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Photography by (clockwise from bottom right): Fran Parente (Ace Hotel New Orleans); courtesy of Kelly Wearstler; courtesy of Ivy Muse Botanical Emporium (Ivy Muse Botanical Emporium).

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.

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Clamato


Paris, France

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


Dordogne, France

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.

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Bar Botanique

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.

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Riad Yasmine


Marrakech, Morocco

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.

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Photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK

Maison Pickle


New York, US

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.  

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Aesop


Berlin, Germany

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.

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Photography by DELFINA DELETTREZ

Delfina Delettrez


London, England

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


Melbourne, Australia

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.

 
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Photography by PASTICCERIA MARCHESI

Pasticceria Marchesi


Milan, Italy

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.

 

Blanca Lake


Washington, US

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.

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Photography by BALL & ALBANESE FOR SOUTHERN LIVING

The Greenbrier

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.

See more ways to add green to your life:

Nine Other Shades of Green, If You’re Not Into Greenery
10 Ways We’re Embracing This Color Trend
Add Green To Your Home With More Than Just Plants