If you’re looking for a relaxing retreat to rest your head and count sheep, very few spaces can get the job done quite like a calm, sage green bedroom. So when the owners of a home in Northridge, California wanted their primary bedroom to “feel relaxed and zen like a spa,” interior designer and Clare Collective member Hema Persad was happy to oblige with a soothing palette.
“They have this big window in the bedroom that looks out to the backyard and all of these trees—green felt like the right color,” she explains. “Specifically, I thought Dirty Martini would be perfect.” With an assortment of tactile textiles, pops of neutrals and thoughtful artwork, the final result is serene, not snooze-worthy.
Want to up your primary bedroom’s chill factor? Hema shares her top decorating tips.
Bring Color to New Heights
Before her clients signed off on Dirty Martini, Hema knew she wanted to paint the primary bedroom’s walls and ceiling the same color. To make sure this soothing sage ticked off all the boxes, she applied peel-and-stick swatches throughout the space. “It didn’t look like a green box,” Hema explains. “The color looked different in certain parts of the room—green in some places, gray and darker in others, which gave the space depth and dimension.”
Add Neutral Accents to Your Sage Green Bedroom
One of the best things about a green like Dirty Martini is that it can take on new attitudes depending on its accent color. Since Hema’s clients are traditionalists at heart, she wanted to keep things simple by peppering the space with hints of white. “I wanted the eye to travel around the room and pause on different elements, ” Hema explains. With a paper-bright trim, closet door and linens, the pops of white are like a visual exhale in this sage green bedroom.
Layer On Up
In a spa-like sanctuary, relaxation is key–nobody should feel like their zen space is too precious to be able to fully unwind in. For Hema, the secret to that kick-back-and-relax vibe was layering different textures in a consistent color palette. “[They didn’t want] a hotel style room; they wanted ‘zen relaxing spa,’” Hema shares. "To me, that's always linens and waffle leaves and breathable fabrics and things that aren't too fussy.” With white plaster lamps, sage green throw pillows and ceramic trinkets on the nightstand, Hema brought a lived-in sense of luxury to the space.
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