Green Home Design Ideas Just In Time For St. Patrick’s Day!

‘Go Green’ With These St. Patrick’s Inspired Design Ideas!

When Pantone (the world’s leading authority on color) announced Greenery as its 2017 Color of the Year, it was a signal of fresh, optimistic, natural design trends.

The Spring 2017 Pantone color palette supported that notion, with fresh floral colors, natural tones and inviting blues warming things up for the design year ahead. And with two of the “Spring 10” colors being shades of green, Spring 2017 is truly time to “turn over a new leaf” in your home design!

There’s no better excuse to add a splash of green to your home design than St. Patrick’s Day! From fresh-cut greens and floral arrangements to shades of green paint and decor, adding some green to your home design this March is both trendy and fun.

With Pantone’s color recommendations for 2017 and St. Patrick’s Day in mind, here are 5 great shades of green from the Pantone color system, and ideas for how to utilize them in your home design.

5 Great Pantone Greens (And Ideas) For St. Patrick’s Day Design

1. Greenery.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Greenery, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year.
Greenery, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year.

Why wouldn’t we start right off with the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year? We like to refer to Greenery as a “Kermit” shade of green – fresh, sunny, optimistic and easy to work with. Evocative of a sunlit blade of grass, Greenery is a great option for a room in your home full of ambient light, windows, and neutral/white design elements.

2. Kale.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Kale is a dark, leafy green loved by many.
Kale is a dark, leafy green loved by many.

Kale isn’t just trendy in the world of food – home, fashion and exterior designers all love the Pantone shade of Kale (18-0107 TCX) for its dark, leafy tone. Less grassy and more “ivy”, “fern” or “moss”, Kale is a great accent color for home decor, furniture pieces, and accessories like throws, pillows and potted plants. Try pairing Kale with a great Spring 2017 neutral like Hazelnut.

3. Kelly Green.

Kelly Green might be the most quintessentially "Irish" shade of green.
Kelly Green might be the most quintessentially “Irish” shade of green.

Perhaps the “most Irish” shade of green in the Pantone color system, Kelly Green is bright, friendly and adjacent to jewel tones like Emerald (see below). While Kelly Green isn’t quite the right shade of green to lead your new home design overhaul, it does make for a playful accent color. And if you’re decorating and designing specifically for St. Patrick’s Day 2017, Kelly Green is the go-to color for your St. Patrick’s Day party, gathering, or get-together!

4. Silver Green.

Thie foggy Pantone shade Silver Green could serve as an off-gray neutral.
Thie foggy Pantone shade Silver Green could serve as an off-gray neutral.

A bit off the normal path of St. Patrick’s Day greens is a potential hidden design gem in Silver Green (12-6204 TCX). At first glance, this foggy shade looks to be a light gray neutral. The green undertone in Silver Green makes it a wonderfully unique option for a neutral tone in home color design. This intriguing Pantone color adds that “natural air” to neutral that designers are seeking in 2017.

5. Emerald.

Emerald is a Pantone jewel tone green great for St. Patrick's Day 2017 design.
Emerald is a Pantone jewel tone green great for St. Patrick’s Day 2017 design.

When in doubt, Emerald is one of the most popular Pantone green colors in recent memory. Jewel tones are always eye-catching, and Emerald was stunning enough to be named Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year. While Emerald is a bit more versatile in fashion design than home design, the proper use of this lush jewel tone in decor, artisanal pieces and occasional accent pieces can create a big style winner.

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Pumpkin Ravioli Recipe w/ Sage Butter

Peter Salerno’s Favorite Recipe for Pumpkin Ravioli

Peter Salerno's favorite pumpkin ravioli recipe from Williams-Sonoma.
Peter Salerno’s favorite pumpkin ravioli recipe from Williams-Sonoma.

Trying to find that perfect appetizer, starter plate or side entree for your Thanksgiving table in 2014? Look no further than this delicious recipe for homemade pumpkin ravioli.

Pumpkin is all the rage in fall cooking over the last few years, and what’s not to love? It’s hearty, healthy, savory and flavorful, and in many ways the perfect edible embodiment of fall. Sure, we all love pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice cake, and pumpkin-flavored lattes, but it doesn’t always have to serve as an ingredient in a sweet dish or dessert.

When Peter Salerno went looking for his favorite recipe for pumpkin ravioli, he found that sometimes the most trusted name is the very best. Williams-Sonoma provides an outstanding pumpkin ravioli recipe on their official website that provides a wonderful blend of sweet and savory, light and filling.

One thing that makes the Williams-Sonoma recipe for pumpkin ravioli stand out is the inclusion of sage butter. Where many recipes keep the ingredients separate, Williams-Sonoma provides a hassle-free set of directions to create your own clarified sage butter. Delicious!

Enjoy Peter Salerno’s favorite recipe for pumpkin ravioli (courtesy of Williams-Sonoma) below. When you try it for yourself, leave a comment and let us know how much you enjoyed it!

Peter Salerno's favorite pumpkin ravioli recipe from Williams-Sonoma.

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Pumpkin Ravioli Recipe (from Williams-Sonoma)


  • 1-lb. piece Cheese or Sugar Pie pumpkin, calabaza or butternut squash, seeds and strings removed
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbs. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or grana padano cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1 to 2 Tbs. dried bread crumbs
  •   1 1/4 lb. egg pasta (see related recipe at left)
  •   5 Tbs. unsalted butter, clarified (see tip below)
  • 12 large fresh sage leaves
  • 2 Tbs. kosher salt
  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for serving

Peter Salerno's favorite pumpkin ravioli recipe from Williams-Sonoma.


To make the filling, preheat an oven to 400ºF.

Prick the pumpkin with a fork before roasting to help evaporate the moisture. Place the pumpkin directly on the oven rack and roast until tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, 45 to 50 minutes.

When the pumpkin is cool enough to handle, scrape the flesh from the peel; transfer to a food processor and process until smooth.

Transfer the pumpkin puree to a bowl. Add the egg yolk, cheese, nutmeg and sea salt. Mix well, adding the bread crumbs as needed to bind the ingredients into a cohesive mixture. Cover the filling and set aside.

Using a pasta machine or a floured rolling pin, roll out the pasta dough 1/32 inch thick, then fill and cut the ravioli (see related tip at left)

Pour the clarified butter into a small fry pan and place over low heat. Add the sage leaves and heat until the butter is saturated with the flavor of the sage, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.

In a large pot over high heat, bring 5 quarts water to a rapid boil. Add the kosher salt, gently drop in half of the ravioli and cover the pot. When the water returns to a boil, uncover and cook, stirring gently occasionally and reducing the heat as needed to prevent the ravioli from knocking against one another and breaking. The total cooking time should be 3 to 5 minutes. To test for doneness, transfer a single raviolo to a cutting board and cut off a corner with a paring knife; if the pasta looks cooked through and the corner tastes tender, the pasta is done. Using a large slotted spoon, lift out the ravioli, allowing a little of the water to cling to them so they remain moist, and transfer to a warmed large, shallow serving bowl; cover the bowl to keep the ravioli warm. Repeat to cook the remaining ravioli.

Drizzle the sage butter over the ravioli and serve immediately. Pass the cheese at the table. Serves 4.