Style Guide: Chartreuse

August 21, 2013

Style Guide: Chartreuse

Emerald may be Pantone’s color of the year, but there’s another shade of green making a big splash in the design world — chartreuse. This yellowish-green color (named for the French liquor it resembles) isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s a bright, bold shade that can leave homeowners wondering how to incorporate it without overwhelming the space.

Have no fear design junkies. We have the key to decorating with this difficult color (hint: it involves an eye for editing).

Different Strokes

You love a bold wall color. And while the idea of a chartreuse room sends your heart aflutter, there’s still that little voice inside your head that insists going whole hog will turn your space into something resembling a psychedelic 60’s trip.

The secret to a chartreuse room is keeping the rest of the elements fairly neutral. A color this bold is always going to be the star of the show. Don’t make the eye compete — snag furniture in cream, winter white, gray and black and stay away from browns that are too brown. Give depth to your design by adding accent pieces with hints of complementary colors like lavender, teal, and tangerine.

This club chair’s neutral colors (and nod to 1960’s design) makes it a chartreuse match made in heaven. Add in this small table lamp in tangerine, yellow, or teal, and finish off the look with this shaggy cream rug. it keeps the room light and fun, while still adding an element of texture.

chartreuse1Pictured: Jeffan International Lyla Club Chair, Paris Ceramic Table Lamp, Shaggy Raggy Cream Rug

Anchor’s Away!

If you’re interested in adding a chartreuse anchor piece like pretty velvet lounger (so mod!), floor-length drapes or even a bed set, keep the rest of the room fairly simple.

This chartreuse and teal bed set makes a big statement.You can mix and match accent pieces in black and white, like these kitchy vases, or add a throw blanket in fuchsia.



Pictured: Mizone Katelyn Full/Queen Comforter Set, kate spade new york Woodland Park Owl Vases, Multi-Colored Chevron Knitted Throws

Just a Touch

Not totally sold on chartreuse? Then use it as a way to experiment with a pop of color in an otherwise neutral room. Brighten up this dark wood pub table with a sweet set of chartreuse dishes, orbring out the chartreuse in this multi-colored dinner set:



Pictured: Safavieh American Home Ronin 4-Piece Pub Table Set, Laurie Gates Dekko 4-Piece Dinnerware Set – Chartreuse, Echo Marble Swirl 16-Piece Dinnerware Set

In the living room, give a black leather couch depth by adding these yellow and chartreuse throw pillows, Or a whimsical rug with a subtle hint of the color.


Pictured: Trina Turk® Wave Shanghai Links 20-Inch Square Toss Pillow, B. Smith Mosaic Mushroom Wool 8′ x 11′ Rectangle Rug

How do you chartreuse? Tell us about it in the space below!

Megan Mostyn-Brown

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