Summer has only just begun, and we’ve already got a new color crush: chartreuse. Earlier this month, the lemon-lime shade added a tart citrus twist to Resort 17 collections shown by Elie Saab, Bottega Veneta, and Delpozo, among others. The interior design lesson? When you pair it with the right pretty colors, acidic yellow can go from putrid to perfect. Balanced with blush and soft blue accents (Pantone colors of the year, anyone?), chartreuse is so wrong that it’s right.
While this color was splashed all over the Resort 17 runways, we just can't wait to start infusing it into our summer refresh right away. If Beyoncé has taught us anything, it’s this: When life hands you lemons, turn them into fierce yellow fashion statements.
Ahead, check out 12 ways chartreuse can add a splash of citrus to any room.
Say hello to a yellow that’s anything but mellow. In this elegantly glam living room, the pair of lemon chairs packs a zesty punch. The chartreuse shade complements the rich upholstered textures, sleek stone, and metallic surfaces to create a light, fresh feeling.
This beautiful, bright bedroom in Sydney’s Ovolo Hotel uses blush and light turquoise to showcase the softer side of chartreuse. The space is clean, crisp, and relaxing at the same time. What more could you want in a hotel room?
As a paint color, chartreuse can really make a space pop. Playing off soft blue bedding and bright white walls and floor, the yellow hue adds an element of whimsy to a minimal bedroom design.
When it comes to color-blocking, chartreuse makes the perfect accent shade. The citrus yellow line stands out between pale pink and optic white to direct the eye around the perimeter of this Parisian apartment.
The art in this contemporary beach home adds a subtle lemon twist to a sleek, neutral lounge space. Here, a little bit goes a long way: With a few brush strokes, the acidic yellow art brightens the room beyond earth tones.
This chartreuse settée is just golden enough to add warmth and sunshine-y color to this bedroom space.
A lemon-lime sofa adds an unexpected slice of optimism to this Scandinavian home design filled with rustic wood and vintage metal.
Perhaps chartreuse feels most at home surrounded by feminine colors. Pretty pastel pillows, paintings, and photography come together to create a gallery wall–meets-sofa moment that’s all-around fresh-squeezed fun.
This curvy vintage velvet moment feels ripe and rich in a deeper chartreuse shade. Surrounded by midcentury furnishings, this darker yellow sofa projects sophisticated confidence, the kind that only improves with age.
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A light and lemony lounge space is the perfect place to soak up morning sunshine. Because lemon water in the morning is best enjoyed among tart yellow pillows and bright flowers in full bloom.
Pillows and poufs make for perfect acidic accessories. In this home, chartreuse décor accents keep the eye dancing from surface to surface, creating color cohesion throughout. Each piece feels purposeful in connecting one room to the next.
A textural retro rug in chartreuse contrasts off pretty pinks and grassy green shades in this living room vignette. The bold yellow color is ever so slightly sour, just enough to make you pucker up in the best way.
Which of these chartreuse pieces is your favorite?