As far as the color green is concerned, there are lots of shades that are well known (and classic). From olive to emerald, sage to seafoam, we’ve seen them and love them. But for 2020, we’re seeing a whole new shade making its way into interiors, fashion and furnishings. Say hello to sacramento green.
For a new series here on the site, we’ll be highlighting colors that are making a splash this year, and exploring where they came from and what makes them unique. And we’re starting things off by going green.
As a color, sacramento green isn’t so easy to classify. It’s a darker and richer tone than teal, has more blue in it than emerald, and is significantly more saturated than a pine green. From a technical perspective, it’s composed of 0% red, 33.7% green and 24.7% blue, with 100% saturation. It’s definitely got an organic quality that harkens back to nature (think a lush forest and the vibrant tones of malachite), but also a depth and richness that makes it both elegant and moody. It’s versatile enough to be used with just about any style, as an accent or filling an entire room.
You’re also probably wondering where the name actually comes from. Well Sacramento is the capital of California, and the home of Sacramento State University, who adopted the color as their official shade in 2004- and the name stuck. And now we’re spreading the word that this is a color that needs to be in your vocabulary.
Recently, sacramento green has been popping up in everything from furniture to fashion and tile to tabletop goods, and in lots of inspiring interiors around the globe. From modern and minimal living spaces, to color infused kitchens, keep scrolling to see more of our favorite spaces using this shade, along with our picks for products (and two of our favorite paint colors to capture this tone in your own home).
And if you want even more color inspiration, check out our posts The Earthy Color We’re Fully Embracing and Proud to Be Colorful: What Do The Colors of the LGBTQ Flag Mean?
This color works on your walls, floors, and even on your body. A bathroom or kitchen backsplash in a moody, glazed tile will keep things interesting, while a suit in this shade will definitely make a statement. Or you can keep things subtle with candlesticks or a decorative bowl in this hue.
Sacramento green pairs best with warm toned woods, caramel brown, gray tones and shades of white.
You can definitely make a statement by painting an entire room in this saturated shade. For a slightly less impactful interpretation, try a tonal area rug, an oversize sweater or a punchy pillow.
This shade can feel decidedly modern when applied in color blocks and minimal shapes. A simple metal side table, glass mug or sculptural lamp are ways to bring in this tone in an uncomplicated way.