While searching for inspiration images to create our house mood boards, I realized that there was really a trend going as images of interiors mixing grey with greens, from chartreuse to olive, kept coming up. Chartreuse is the grown up, more mature version of lime. Whereas lime is a vibrant light green obtained by mixing yellow with blue, chartreuse is a toned down version of yellow. I still remember vividly being a fashion design student working on color studies, and realizing that olive green and chartreuse were simply obtained by adding black to yellow. It really was one of those “Ah Ahhhh” defining moments in my, already then, color loving student life.
Why is chartreuse so often mixed with grey will you ask me. Apart from the fact that grey is THE neutral color on trend right now, I would suggest that it is because the outcome is elegant, calm, with just the dash of color people seem to be comfortable with. I have certainly seen some fabulous examples of chartreuse being paired with hot pink, orange or with eggplant, yet those are not your mainstream options.
This is definitely a color combination that I love. Maybe because it triggered the memory of a Danish sofa and armchairs upholstered in chartreuse/olive green velvet seen in an interior design magazine years back, and which left me at the time with the resolution that one day I would own one just like it.
Have a beautiful weekend.