St Patrick’s Day doesn’t always make us think of interior styling. But that doesn’t mean we can’t think of interior styling on this day!
The origins of the holiday stem back many years. You might hear tales of Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland, thus earning sainthood. Unfortunately that story isn’t true, as Ireland never had any snake dramas. This story is more likely an allegory for how Patrick drove the druids out of Ireland, thus making Christianity much more widespread. The date of Saint Patrick’s Day is what we believe to be his day of death in 461CE.
St Patrick’s Colour
No matter what, the colour green will always be associated with the 17th of March. So if we want to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, we may as well utilise a little green in our homes. Don’t worry, though. No one is suggesting you completely cover your space in fifty shades of green.
One of the most common greens we see in furniture is a deep, forest green. This is great for two reasons. One, this colour is one of the most common hues of green associated with St Patrick’s Day. Two, this colour is super versatile, complementing more vintage-inspired as well as bold contemporary spaces.
There are other shades that you could use in your space, of course. No need to limit yourself to emerald, especially in your furniture staples. (After all, they’ll probably be lasting purchases with which you’ll live for a few years, at least.)
A soft mint armchair could be just the thing a more contemporary, minimalist, Scandi home needs. Or on the other hand, you could try your hand at a distinctly glamorous finish, bringing green marble into your home for a touch of earthen luxury (discover this trend here).
Now here, you have a lot more flexibility. While a lime green bed head might not be to your tastes, who would bat an eye at fun, colourful, green tableware? Adding a little Irish green to your space with homewares is all about finishing off your existing style with an Irish accent.
Just like furniture you can find your preferred shade of green to use in your interiors. Of course with homewares, you are restricted by your furniture. You now have to be careful to not clash with your furniture. Because of this, softer greens are generally a safe bet.
One of the simplest ways to experiment with colour is to play with cushions on your bed, sofa, and/or armchair. Cushions can be casually thrown onto almost any home surface and bam! Instant colour, texture, and patterning! So if you’re ready to commit to green dining chairs to celebrate a little Irish style, the softer home accents are a great way to experiment in safety.
While the colour green is the most common way, there are plenty of other ways to demonstrate your pride of Irish heritage or to display a fondness of Ireland. A fun piece of wall art, for example, is an effortless way to incorporate Irish charm to your space.
You could opt for images that depict Ireland itself (like those above) or even those that show images with Irish connotations. A decorative shamrock, rolling green hills, or anything else that means Ireland to you.
The way you choose to represent your love of Ireland this St Patrick’s Day (and/or every day of the year) is up to you.