Get­ting it right

Living Etc - - AGENDA -

TRY IT OUT ‘Do use sam­ple paint boards – and make sure they aren’t postage-stamp size,’ says in­te­rior de­signer Mel Massey. ‘Use de­cent-sized boards so you can see how the colours work in the space and move them around to see how they play with the light.’

pick a part­ner ‘Do let sage work with other colours,’ says Ja­son de kauwe of Valspar. ‘It’s a calm­ing shade but you don’t want it to fade into the back­ground. Bal­ance and brighten it by pair­ing it with bold choices such as mil­len­nial pink, bright white or even cop­per ac­cents.’

seek YOUR shade ‘Don’t be over­whelmed by the ar­ray of sages on the mar­ket,’ says in­te­rior de­signer Mel Massey. ‘pick a par­tic­u­lar shade that you love and get some sam­ples of sim­i­lar colours.’

Tap INTO TEX­TURE ‘To make your room truly pop, in­cor­po­rate com­ple­men­tary tex­tures,’ says Ja­son de kauwe of Valspar. ‘sage can be balanced with light wood, crisp white fur­ni­ture or matt black hard­ware.’

CLOCK­WISE FROM LEFT Sage and blush cre­ate a cute com­bi­na­tion in this up­beat din­ing space, where the pink hue adds a gen­er­ous dose of warmth to the cool green; Mel­low Sage matt emul­sion, £18 for 2.5L, Crown; 16 Cosma doc­tor’s cabi­net, £575, Out There In­te­ri­ors sage,’ says Mel Massey. ‘Or, us­ing laven­der plants as inspiration, com­bine sage and a deep pur­ple for a rich, dense in­te­rior – not for the faint-hearted!’As un­ex­pected pair­ings go, try yel­low and sage. ‘It re­minds me of hot summer days in the Med,’ says Massey. Feel­ing more deca­dent? ‘To cre­ate a warm, dark and moody space, I’d use a dark green such as ob­sid­ian on the walls, then sage on the wood­work and ceil­ing,’ ex­plains Massey. ‘To bal­ance the in­ten­sity, in­cor­po­rate plenty of plants and soft tex­tures, such as a sheep­skin rug, with colour pops from cush­ions or throws.’ Colour tem­per­a­ture is the key to mix­ing sage. ‘Don’t use a warm colour with a cold one,’ warns Massey. ‘Learn­ing the dif­fer­ence will make iden­ti­fy­ing your base and ac­cents much eas­ier.’ Sage ad­vice in­deed.

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CLOCK­WISE FROM ABOVE LEFT Deco cock­tail £6, Cu­ri­ous Egg; Sal­vadore in­door/out­door rug, from £14.99, Car­petright; Jasper two-seater sofa in Sage smart vel­vet, £1,640, Sofa.com

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