The new neutral: sage décor.

Sage is the colour of healing and serenity. It’s also a colour that will outlast passing fads, since it acts as both a neutral nuance and a colourful decorative feature. We’ve gathered the most harmonious colour combinations and the most ingenious ideas for using sage indoors. We’ve also got some exciting travel tips so you can see sage in its natural habitat.

In the last few years, we have been living increasingly fast-paced lifestyles. We’re available online any time, any place: it’s hard to find time to retreat into a mindful moment. In response, interior design is now creating spaces which encourage a more peaceful way of living. Designers use a colour scheme to embody serenity, balance and subtle beauty. Sage is just one shade in this scheme which creates an immediate, mellow peacefulness. What’s so special about sage is that it stays neutral, while bringing a subtle colour to any space.

Let’s look at the colour combinations that harmonise with sage and eye some ideas for using it in a variety of interiors. Since sage itself contains grey hues, adding it to the latest grey in-vogue interiors is the most obvious complementary colour combination. A grey or dark green wall can form the perfect backdrop for sage accessories. The cool side of this serene hue reaches its full potential when combined with contrasting warm materials like velvet. A sage velvet armchair, cushions and a pouf are the perfect key pieces to begin with. Materials such as ceramics, or natural fabrics like the woven rugs from Fabula Living or the bed linen from Georg Jensen Damask, can also provide a sense of warmth.

Sage-colored Tilia rug from Fabula Living

  • Rug from Fabula Living

Georg Jensen Damask bed linen interior

  • Bed linen from Georg Jensen Damask

Collage of sage-colored interior design products from the Ambiente fair

  • 1 Throw from Silkeborg Uldspinderi
  • 2 Vase from Bloomingville
  • 3 Wall lamp from It’s about RoMi
  • 4 Desk from Hübsch
  • 5 Pouf from Green Apple
  • 6 Cocktail chair from KARE Design
  • 7 Fruit bowl from Serax
  • 8 Cushion from Eichholtz
  • 9 Cushion from Aspegren Denmark

Pastel green Unico dish from Kähler

  • Dish from Kähler

Segments candleholder from Skagerak, designed by Anton Björsing

  • Candleholder from Skagerak

In the kitchen and dining areas, sage ceramics can be combined with taupe, grey and green glassware – and equally with other muted shades in rose, cream and blue-grey. Natural wooden, concrete or ceramic elements, perhaps a kitchen counter or wooden table, cultivate a sense of wellbeing and complement the sage accessories. We love statement pieces in this colour code, like the tea pot from Bredemeijer.

Sage-colored design tableware from Dibbern

  • Tableware from Dibbern

Mint green thermos jug from Nordal

  • Thermos Jug from Nordal

Collage of sage-colored design tableware from the Ambiente fair

  • 1 Tableware from BITZ
  • 2 Tablecloth from Linum
  • 3 Water glass from Lene Bjerre
  • 4 Tea pot from Bredemeijer
  • 5 Coaster from Images d’Orient
  • 6 Bowls with lids from Zone Denmark

The bathroom is one key space where we love to spend a serene moment. Whether it’s a shower curtain, a ceramic or bath accessory, or a hand soap like this lovely one from Meraki, sage accents around the room will set a relaxing spa-side tone.

Collage of sage-colored products for the bathroom from the Ambiente fair

  • 1 Shower curtain from Södahl
  • 2 Wall decoration from Dôme Deco
  • 3 Hand soap from Meraki
  • 4 Pocket mirror from SIRO/Prince Keyford
  • 5 Box from G&C Interiors

Sage-colored bathroom accessories from Lind DNA

  • Bathroom accessories from Lind DNA

A simple interior tip for this colour code: how about a fresh sage plant pot with a bouquet of eucalyptus branches to accompany your other decorative objects?

If you’re a true sage-seeker, you might want to find places where people are on your wavelength. How about these travel examples?

Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Miami

The interior concept here is based on a neutral beige and white colour palette. Sage hues are intricately interwoven into the textiles, and even the marble. The hotel’s restaurant is a real highlight, featuring sage chairs among the white, wood and green.

Sage-colored interior design of the Four Seasons Surf Club in Miami

Sage-colored interior design of a bedroom of the Four Seasons Surf Club in Miami

Flora Danica, Paris

The interior of upscale Danish brasserie Flora Danica on the Champs-Elysées is a beautiful fusion of rich, sumptuous materials with sage, grey and green. This place is all about warmth and serenity.

Sage-colored interior design of the Flora Danica brasserie in Paris

Soho House Berlin, Germany

This is a members’ club and hotel that celebrates contrasting colours and materials and adds a twist of retro style. Just look at these beautiful deep blue velvet elements mixed with the sage green!

Sage-colored bedroom in the Soho House Berlin

Sage-colored interior design of the lounge in the Soho House Berlin