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Chartreuse is a designer's SECRET WEAPON

Sarah Dorio / Associated Press

Because of its bright yet muted undertones, chartreuse works well as either an accent colour or a focal point.

Chartreuse — is it green or is it yellow?

The answer is a bit of both.

The colour chartreuse is often described as being closer to an acid yellow than green. Regardless, chartreuse remains one of the most versatile and more popular colours in home decor, often considered to be a designer’s secret weapon. Look in almost any furniture showroom or magazine and you are bound to find the colour chartreuse front and centre.

Why chartreuse?

Chartreuse is popular in some ways because of its versatility. Because of its bright yet muted undertones, chartreuse works well as either an accent colour or a focal point. Think of the ability to use chartreuse both as an accent wall and as a dominant throw pillow in your space.

Colours to pair with chartreuse?

Like a good dress, chartreuse can be dressed up or dressed down. The colour works especially well with rich foundational colours such as brown, charcoal gray, brown, navy, cream and even black.

Where can you use chartreuse?

Because of its strong colour hue, chartreuse often works best as an accent. Consider using chartreuse as a colour for a toss pillow, accent in artwork, rugs, throws and area rugs. You can use chartreuse in almost any room of the home, from living rooms to bedrooms.

— TNS

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