Design-loving folks generally fall into two camps when it comes to holiday-themed decorating: those who can’t get enough of the holiday cheer, and those who’d rather jump the next train to, well, anywhere than pay homage to a holiday in their home décor. We fall somewhere in the middle: we love celebrating the holidays, but when said special day is of the more low-key variety, such as St. Patrick’s Day, we’d rather skip the shamrocks and instead focus on an approach that honors the day without being overtly referential. So today we’re taking a look at decorating with green hues, including three of Annie’s favorites: citrus, sprout, and pine.
Why we love it: Just like the upcoming change of seasons, everything about this shade of green speaks to a happy, sunny, fresh new approach. Citrus is invigorating color that adds a burst of energy to a room, as well as a fun, unexpected bit of personality.
How to use it in your decorating: Because citrus has inherent wow factor, we prefer to use it on a single focal point, like a quilt, or on multiple accents—think decorative pillows, throws, artwork, or decorative accessories—spread out around the room. In addition to pairing it with neutrals, we’re big fans of combining citrus with other light-intensity hues, like pale coral and sky. But it also looks pretty snazzy against bright fuchsia or turquoise.
Why we love it: Sprout is an evocative color that instantly conjures images of the first teeny seedlings that peek out of the soil of our gardens each spring, or fresh-cut grass in summery meadows. Because of its association with growth and renewal, sprout—a medium-intensity green—is considered a restful, peaceful color.
How to use it in your decorating: There aren’t many colors that don’t work with this hue, from classic shades like navy and plum to lemony yellow and vibrant magenta. While we might not splash it on every wall of the house, we love sprout on larger pieces, like duvet covers and rugs. It also looks great as the foundation of a shades-of-green palette, with lighter and darker greens sprinkled throughout.
Why we love it: This fresh-from-the-forest, deep-intensity hue is rich, easy on the eyes, and regal in character (just think of all those paintings of centuries-past nobles draped in dark green velvet robes).
How to use it in your decorating: Pine green, a cousin of hunter green, is a popular color in traditional English and American decorating, where it’s often paired with other hunt-club favorite hues like burgundy and navy. For a more modern approach, we like to pop it against bright white, fuchsia, curry, aqua, and tangerine. A note of caution: Though it’s easy to pair pine with neutrals, be careful about including too much brown in the palette, especially underneath the green, or you could wind up with an unintended “tree” effect.