Scheme of THE MONTH Chic ways with sage
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