orange. Just like the herb, sage green likes to be the star of the show – or it takes a cool and calm fade into the background.
If you really want to get involved, as they say, my colleague and resident BA systems expert Joseph Hernandez Reluctantly admits that sage is one of the easier herbs to grow at home. “So ….. I really hate growing herbs indoors because they’re not ‘easy’ as everyone says; they have a short lifespan and death wishes (look at you basil), ”he explains of Slack. “But sage is quite fertile and hearty.” Not to forget, delicious! A fully grown sage plant will reward you with plenty of aromatic leaves for buttery soft tortellini, golden parathas and all tostadas.
Uashmama Essential placemats 4-pack
These Perfetto placemats are made in Italy from wax-coated paper, which means they are splash and stain resistant and just need to be quickly wiped off after each use.
A good DO is something that you will use for a lifetime; Cooking bread, pasta, stews and braised beef. With its ceramic coating, it is also ultra-non-stick (bless!).
Stojo 16oz collapsible coffee mug
Fill it with wine! Hot coffee! Icetea! Fold, stow, and repeat.