Japanese Gardens and Sage Interiors

Here at jmm PR, we have been scouring the internet for our favourite articles of the week.

This week brings ideas for a Japanese-style garden as well as tips on decorating your home with sage green.

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Livingetc – Japanese garden ideas: 8 of the best ways to add a some calming zen to your outdoor space

Missing out on a holiday to Japan? Why not bring a piece of the country to your doorstep! Japanese gardens are designed to be a place to relax, so they’re perfect if that’s the effect you want your garden to bring. They’re also ideal for a small garden as they can be very minimalistic and will use illusion tactics to make a space feel bigger. This article by Livingetc has some easy tips on creating your very own Japanese-style garden.

Maple and Acer trees are very common in Japanese gardens as they will focus less on having as many plants as possible and more on generating space, so it’s important that the few plants included matter. For this reason, Acers and Maples are perfect for their vivid colours. Speaking of bright colours, Camellias are another go-to choice as they bloom during the colder months, which make them perfect for bringing life to the garden during the chillier times of the year. And it wouldn’t be a Japanese-inspired garden without bamboo, a much more minimalistic plant than the previous two options. On top of this, bamboo can bring more coverage as it can grow up to four metres tall. Creating more privacy is essential for a Japanese garden as this is supposed to be a place you can visit to forget about the troubles of the world, so seclusion is vital.

Water is also a crucial inclusion to a Japanese garden as the sound of trickling water in particular can be very soothing. Create this effect by having a pond with a waterfall or stones in it, or even a fountain. You can also have koi fish in your pond which will further create a more Japanese-inspired look in the garden.

A signature addition to a Japanese garden will be a stone path leading to an area which is otherwise hidden from sight. You can also have these going round the perimeter of the garden in a circle to create an area to stroll around. When picking the right furniture or accessories, remember that Japanese furniture styles are very minimalistic yet elegant. Seating is usually very low down and made out of natural wood with simple colours and in terms of lighting, lanterns are an excellent choice.

Would you like a Japanese-style garden? Let us know in the comments!

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Good Homes – 7 ways to decorate your home with sage green

Sage green has grown in popularity in recent years, with many of us now choosing to incorporate the colour into our interior design plans. Providing a nature-inspired, calming atmosphere, the colour is highly versatile, meaning it works well in each and every corner of the home. With the added benefits of perfectly complementing neutral shades like white and grey, as well as being a timeless colour that works well in both summer and winter months, it’s no wonder sage interiors are at the top of everyone’s wish list! This article from Good Homes offers up some helpful tips for utilising the colour in your home, along with some stunning inspiration too.

The easiest and most effective way of introducing sage into your interior design is with soft furnishings, like the beautiful bedding set and rug featured in this article. According to Good Homes, there are a variety of different ways to use the colour, depending on the look you are hoping to achieve. Calm and soothing sage works best with other earthy tones, whereas those of us looking to create a cooler feel should blend the colour with blues or greys. On the other hand, if you want to create more warmth, pinks, mauves, coffee or caramel shades all work perfectly with sage.

If you’d prefer to ease sage into your home gently, introducing the colour through accessories is a great way to achieve this! We love the glasses from Ikea that are featured in the article, which are decorated with green biophilic leaf motifs and would be perfect for dining alfresco this summer. If, on the other hand, you’d like to use the colour to make more of a statement, the stunning porcelain tiles from Ca’ Pietra are sure to add a vibrant touch to your space. Our favourite pick in the article is the beautiful pendant lamp from Bloomingville, which we think would look stunning in a bedroom or living room.

If you’re not quite sold on sage green interiors, this article is sure to convert you! It’s also perfect for anyone looking for design advice or inspiration. Have you got any sage green items in your home? Let us know in the comments section!


Jess and Steph at jmm PR

28th May 2021

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