A warm hue halfway between lemon yellow and lime green, chartreuse was so named because of its resemblance to the colour of the sweet French liqueur called yellow chartreuse, introduced in 1838. A vivid colour that demands attention, chartreuse can range from a pale citrus yellow to a bright neon lime. In its lightest form, chartreuse makes a great wall colour for creating earthy, nature-inspired rooms; in its boldest, brightest form, it makes a striking impact as an accent hue.
A splash of chartreuse will work wonders to help break up the neutrals in any room, especially when used in unexpected spaces, like window trim, door frames and inside shelves and bookcases. When used as an accent, chartreuse is the perfect foil for charcoal gray and looks crisp and fresh when paired with bright white. It also looks fabulous when paired with lots of white and warm wood tones, like oak and timber.