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Seeing Green: Shades of Shamrock

Start decorating for spring with these St. Patrick’s Day-inspired design ideas

Written by Emily Benda

Let the luck of the Irish be on your side this St. Patrick’s Day by taking note from some of our favorite ways to decorate with green. It’s a perfect color to transition into spring and prevent a pinch from the leprechaun. 


Photo: Werner Straube / Design: Corey Damen Jenkins

A new shade of green can breathe new life into a room. Forest green walls make a dramatic impact in this entry when combined with white crown molding and dark hardwood floors. Golden accents welcome guests in an elegant, traditional style. See more from this Detroit home.

Leaf-green fabric from Scalamandre says St. Patrick’s Day and spring-ready. Its simple damask design hints at florals (or shamrocks!) and adds personality. 


Photo: John Merkl / Design: Annie Lowengart

This room sports a daring all-green coloration with bold grass green walls. A cheetah print ottoman subtly ties in the color while a textured neutral rug balances the green palette. Check out this Napa Valley showhouse.

Freshen up your space with this spirited apple-green rug from Loloi. The geometric and floral motifs enliven the piece to bring some cheery spring fever into your home this season.

Bring the colors of nature indoors with this Osborne & Little sage colored wallpaper. Willowy white silhouettes intertwine to create a soft, organic pattern.

Currey & Company’s "Zephyr" table lamp features a unique, organic shape set atop an acrylic base. Smokey green lends itself to the holiday but also as a year-round classic. 


Photo: Gordon Beall / Design: Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey

If olives and emeralds seem too dark for you, go bright! Here, green serves as a fun and colorful accent color fitting for spring. Turquoise piping enhances lime chairs; plaid pillows and pink striped curtains are a sweet complement. Click through this Washington, D.C., home.

This one-of-a-kind rug is hand-knotted in Pakistan and features lovely damask motifs. With a traditional design in a vibrant color, this rug has a fresh take on classic design.  

Bring verdant color to the table with the Arcades five piece place setting by Philippe Deshoulieres. Perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner, the white porcelain dishes with a green and gold accent border are sure to dazzle your guests.  

Layer walls in subtle texture with this small scale 'bird’s egg' speckle wallpaper from Cole & Son. This pale shade complements most interiors and radiates of springy March.   


Photo: Emily Followill / Design: Katie Rosenfeld

Dare to go tropical with your St. Patrick’s green inspiration. This nook is brightened with chairs upholstered in lime and window treatments in vivid, citrusy colors. Check out this colorful home.

Turn heads this St. Paddy's day with Made Goods'  vibrant malachite-like bench. Made of green tab shell and with cut corners for sleek detail, this bench makes a bold addition to your room. 

Green doesn’t have to be one flat shade only. This Duralee fabric in emerald with hints of black and yellow creates interest with its sponge paint design. 

Celebrate the day of the Irish with festive cocktails served in St. Louis Tommy martini glasses. Mouthblown and handcut, the ornately decorated glass is a stunning shade of emerald. 


Photo: Werner Straube / Design: Cricket Burns

Allow green to inform outdoor décor with fun throw pillows and other accessories. On this terrace, pillows with a palm print and fringe mix well with grass green throws. The thatched palapa umbrella creates intimacy, and the bright pillows bring out the matching green accents of the rug. Tour this showhouse.

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