Sage Green Entry Hall
Credit: Laurey W. Glenn

When it comes to home decorating, neutral shades are normally treated like wallflowers that exist in the background but rarely shine. Traditionally neutrals are colors like whites, light grays, beiges, and muted blues, which simply fill the space without seeking attention. This year, though, neutrals are stepping out of the background with a refreshingly gorgeous color that can make a room—and a house—downright stunning. If you're looking for a way to freshen up your space and perhaps make your neighbors ″green" with envy consider painting your walls with this year's new neutral—sage.

Sage Green Living Room with Neutral Accents
Credit: Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Elly Poston Cooper

Sage is one of the top colors chosen by Pinterest users, according to the annual Pinterest 100 report, which analyzes what Pinterest users are saving and searching for on the site to determine upcoming trends. According to the report, Pinterest users have been looking for sage-painted rooms a lot in recent months, with interest in the color growing by more than 170 percent.

Pinterest explains the growing trend by noting that the nature-inspired hue softens a room, lending itself well to creating a relaxing space. The subtle tone blends green and grey for an understated vibe that works well with both modern décor and classic styles from bedrooms to living rooms and kitchens. Sage comes in a range of shades from light and breezy to warm, jewel-like tones that can work in nearly any room. It's so versatile that it can easily stand in for the more traditional neutrals like muted grays or blues.

Sage Green Kitchen
Credit: Laurey W. Glenn

Of course, if you're feeling bold and want to make your neutral walls really pop, Glidden Paint, PPG Paints, and Olympic Paints & Stain all claimed that this year black (or nearly black) is the new black. There's PPG's Black Flame, which they say ″acts like a black curtain,″ while Olympic's Black Magic is full of ″glamour and strength″, and Glidden's ″Deep Onyx″ lends itself to a ″low-key, easygoing style."

Whether you opt for sage or black, one thing is clear—In 2018, neutrals definitely won't be wallflowers.