{friday finds: decorating with green}

Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years – giving us lots of traditions and inspiration to draw from!

For example, some St. Patrick’s Day traditions and symbols include:

  • The shamrock: The shamrock was chosen Ireland’s national emblem because of the legend that St. Patrick had used it to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity.
  • Leprechauns: The name leprechaun comes from the old Irish word “luchorpan” which means “little body.” A leprechaun is an Irish fairy who looks like a small, old man about 2 feet tall. He is often dressed like a shoemaker, with a crooked hat and a leather apron.
  • The harp: The harp is an ancient musical instrument used in Ireland for centuries. It is also a symbol of Ireland. It appears on Irish coins, the presidential flag, state seals, uniforms, and official documents.

And of course, the color green! Believe it or not, the color of St. Patrick was not actually green, but blue. But in the 19th century green became used as a symbol for Ireland. In Ireland, there is plenty of rain and mist, making the ‘Emerald Isle’ green all year-round. The beautiful green landscape was probably the inspiration for the national color.

Wearing the color green is considered an act of paying tribute to Ireland. It is said that it also brings good luck, especially when worn on St. Patrick’s Day. We think it never hurts to bring a little luck o’ the Irish into your home with some green design either!

green benjamin moore paint

House Beautiful

This room is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Forest Moss. “When you paint the trim the same color as the walls, it brings your eye up. It’s like wearing a black skirt, black stockings, and black high heels. It makes you looks taller.” -Meg Braff, designer

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{irish design}

Top o’ the mornin’ to you! With St. Patrick’s Day getting closer, now is the time to take note of Irish design and the many ways to add green to your home. Why green on St. Partick’s Day? In addition to green being one of the colors in Ireland’s tri-color flag, Ireland is also known as the “Emerald Isle” for its lush green landscape. Today, people around the world have come to associate green with this holiday, named for Ireland’s patron saint.

The color green is associated with nature, health, and wealth. Find the perfect hue for your home, which can be used in any room. Wake up each morning to a vibrant shade of jade, lime, or sea green, as used in this master bedroom, and step into your day refreshed and energized.

House Beautiful

If you’re seeking a pot of gold – one of St. Patrick’s Day most prominent symbols – you’re in luck! Gold accents and metallic trims can be used on window treatments, furniture, and artwork throughout your house. Make your bathroom a luxurious masterpiece with gold tile and fixtures.


Add Irish design and Celtic inspired pieces to your living quarters by incorporating classic symbols, like spirals, crosses, and knots. Lamps, rugs, and wallpaper borders can provide a subtle hint to Irish roots.

Irish on Grand

If, however, at the end of the day, you’d like to retreat to a traditional Irish pub without making your way to Ireland, relax in a replica in the privacy of your own home.

Glen Gallery

Irish eyes can be smiling this St. Patty’s Day and every day by incorporating Irish design in your home!

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