Sunday, 8 February 2015


Chartreuse, pronounced as ‘shahr-trohz’, is the name given to a yellow-green colour that is gaining popularity in interiors. Although not a new concept in the world of colour, chartreuse is taking its well deserved spot as one of the hottest hues for 2014. We’ll be seeing chartreuse over and over again, not only in accessories, but also incorporated in upholstered pieces, painted furniture, paint, even kitchen cabinetry.  As lovely as it is, chartreuse is most certainly a very strong colour…It’s neither green nor yellow, but is in fact a beautiful mixture of both. I tend to like shades like this, those in between two primary colours, for their versatility. The spectrum within this colour ranges from bright lime to light sulphur.

The name chartreuse comes from a French liqueur made by Carthusian monks in the French Alps. As you probably already guessed, the colour of the liqueur is a beautiful, clear yellow-green.

I have loved chartreuse for decades. It adds just the perfect pop to nearly any colour scheme. The colour immediately adds sophistication and style. When combined with dark colours like black and browns and in rich textures, chartreuse adds a warm, luxurious, and almost sensuous feel to a room. In its lighter, softer form chartreuse makes a great wall colour for earthy, nature-inspired rooms. In its boldest, brightest form it is as eye catching as neon. Chartreuse can be both earthy and electric. It looks wonderful with reds, oranges and blues, especially turquoise and cobalt. It looks crisp and spring-y with bright white and neutrals.
Chartreuse is very popular in modern design. It is a playful, vibrant color that adds excitement to a tired scheme or one that needs a suggestion of light shining through a window. Use this color to your advantage to add cheer and creativity to a space with limited architectural details.

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