Getting it right
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.
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