From rich emerald and vibrant kelly to sugary mint and soothing olive, shades of green bring life to a space. In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, we've brought together 25 rooms bathed in a spectrum of verdant tones.
Concrete conceived a biophilic lobby—complete with green walls and furnishings colored to match—that evoke traditional Dutch living rooms. Hanging gardens, tile mosaics, and verdant furnishings bring the elements indoors.
2. Glass House by Hacin + Associates
For this Cambridge, Massachusetts restaurant, nostalgia was a key factor. The photomurals hark back to the era when glass was manufactured nearby, and colors evoke a grandmother’s kitchen.
The 19th-century former distillery’s bones translated well into a co-working space. The team partially removed its central beam system to create a double-height presentation hall and installed a tiny bar in an existing elevator shaft, now painted Persian green.
Running with the hotel’s story line, each space is dedicated to a particular myth or legend about Sicily or Catania. Furniture from the 1930s through the 1960s, versus the 18th century, propels the plot forward in time. In this photo, the lounge’s vinyl mural by Rossana Taormina features a tourist studying a guide book.
Six contemporary artists were given carte blanche to decorate the hotel’s hallways. As a result, five radically different floors each pack their own visual wow. Françoise Pétrovitch’s watercolors appoint the fourth-floor corridors.
Hendry is a virtuoso of black-and-white pen drawings of domestic objects. But for this exhibit, she departed from familiarity and fully immersed herself in the color spectrum. She dreamed up a seven-room home, each consisting of a single bold color.
The emerald brick and stucco exterior of the Kitz is meant to evoke the nearby forests. In the café, hunter green glazed ceramic tiles continue the exterior's theme.
The three-story emporium encourages visitors to linger: They can wander through the gallery's labyrinthine rooms, sit in the greenery-filled courtyard, and have dinner at the restaurant pictured here. Orlandi worked with creative director Jacopo Etro to create custom adaptations of fashion textiles for the eatery’s upholstery and wallpaper, so visitors would feel as if they're “walking into a dress,” as she says, “but with fabulous food.”
Flanking the entrance to the sales gallery are orderly, faceted upper walls of ribbed concrete flecked with chips of slate from quarries in North Wales, a nod to Wartski’s origins. Above, the coffered ceiling boasts a classical geometry; below, expansive display cases slide open electronically. Throughout is woven wool carpeting, in Welsh green, of course.
Bright color is introduced with the teal and green central corridor to the bedrooms. In each of the glassed-in bathrooms, the paint matches the square ceramic tile. That makes it easy for visiting groups to remember who goes where.
A notion that locales can become more vital, over time, was central to Heiser and principal Eric Gannon’s design of the building for Tied House. In the unisex bathroom, Ghislaine Viñas designed the wall covering and Lee Broom the sconces.
Hale’s design not only walks a fine line between classic and contemporary, but also artfully satisfies the family’s requirements. One wing contains the bar/lounge that the client requested for entertaining friends with drinks and cigars.
This renovation of an 1853 row-house was for a dream client: a New York–based family who gave the studio carte blanche to design the project as if it were their own. Now it’s a crash pad for the family when they’re in town and an event space for the studio when they’re not. In the master bath, formerly a porch, vanity mirrors are mounted on windows painted Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green.
Since this government HQ is in France, food was not forgotten. One of its dining options is Sous-Bois restaurant, which was inspired by the region’s forests, with a slatted-oak ceiling and real, fragrant logs and greenery.
15. XYZ Lounge by Didier Fiúza Faustino
At the architect-artist’s first hospitality project, an installation vibe is achieved with Italian marble paneling and surfacing and a Memphis-esque palette.
For Capital 8, a major objective was to connect with the elegant gardens of the nearby Parc Monceau, around which many of the bankers who financed Baron Haussmann’s 19th-century reinvention of Paris once lived. This approach included matching shades of green paint to living ferns, moss, and lichen. In the lobby that doubles as a coworking space, an enclosure in lacquered glass sometimes serves as a digital screen.
This apartment was a remarkably preserved remnant of modernist design history. Instead of a gut renovation, Fernandes chose to update what was needed while maintaining the overall aesthetic. The kitchen pairs original Formica cabinetry with new production Robin Day polypropylene chairs.
In addition to star power, this project signals a change in hospitality: a new focus on wellness. Inside the tennis lounge, one wall has a digitally fabricated plastic framework fitted with 2,305 tennis balls, and another an acrylic on canvas by Serena Williams.
19. Maximiliano by FreelandBuck
FreelandBuck, the Los Angeles architecture firm founded by Brennan Buck and David Freeland, creates environments that seem to defy reality. The firm has kept busy with a bevy of notable commissions that landed them on our list of must-watch emerging firms, this Los Angeles eatery being one of them.
Timber accents form a unifying thread throughout this four-bedroom apartment. Vertical slats of reddish-hued freijo clad walls in the powder room, while automotive paint swathes the custom sink and vanity.
Instead of designated workstations, the 500 staffers find their places in neighborhoods. Swaths of color assist with way-finding: blues and greens for southern and western Europe, respectively; citrus shades for Africa; reds for the Middle East. The spiral stair connecting all four floors is powder-coated steel.
This workplace is delineated by color: The royal blue of Edelman’s logo defines reception, while IT is marked by a calming green. Oak-veneered bleacher seating furnishes the lounge.
This café originally belonged to a 1928 chocolate factory. The old counter was pastel green, so Kissmiklos extended that hue throughout. Even the ceiling received coats of paint in the color, along with white stripes.
This apartment's mobile walls allow rooms to divide or disappear behind expanses of cool blue and mint. A checkerboard installation of Winckelmans tile unifies the bathroom, which sports a Geberit tub and Hidrobox shower and fittings.
25. Mia Yoga by Crosby Studios
Dubbed Instagram's favorite designer by the New York Times, Harry Nuriev uses color to establish the mood of a space, like this calming mint.
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