Colour Story : Sage Green

Green is having a serious moment right now; and I am so into it, even my apartment is scattered with forest green accents. Refreshing and calming, green is the perfect way to breathe some life into your home. The design industry has had an increased interest in sage green of late as it’s one of those shades that identify with many interior design styles, and with Hamptons and Modern Coastal still trending it’s no wonder we’re seeing so much of it.

If you’ve had your eye on this beautiful colour but are unsure how to use it, read on for some hot tips on using sage in your new build or renovation.

Kitchen

Image credit: DC Living

Image credit: DC Living

Bring your kitchen to life with feature cabinetry. If you’re not comfortable decking out the entire space in green, ideal spots for features are overhead cabinetry and island bar backs. Paired with classic whites and natural timber tones, sage is the perfect complement to a light and bright home. To give those features some extra character, jump onboard the VJ panel or shaker cabinetry bandwagon. My go-to picks for cabinetry colours are Formica Indian Sage for melamine, and Dulux Kimberley Tree, Sage Green or Garden Pond for a two-pac finish.

Bathroom

No longer solely an instrument of practicality, tiles are fast becoming an effective way to make a bold statement, albeit a rather permanent statement. If you’re on a budget or you prefer a simpler look, stick with splashbacks and shower niches for your sage green features. Top picks from National Tiles are Aria Sage and the Ming Green Mosaic ranges.

Photo credit: Kast Concrete

Photo credit: Kast Concrete

For something unique, consider installing a green basin. Check out Nood Co, Robert Gordon and Concrete Nation for some beautiful options in the sage colourway.

Feature Walls

A much less permanent option for bringing in a colour such as sage green is the humble yet effective feature wall. Keep it simple with a lick of paint or source a removable wallpaper online. Or replicate some Queenslander character by installing some VJ panels. My favourite tried and tested sage paint colours are Dulux Kimberley Tree, Sage Green and Garden Pond.

Accessories

If you’re anything like me your decor will change at least once a year, so to bring in sage green without the lifetime commitment stick with accessories that can be changed up when you’re over the trend. My favourites to change up regularly are cushions, throws, bed linen, pendant lights and plant pots.

Dulux Colour Forecast 2019

Toward the end of 2018 Dulux released Filter, their Colour Forecast for 2019. As a designer I was naturally intrigued to hear their point of view about what’s trending, what’s forecast to be a hit, and how it all relates to how we live. Colour is, after all how we choose to express ourselves as human beings.

The forecast for 2019 focuses on creating a calm amongst the storm we call life, filtering out the noise so we can focus on the important things. Dulux states ‘it’s all about creating your happy place and living your best life.” Yes, I rolled my eyes too.

Millennial cliche’s aside, this forecast has some real substance, full of botanical hues & earthy tones, embracing colours with depth and warmth that would otherwise be tossed aside by the untrained eye. There are also some bold af colours trending so brace yourselves, friends.

Side note: Sayonara, pastel pink and grey. I won’t miss you.

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Image credit: UnSplash


Repair

It’s time to reignite our love affair with all things nature, bring the outdoors in, and embrace the colours that the earth has provided us. Think muddy browns and golds, forest and sage greens, ocean and sky blues. Pair up a selection of these colours with warm timbers, rough brick textures, raw concrete, rattan furniture and natural linens. To really round up this theme, curate your space with a mixture of vintage and new modern pieces.

Although not a new trend by any stretch, Repair is a theme that remains strong coming into the new year.

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Image credit: Dulux.com.au


Wholeself

And breathe… Wholeself is here to help you switch off, declutter your mind and soak up the serenity. The aim of the game for this part of the forecast is to create a space to be ‘in the moment’ as it were.

Most people are daunted by the thought of purple in their homes, but there’s no weird Willy Wonka stuff going on here I promise.

Wholeself is a palette of muted mauves, quiet teal blues and soft terracottas. When paired with soft textural elements, natural timber and punchy gold accents, you’ll have yourself a soothing sanctuary promoting relaxation and wellbeing.

Image credit: Dulux.com.au

Image credit: Dulux.com.au


Legacy

To be quite honest, this section of the forecast was a little harder to grasp. I’ll go ahead and blame the holidays for that! But the concept is really quite simple; Legacy “calls up history’s most cherished classics and icons and adapts them to fit a new, modern vision.”

Think iconic furniture pieces and architectural elements from eras gone by, a curated selection of sculptural items on display, and bold blocks of saturated hues, all mashed together to create a modern yet eclectic space. Pair these off with lighter shades for balance, textural layers and some funky patterns.

Footnote: Be bold or go home.

Image credit: Dulux.com.au

Image credit: Dulux.com.au


Identity

Another theme to be approached with gusto, Identity is here to unleash the real you. It’s all about making a statement, and basically gives us permission to break all the rules.

Want to paint your staircase green? Go ahead! Pink and red together in the same room? Hell yes! Love yourself some Colonel Mustard in the Dining Room? See below….

Image credit: Dulux.com.au

Image credit: Dulux.com.au