If you haven’t already noticed, sage green has been popping up everywhere. From kitchen appliances to sofas and walls, this energising colour has been dubbed the “new neutral”. We show you how to incorporate it into your home.

Finding balance

According to Guy Harris of Newport Lighting, this herbaceous shade adds freshness to any space. “A strong and healing tone, it’s ideal for crafting a soothing and nurturing environment.”

Alon Sachs of Mobelli Outdoor + Living agrees. “Reminiscent of nature, this versatile shade creates a sense of calm in the home. Plus, it helps create harmony between the indoor and outdoor living spaces.”

Perennial appeal

“Sage is a timeless shade and works well in both traditional and contemporary interiors,” says Charles Gonsenhauser from Gonsenhausers Fine Rugs. Depending on the tone, this versatile addition to your décor palette can add a pop of woodland-inspired colour or serve as a cool neutral.

When it comes to colour companions, options abound. “It works well with an array of neutrals, plus blues and yellows. Sage also pairs well with an array of organic materials like timber and metals such as brass and gold,” explains Karin Cawthorne from KARE.

Get the look

This earthy shade of green has many different nuances, so pick one that works best for your home.

Cool respite

Plascon’s Soft Composition range boasts a selection of wabi-sabi-inspired greens that will transform any room into a tranquil haven.

Plascon

Statement pieces

Use this soothing shade to infuse your living spaces with an outdoor-inspired look and feel. Or evoke a sense of old-world charm with retro-inspired Aunt Betty cocktail chair and Rimini Green two-seater sofa, both from KARE. Visit www.kare-design.com

KARE Aunt Betty cocktail chair

KARE Rimini Green two-seater sofa

The Montrose dining chair in pale sage leatherette quilted fabric shows the modern side of fine dining. Available from Mobelli Furniture + Living. Visit www.mobelli.co.za

Mobelli Montrose dining chair

Pops of colour

“If sage green is too big a commitment, opt for smaller pieces,” suggests Cawthorne.

Introduce subtle nuances of nature to your living room with the Jacky side table or Piedra coffee table. Available from KARE. Visit www.kare-design.com

KARE Jacky side table

KARE Piedra coffee table

Round off any look with the Barfly green vase filled with sprigs of fine foliage. Available from KARE. Visit www.kare-design.com

KARE Barfly green vase

These elegant paisley scatter cushions in Feather Green are easy to coordinate with greys and neutrals. Available from Mobelli Furniture + Living. Visit www.mobelli.co.za

Mobelli paisley scatter cushions

Interest underfoot

“Rugs are a good place to start when decorating, as it informs and anchors the rest of your scheme,” says Gonsenhauser. Opt for a semi-antique patchwork design, or plain Tibetan rug, both from Gonsenhausers Fine Rugs. Visit www.finerugs.co.za

Gonsenhausers semi-antique patchwork design

Gonsenhausers Tibetan rug

Lightbulb moment

“Green tones work beautifully with warm white light,” says Harris. To create a serene atmosphere in a room, attach a white light bulb to the Anglepoise Type 75 Margaret Howell desk lamp in Seagrass from Newport Lighting. Visit www.newport.co.za

Newport Lighting Anglepoise Type 75 Margaret Howell desk lamp

Often paired with organic shapes, green works well for accent lighting, such as the Faro Lula lamp from Newport Lighting. Visit www.newport.co.za

Newport Lighting Faro Lula lamp

Kitchen cool

Add a bold stroke of saturated sage to your kitchen with the Aga City 60 Contemporary cast-iron cooker. Or turn it down a notch with the Living Nostalgia steel compost bin from Yuppiechef. Visit www.agaliving.co.za and www.yuppiechef.com

Aga City 60 Contemporary cast-iron cooker

Living Nostalgia steel compost bin