Going Green: This Is How You Bring The Outdoors In
Living life with the color that sparks creativity and instills tranquillity.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 7:59 AM
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A touch of natural green brings the outside in—like a sculptural cactus or free flowing hanging plant. For a richer feel, emerald-hued velvet or a glossy forest green tile adds luxe to a room. “Green evokes emotion; it’s sensual and confident,” says designer Kelly Wearstler. “Green also sparks creativity. It evokes a cool, tranquil vibe, and plays well to spaces where one wants to feel relaxed and at ease.”
At Miuccia Prada’s new Pasticceria Marchesi and the Wes Anderson-designed Bar Luce, both in Milan, we’re loving the retro-chic shades of avocado and moss. Throw on a tropic-inspired palm-print shirt (like the bellboys and gals at the recently opened Ace Hotel New Orleans) and you’re set.
This seafood restaurant is run by a Michelin-starred chef, so you know the food definitely lives up to the uber-photogenic exterior decor. Featuring a wood plank ceiling and brick bar for more natural hues to offset the vibrant green accents, this is one restaurant beloved by local Parisians and tourists alike.
Château de Marqueyssac Gardens
Built in the late 18th century, this estate is surrounded by greenery as far as the eye can see. The gardens were renovated and opened to the public in 1997, now immaculately maintained for visitors who want to stroll through for the afternoon.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The botanical-inspired decor in this bar is reason enough to visit (though of course, it helps that the food is actually good too). Designed by Studio Modijefsky to give a fresh facelift to a former local café, this bar is coated in green save for a downstairs room with warm pink walls to complement the green velvet bench and green painted staircase.
Experience the classic architecture and colorful decor of Marrakech firsthand in this luxe boutique hotel. The turquoise-tinted patio and pool area is about as relaxing as it gets thanks to a myriad of lounge furniture available.
Located in NYC’s Upper West Side, this eatery blends classic decor motifs with newer architecture and modern lines. But the stand-out part? The “money-green leather sofa”, which owner Jacob Hadjigeorgis says is his favorite part of the whole space.
Is this the chicest beauty shop ever? Given the attention to detail (peep the salvaged 1950s sink) and commitment to monochrome (even the door arches are painted green), we’re inclined to say yes.
Situated in London’s Mayfair neighborhood, this contemporary boutique showcases the designer’s gorgeous jewelry set against an equally gorgeous deep-green backdrop.
Ivy Muse Botanical Emporium
This Melbourne-based botanical wares studio strives to encourage creativity via greenery—and it’s leading by example with this green-filled space. Here, the green accents come directly from the display plants for a natural touch that adds color to a whitewashed store.
Boasting three locations throughout the city (though this famous green spot is the one on Via Napoleone), Pasticceria Marchesi is a Milanese pastry shop that has been around since 1824. Stop in for an espresso and a chocolate sampling if you’re ever in this Italian city.
The water in this glacier-fed lake looks bright green, which may not be the most enticing thing for a swim but for the sake of Instagram it’s great.
West Virginia, US
Possibly one of the oldest still-operating hotels in the United States, the Greenbrier has been around since 1778. The resort basically defines elegant decor and luxurious hospitality, with a spa, two golf courses, and a seemingly endless list of activities available on 11,000 acres.
Originally published March 2017. Updated October 14, 2017.