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Sage advice: This earthy green hue is fast becoming a hit in UK homes

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Sage advice: This earthy green hue is good for the soul – and fast becoming the shade of the year

The desire for serenity by bringing the outside indoors is why sage green is becoming the go-to colour in our homes.

Indeed, when it comes to what’s known as biophilic design — a connection to the environment in every aspect of a home — sage green leads the field.

No surprise, then, that Hollywood stars have cottoned on to this fashionable hue. When the sage green kitchen in the LA home of actress Dakota Johnson featured in Architectural Digest magazine, lame jokes were made about the Fifty Shades Of Grey star’s choice of palette.

Serene green: Sage cabinets in the LA kitchen of actress Dakota Johnson featured in Architectural Digest magazine

Serene green: Sage cabinets in the LA kitchen of actress Dakota Johnson featured in Architectural Digest magazine

But the mid-century style kitchen, with glass-fronted cabinets, is both smart and wholesome.

Swoon, the design-led furniture brand, is among those reporting a surge in searches for sage green paints and sofas. And it’s even being called the ‘new neutral’, as it goes with grey, beige, black and just about everything else.

Eager to let sage green work its power on your home? Here’s a guide to its use.

Country kitchens

Sage green can be used alone in a kitchen or mixed with natural woods. Its matt organic look gives a rural touch to a city pad.

Tom Howley, of Tom Howley Kitchens, says the shade is popular among customers who like the idea of the Cotswolds, but would not move there.

‘Even those who don’t want to give up the buzz of city life are redefining their homes with a country-style narrative and sage green is perfect for this,’ he says.

His range includes a Shaker-style sage green kitchen.

Howdens also offers the Fairford, another Shaker-style kitchen available in sage green.

If a kitchen makeover seems anything but relaxing, a single piece, such as a £299 farmhouse table with sage green legs from the Cotswolds Company, brings you closer to fields and meadows.

Warm bathrooms

The colour brings a certain warmth that grey and beige cannot deliver, especially when teamed with these neutrals. 

Quorn Stone’s smoked green porcelain floor and wall tiles could turn a chilly white bathroom into a chill-out zone.

Another route would be to paint the walls with Dulux’s Heritage range sage green in bathroom finish.

Just a few items in sage green will bring the outdoors inside, such as Habitat’s £80 Freja cabinet, or Homescapes Turkish towels (from 99p).

Luscious living rooms

The ascent of sage green could rob emerald green of its crown as the most fashionable shade for sofas.

The Habitat Hendricks three-seater sofa is made of a hard-wearing linen-look fabric (£1,200). Sage green armchairs are almost as sought-after. The Anboise Fortingall velvet armchair is £1,500.

High demand: The Anboise Fortingall velvet armchair is £1,500

High demand: The Anboise Fortingall velvet armchair is £1,500

And Swoon’s Munich oversized armchair is £999.

Accessories add the sage green laid-back vibe. The Range has a £64.99 wool throw while Not On The High Street has a £24.99 spider plant in a sage green pot.

Dunelm’s Arts & Crafts line includes the £25 Havisham cushion in blue, cream and sage green.

Calming bedrooms

Bedding represents the ideal way to enjoy the calm-inducing qualities of sage green for less.

The Made.com Alexia kingsize cotton duvet cover costs £59 and the Graham & Green sumptuous velvet super-kingsize quilt is £260.

The simplest way to bring sage green into any room is to pick up a paintbrush.

The options include shades such as Detox and Home Green from Coat, a sustainable brand, Farrow & Ball Sap Green and Little Greene’s Sage Green.

And Dakota Johnson’s sage green paint selection is somewhat unnervingly called Alligator Alley.

What your home really needs is a… noticeboard 

What’s  the price of a well-organised household? The answer could be just £4.36, which is the cost of a cork noticeboard from B&M (£2.49), plus a packet of 30 push pins (£1.87) from WHSmith.

The payback from this low-tech solution can be huge, which is why your home needs one.

Wayfair 's mesh wall-mounted bulletin board (£65.99) offers plenty  of space to peg lists and cards

Wayfair ‘s mesh wall-mounted bulletin board (£65.99) offers plenty  of space to peg lists and cards

Not only can you attach the obvious stuff such as a rota for domestic chores and children’s drawings, but it can also serve as a place to display pictures of interiors you would like to copy.

Argos offers a cork and white-board for £19. 

But Wayfair has fancier options, such as the £70.99 slate magnetic board or the mesh wall-mounted bulletin board (£65.99) onto which you peg lists and cards.

A noticeboard can also help you plan future holidays. From Butler & Hill, you can buy a £39.99 board with a world map background. 

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Hotel Indigo debuts in Austria

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Hotel Indigo opened its first hotel in Austria, Hotel Indigo Vienna – Naschmarkt. Located a short walk from the city’s historic center, the hotel offers 158 guest rooms, a rooftop garden resembling an urban jungle, a restaurant, and a lobby bar.

 

Taking inspiration from a famed local architect, Otto Wagner, a key member of the Secessionist movement, guests will find touches of gold used throughout the fixtures in the bathrooms as well as intricate patterns, made famous by Otto, woven into the carpet design in the hallway, and the tiles behind reception. Otto’s love for gold, Art Nouveau design, and ornate patterns can also be seen at famous local buildings such as the Majolikahaus, a short walk from the hotel. From ground level, the building looks innocuous, but as guests look skywards, they will see the top floors are decorated with exquisitely sumptuous floral motifs in brightly colored porcelain and gold leaf, a hallmark of the new style.

 

Stefanie Augustin, General Manager, Hotel Indigo Vienna – Naschmarkt, commented: “We are pleased to open our doors and accept our first guests into the first Hotel Indigo in Austria. We sit in the heart of the surrounding neighbourhood and strive to make all the locals proud, by helping to bring a bit of that external story in so guests can truly experience what Vienna has to offer.”

 

 

 

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Tolent secures Newcastle resi project (GB)

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Tolent will put up 135 ‘ultra-modern’ system-build homes, with designs selected from an architectural competition. Sunderland’s new Vaux neighborhood, being built on the site of an old brewery, will eventually have 1,000 homes, according to the plans, as part of a drive to double the number of people living in the city centre. The homes will stand alongside The Beam and City Hall – the latest development to rise from the ground at Riverside Sunderland. Construction work on the scheme is expected to start within weeks, forming the first of the new distinct neighbourhoods that will create city centre housing for up to 2,500 residents.

 

The properties are based on the winning designs in the Homes of 2030 competition, which was launched in March 2020, and managed by the Royal Institute of British Architects, to encourage the design of environmentally-friendly homes that support people in leading independent, fulfilling lives as society ages.? Construction work on the development is due to start this summer and the first tranche of homes should be completed by the end of 2023.

 

Sunderland City Council leader Graeme Miller said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have taken this final step to get work started on our flagship residential scheme at Riverside Sunderland. The housing developments on Riverside Sunderland will be world-class, and Tolent is an ideal partner to deliver them, based locally and capable of building these aspirational homes.”

 

Tolent chief executive Paul Webster said: “Vaux neighbourhood is an amazing project that showcases the strides being taken in Sunderland to modernise the city centre. The world-class houses being built will provide a community fit for the future and an archetype for sustainable housing. As a truly local business, we are proud to be involved in the project and to showcase our ability to meet and exceed the capabilities of national contractors on a local level. The project will complement a number of local landmarks that we have constructed including The Beam, Beacon of Light and Echo Building. We have been working closely with the entire team since being appointed preferred bidder back in September and we can’t wait to get started.”

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BlackRock acquires Dagenham urban logistics development (GB)

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A joint venture (JV) between Chancerygatea fund managed by Credit Suisse Asset Management, and Hines has forward sold a 172,000ft² urban logistics development in Dagenham to a fund managed by BlackRock for an undisclosed sum. Dagenham Council has approved plans to speculatively build 15 Grade A urban logistics and industrial units at the development which is called Zephyr Park. The units range from 5,490ft² to 34,670ft² and are available leasehold and freehold. Construction is due to commence in August this year. The six-acre site was previously owned by wholesale electrical distributor Rexel UKSituated on Rainham Road between the A12 and A13, Zephyr Park is located less than half a mile from Hackman Capital Partners and Dagenham Council’s proposed €348.5m (£300m) film and TV studios.

 

Chancerygate managing director, Richard Bains, said: “Zephyr Park will be an outstanding urban logistics development which will generate continued investment and job creation for Dagenham. Forward selling Zephyr Park to BlackRock shows the strength in urban logistics as an asset class. It is also a testament to the high specification, a sustainable product we build as it attracts businesses to locate to our developments ensuring they are best placed to continue to grow. We look forward to working with Hines and BlackRock to deliver Zephyr Park and expect to achieve practical completion in summer 2023.”

 

Greg Cooper, Hines managing director, industrial and logistics, added: “We are pleased to have executed this opportunity to recycle this asset, with the value generated illustrating the unabating demand for high-quality logistics developments. It is an asset class which remains a key focus for Hines in the UK, and we are continuing to explore opportunities to grow our portfolio of both big box and urban facilities.”

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