March 17th 2016

green day

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Ireland is famously known as “The Emerald Isle.”  Because of this, green evolved over time as the choice color for this holiday.  The green in the Irish flag and the shamrock St. Patrick used in his Catholic teachings also played a big role in developing green as the color du jour.  Some even still follow the tradition in Ireland – Catholics will wear green and Protestants will wear orange. These two colors are prominent on the Irish flag with white in the middle representing the peace between the two.

And if you’re of a superstitious nature, there’s an old legend that wearing green today renders you invisible and leprechauns won’t pinch you because they can’t see you.

As to the psychology of this hue, green is the coloration of growth, of spring, of renewal and rebirth. It restores depleted energy. It’s a chroma-sanctuary from the stresses of modern living, rehabilitating us back to a sense of well being.

Green has always been a beloved color of ours in both architecture and interiors – in differing tints, this versatile color can become a strong accent or a retiring neutral.

Kermit the Frog may have opined bluely that it’s not easy being green but I’ve always found green easy on the eyes.  It brings the complexion of nature into the built environment.

Following are some of our projects where this verdant coloration has appeared:

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And, just to complete the St. Patrick’s Day theme of today’s post, Bobby McAlpine’s Cloverleaf table, available from Herndon and Merry:

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Faithfully,

Greg Tankersley,

for McALPINE

1 comment

  1. Wanda Hodge says:

    Beautiful, as usual. I agree. Green is a soothing, “all-is-well”, color to me, also.

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