Meet Moody Sage, Havenly’s Color of the Year

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Published on January 15, 2021

After 2020, we are in a mood. 

In a mood for restoration and rejuvenation — a more peaceful yin after a year of crazy yang. 

With that in mind, Havenly designers have selected a 2021 Color of the Year that is tranquil yet dramatic, trendy yet timeless.

Meet Moody Sage. 

“We’ve long been fans of dusty green hues,” says Heather Goerzen, Havenly Managing Editor. “But this year, we’re predicting it’s an even bigger hit.”   

And why not? 

Unlike Pantone’s 2021 Colors of the Year, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating (a sunny yellow), Moody Sage has far-reaching, organic roots. It conjures up the calming vibe of a forest walk, picnicing in the park, and wooded coastlines combined.

In other words, Moody Sage effortlessly connects a home to the natural world (even for those who reside in an urban skyrise). The result is a peaceful, easy feeling. 

Bonus points: Moody Sage is simply beautiful and incredibly versatile. You can incorporate it in any of the four design styles you’ll see everywhere in 2021, from Grandmillennial to Japandi.

Here are many more designer tips on using this sophisticated hue to create a new look for the new year:

Brush It On

As always, painting is one of the easiest, most impactful ways to add a new color to your home palette. When Moody Sage covers significant square footage, it sets the stage for relaxed, luxe vibes.

For maximum impact, brush it on all four walls of a space. Or choose a single accent wall. For a fresh twist without a ton of color commitment, consider using Moody Sage on your crown moulding, door frames, and trim.

Enliven Your Linens

Moody Sage is positively sumptuous in velvet (and pretty much any textile). Layer it into your space through throw pillows. Or maybe a Moody Sage bedspread is more your speed. Accent rugs, window treatments and small upholstered pieces, such as an ottoman, are other ways to bring in Moody Sage through textiles.

Sink Into It

A statement piece of furniture in Moody Sage, like this sectional, is an upgrade that’s both functional and fun. After many years of neutral interiors, Moody Sage is a welcome addition toward creating an environment that feels a little more warm. 

(Trade secret: Moody Sage is a muted classic that can serve as a neutral in its own right.)

Leave It to Plants

Houseplants have so many health benefits. They help purify the air, decrease stress and inspire creativity. Layering in greenery alongside Moody Sage painted walls provides an instant mood lift. It’s a very literal way to bring the outdoors in and reinforce a more natural aesthetic.

Go for the Unexpected

Incorporate Moody Sage in ways that suit your lifestyle or provide a dose of self-care:

  • Paint kitchen cabinets Moody Sage. So much more affordable than a full kitchen renovation. 
  • Inhale and exhale on a Moody Sage yoga mat.
  • Upgrade your home spa game with a Moody Sage shower curtain or plush towels.
  • Paint the stairs or the banister in Moody Sage.
  • Treat yourself to a new mug in Moody Sage to warm up your hot tea habit.

Change starts at home. Embrace peace in 2021 with serene shades of Moody Sage.

Get started on your new look for a new year with help from Havenly designers. The first step: take our style quiz.

Words by Staci Sturrock