Eight decorative ways to green your home

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St Patrick's Day is almost upon us but instead of going crazy with the shamrock shades choose instead to go au natural by investing in soft restful shades of green that will help to bring a serene sense of nature into your home. The dimpled mirror effect used here on the corridor ceiling and wardrobe doors bedrooms at the Sir Joan Hotel on the Balearic island of Ibiza is actually tempered stainless steel fabricated for Amsterdam and Tel Aviv-based design and architecture firm Baranowitz and Kronenberg by Italian company Castelli, which did all the outfitting on this project. The super soft shade of green on the walls is by Natural Paint Colour, colour reference S 3010-R90B, and specially mixed for the job. baranowitzkronenberg.com; bkarc.com; paolocastelli.com; ncscolour.com


London design practice DeSalles Flint and KD Kozikowski Design are responsible for the fresh look of Puro's new hotel in the Polish city of Gdansk. Situated at Granary Island, in the heart of the city, the firm used natural textiles such as linen on large format sofas, all set against wood panelled walls that hark back to the shipbuilding city's medieval heritage. This is a beautiful way to wash an internal space in chloryphyl-rich shades. For similar shaped sofas try Curated, a new shop by interior designer Mary Ryder that has just opened in Sandyford's Beacon Quarter and sells an impressive range of sectional seating that can customise to you and your significant other's personal preferences. desallesflint.com; kozikowski.pl; curated.ie


A soft green wash on walls, skirting, mantle and the fireplace innards really works well with natural wood colours, especially bare floorboards. Habitat's new Phoebe range, launching mid-April, is a really smart way to bring in colour into a bedroom. The collection has a wood frame whose skeletal shape you get a sense of in the chests while the drawer fronts, sides and tops are all picked out in a serene shade of green that makes this durable and affordable bedroom range really covetable. The bedside table costs from €151, while the matching chest of drawers and tallboy, each costs €525, ex-delivery, from UK-based Habitat. habitat.co.uk


If you’re fed up with the sombre shades trending in home decor then take a trip to Amsterdam and spend some time people watching in the lobby of the QO hotel, a space that mixes a daffodil shade of green, last seen in 1970s Palm Springs and the décor of Dorothy Draper, with a pale version of Pantone’s colour of the year, Living Coral, to create a colour palette that feels very vibrant and very now. This welcoming open space includes conversation seats and was put together by Netherlands-based Tank Architecture and Interior Design. Conran & Partners in association with IHG interior design department designed the bedrooms. Fresh green thinking at the hotel extends to its grow-its-own policy which includes a herb garden and fish farm on its roof that supplies its restaurants. Creative thinking by its architects, Mulderblauw and Paul de Ruiter.

qo-amsterdam.com; tank.nl; mulderblauw.nl; paulderuiter.nl/en/


This Amsterdam day bed by Danish manufacturer BoConcept drills deep into the woods for the inspiration behind its shade of forest green. The contemporary design by Henrik Pedersen, one of the brand's favourite furniture-makers, comes with left- or right-arm options and powder-coated steel legs. The three-seat size, 220cm long, pictured, comes in a "touch-me" soft velvet, from €2,369 or a butter-soft, soluble-dyed, aniline leather, from €3,763. Boconcept.com/en-ie/


Tone-on-tone walls and shelving helps present walls in a very contemporary way. This String pocket shelving, designed by Nils Strinning, allows you to customise its shelving package to fit your space. Each pocket comprises two wall panels and three shelves and costs from €149. Pictured is two units, €298, 50cm by 60cm by 15cm, "that have been rearranged in this image to give you an idea of its creative flexibility", explains Frank Goodwin of Dublin design shop Inreda, which is housed within the Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery. The classic shelving comes in a range of colours and finishes including this new mint green. inreda.ie; string.se


This Bestwood shower and tap collection in gleaming nickel, chrome and polished, brushed or antiqued brass, designed by Martin Brudnizki for Drummonds, shows how cool these bathing hardware finishes look when juxtaposed against a spring green Venetian plaster or marble-effect wet-room wallpaper. Available in a choice of lever or crosshead handles, prices range from about €999 for an on/off shower control to about €4,000 for a freestanding bath and shower mixer/filler. Prices will vary depending on finishes, include VAT and are to order from Navan-based Versatile Bathrooms and Tiles. versatilebathrooms.ie; drummonds-uk.com


If soft green brings you out in a rash then consider a tiny but mightily intense pop of colour in the form of a very practical accessory, a low-fi bedside clock. This flock clock, pictured in a mossy green, offers a very affordable way to buy into the trend and also lets you dial down your bedtime tech use. So leave the mobile phone and or any other screen in the livingroom and bring your reading material, a book or this paper to bed instead. The clock's velour finish will also feel good in the hand. It costs €35 from South Great George's Street-based Pieces. pieces.ie

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