Scheme of THE MONTH Chic ways with sage

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sooth­ing, trans­for­ma­tive and end­lessly ver­sa­tile

Our need for a lit­tle tran­quil­lity in our busy lives means we will al­ways have a spe­cial place in our hearts for calm­ing colours. But there’s a new shade giv­ing soft greys and gen­tle beige a run for their money. Sage green. ‘In colour psy­chol­ogy, green rep­re­sents life, growth, re­newal and the en­vi­ron­ment,’ says in­te­rior de­signer Mel Massey.

‘It can be earthy and warm or cool and sil­very, but it’s al­ways more pleas­ing than chal­leng­ing.’

‘If you’re paint­ing an en­tire room, pick­ing the right fin­ish is key,’ ad­vises Ja­son de Kauwe at Valspar. ‘Sage can be quite muted, so go for an eggshell fin­ish to com­ple­ment other tex­tures in the room.’

Pep­ping up sage with pops of colour will stop it fad­ing into the back­ground. Pas­tels are a great choice – par­tic­u­larly pinky or co­ral hues. Al­ter­na­tively, metallics can work magic (brass and cop­per ac­cents in par­tic­u­lar work well). Sage and blue is an­other pop­u­lar pair­ing: Far­row & Ball sug­gests com­bin­ing Pitch Blue with Calke Green to cre­ate a cheery scheme. ‘For a more mas­cu­line vibe, mix geo­met­ric tiles or palm tree wall­pa­per in greys and blacks with

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT Im­pe­rial Green wall­pa­per, £50 a roll, Gra­ham & Brown; cel­e­brat­ing green’s deca­dent side, sage is the per­fect foil for a deeper, more in­dul­gent shade; Mel­low Sage matt emul­sion: £18 for 2.5L, Crown; Calke Greenes­tate emul­sion, £45 for 2.5L, Far­row & Ball; Sooth­ing SagePremium Blend V700 Walls & Ceil­ings, £28 for 2.5L, Valspar; Ar­ti­choke green lamp, from £295, Rosanna Lons­dale; white con­trasts crisply with sage walls, draw­ing at­ten­tion to orig­i­nal ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails; Jaipurcush­ion, £30, Christy

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