Living Space: 9 ways to go green for St. Patrick's Day
By Kathryn Weber
March 13, 2014 at midnight
Updated March 12, 2014 at 10:13 p.m.
Americans love to celebrate holidays from other countries - especially those of countries that are the ancestral homes of many U.S. citizens.
St. Patrick's Day may top the list of such beloved celebrations. But you don't have to have a grandmother from the Emerald Isle to appreciate this festive holiday. Give your home an Irish touch with these decorating tips:
- Go green in florals. Sometimes, the best greenery is simply that - greenery. Try filling vases with fresh leaves and branches. Or go with green flowers like that favorite and oh so apropos example: lanky stems of Bells of Ireland.
- Paint a room green. Green has come a long way from the days when avocado appliances were all the rage. There's a whole palette of greens available now that feel soothing to vibrant. Choose mint, celery or sage for a calming effect or rock a room in trendy lime or chartreuse.
- Go green in the kitchen. A salad doesn't have to be the only green thing in the kitchen. Try painting your cabinets green. It's calming and will give the space a fresh, vibrant feel. Try shades like Fresh Cut Grass or Sherwood Green by Benjamin Moore.
- Take a seat in green. Not daring enough to paint a whole room green? Just add a spot o' the green with a green slipper chair that looks good with almost any style of decor ($89, Deco Solid Green slipper chair).
- Craft a shamrock table runner. Using a free printable template, cut out 10-inch felt shamrocks. Use whip stitches or fabric glue to attach the segments to each other and you've got a striking holiday runner. Double the size of the shamrocks for St. Pat's place mats.
- Plant some shamrocks. Also known as oxalis, shamrock plants come in shades from pale green to deep purple. They sport dainty white or pink blooms and will make a bright addition to your garden. Oxalis can also be grown indoors by a sunny window.
- Walk on green. Bring the look and feel of fresh green grass indoors with Green Market Resort's rectangle green rug that evokes grass but doesn't need mowing ($108).
- Think vibrant shades. Kelly green isn't the only bright green on the block. Look at colors like Neon Lime by Benjamin Moore. Check out Sherwin-Williams' Jitterbug Jade for a fresh take on teal or Center Stage for a new shade of green with a lemon twist.
- Take it to the plate. A touch of green in your dishes could even make your meal look healthier. Try Waverly's green and ivory paisley dinnerware set for a pretty green table ($65). For unbreakable dishes and style, go for Pier 1's Trellis dinnerware. Made in melamine, it's a great look indoors or on the patio.
Kathryn Weber is a home and decorating columnist and publishes the Red Lotus Letter feng shui ezine. For more information, contact Weber through her web site, redlotusletter.com.