Color Guide: How to Work With Chartreuse

It’s a vivid, electrical color. Happy, even. It’s the interior of a perfect avocado, a bed of Scotch moss or the stomach of a lovebird. Chartreuse is halfway between green and yellow — a yellowish green, a greenish yellow. However, the spectrum in this colour ranges from bright lime into mild sulphur.

In its lighter, softer form chartreuse makes a great wall shade for earthy, nature-inspired rooms. In its boldest, brightest form it is as eye catching as neon.

Chartreuse can be equally earthy and electrical. It looks wonderful with oranges, reds and blues, particularly turquoise and cobalt. Bright chartreuse is a perfect foil for charcoal grey (think lichen on stone) and in contemporary layout is frequently used as a pop against muted neutrals. It appears crisp and spring-y with bright white and vivid with purple.

It’s extremely popular in contemporary layout, but chartreuse can span the eras and does not need to be used sparingly. Go ahead and put it all over; it can take it. Do you want a baroque entryway with chartreuse walls and crystal chandeliers? Go for it.

As these pictures show, chartreuse might be daring — brassy, even — but it isn’t restricting. In reality, it’s an all round great decorating colour.

Rikki Snyder

Chartreuse about the Walls

A bright green chartreuse makes these built-ins shine (see how I didn’t say “pop”). It’s a traditional farmhouse on juice.

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Feldman Architecture, Inc..

In a slick, contemporary entryway that a chartreuse door draws the eye.

Door colour: C2 paint in Al Green

Tour this upgraded Victorian in San Francisco

Capoferro Design Build Group

A dab of chartreuse divides the neutrals in this area but goes perfectly with the muted earth tones.

Chartreuse accent wall: Colored chalkboard paint from Hudson Paint

Vendome Press

Chartreuse onto a wall in a really traditional dining area. It’s not outrageous, but it isn’t stuffy, either. And see how beautiful it looks with all the blues and purples here?

Susan Teare, Professional Photographer

A lighter, more muted chartreuse works like a neutral but with much more pizazz. And the warm, light timber just glows alongside it.

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Natasha Barrault Design

I adore this intricately patterned chartreuse wallpaper. It’s glamorous and elegant, and it makes a massive splash in this small area.

Background: Farrow and Ball

Shoshana Gosselin

A bright yellow chartreuse electrifies these adjoining rooms without much natural light. The greige on the dividing wall is the best warm neutral here.

LDa Architecture & Interiors

A very light yellow chartreuse fits in perfectly with this exact traditional living space and looks great with all the bright white trim.

NOA Architecture Planning Interiors

A chartreuse ceiling gives this contemporary living space a yellowish glow.

Texas Construction Company

A chartreuse flooring adds a mossy, outdoorsy sense to this impartial kitchen.

PLACE architect ltd..

Decorating With Chartreuse

This Togo sofa by Ligne Roset blends in so well with the browns, grays and whites within this area. It’s bright, but it is not jarring.

Chartreuse makes this a nice accent colour. And it is stunning with teal and white.

Amy Lau Design

Imagine this room with no chartreuse rug and chair. Just a little boring, right?

Cynthia Mason Interiors

Bam! Vibrant and contemporary in a crazy but traditional black, white and grey dining area. Nothing earthy here.

Green Panton Chairs: Vitra

Cynthia Lynn Photography

This chartreuse chaise is the best piece for a contemporary classic room such as this — both classic and unexpected.

Kimball Starr Interior Design

Chartreuse and purple. Lovely.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

A bit of wow in a small, neutral bathroom.

Emily Johnston Larkin

More glamorous chartreuse wallpaper. It’s ’60s go-go meets Hollywood Regency.


Hot magenta even loves chartreuse. Who’da thunk?

chadbourne + doss architects

A single chartreuse stool is a tiny ray of sun in this industrial kitchen. Modern but warm.

Dijeau Poage Construction

A modern icon in chartreuse paired with dove grey and bright white. Clean and fresh looking, such as spring.

Amoroso Design

A chartreuse tile backsplash in a crisp, white kitchen.

LLI Design

Chartreuse armchairs help heat up this traditional living area.

A chartreuse sofa with charcoal piping. This is worthy of getting an whole room designed around it.

The Outdoor Room, LLC

Chartreuse Outdoor

Most chartreuse outdoors comes from the landscape. This foliage seems to shine.


Sempervivum with reddish tips.

Arterra Landscape Architects

All these plants that were chartreuse were especially chosen for their layout chops. They glow against the muted colors in this backyard.

Chicago Green Design Inc..

A yellow-chartreuse wall onto a rooftop terrace defines the space against the skyline.

Texas Construction Company

Just a dab of chartreuse across the windows in this upgraded contemporary cabin in Texas. I absolutely adore this daring exception into the grey and white rule.

This chartreuse outdoor wall looks wonderful with all the natural timber, and will help define the space so it becomes another room rather than just an open area.

Chartreuse helping define design.

An unexpected bright chartreuse doorway on a brick building.

Door: Pantone’s Neon Yellow 389

Everyone will be able to find your house if you paint your front door such a colour.

This pool and hot tub are defined by a chartreuse outline within an otherwise neutral palette.

Clinton & Associates, PC Landscape Architects

Chartreuse looks amazing with almost all the colors of the outdoors.

Benjamin Moore

Lime Green 2026-10 Paint

Vibrant, bright yellowish green. Warning: This is not a neutral.

Benjamin Moore

Limeade CSP-865 Paint

Nevertheless bright but with much more yellow.


Nervy Hue SW6917 Paint

Vibrant, bright greenish yellow.

Benjamin Moore

Granny Smith CSP-860 Paint

Somewhat lighter but still a bright greenish yellow.

Benjamin Moore

Martini Olive CSP-890 Paint

A darker, grayer yellow-chartreuse.


MĂ©lange Green SW6710 Paint

More leafy and elastic — going greener.

Serena & Lily Low-VOC Paint, Grass – $45

Less vibrant and more brilliant. This could almost be a neutral wall colour.


Parakeet SW6711 Paint

A mild avocado.

Benjamin Moore

Pale Avocado 2146-40 Paint

More golden but still a greenish golden. This would be a great wall colour for a traditional area with bright white trim.

Benjamin Moore

Wales Green 2028-50 Paint

A light chartreuse.

Colorhouse Paint

Colorhouse SPROUT .05

A littler yellower.

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