Fall’s Unexpected Color


I noticed an amazing chartreuse velvet pillow in the Pottery Barn fall catalog and wanted to use it in a project- but I went to order it yesterday and it was the only color sold out!  I never would have expected it since this color is totally polarizing and not exactly a common favorite.  But I do see it popping up here and there in fall spreads and think it’s going to be a popular accent color for fall decorating!

Here are some finishes and textures that work well with chartreuse in any space-


1. Tortoise accents- glasses, frames, trays- you name it!

2. Modern black and brass fixtures.

3. A palette inspired by nature- while this is a bold color, it is a natural one!

4. The crisp shade looks amazing with wood finishes, from limed oak to rich walnut.

5. Brass looks AMAZING with this palette!

6. Add it in in small doses, like this small scale pattern.

7. It also could not look better with zebra!

8. Leather + chartreuse= YUM.

9.  Modern art in black and white.

10. Greys and chartreuse mix well.

Look how fabulous this chair looks paired with pale wood, grey-blue walls and lots of white.  Also paired with a deep, bold navy!

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More blue pairings (love this shot- an oldie but goodie!)


A hint of yellow-green in a bathroom adds life.


A great mix of traditional and modern both in color and shape and pattern.


Here are some colors that works great with chartreuse- deep browns, pale blues, dark grey, navy, rich burgundy, pale pink, dusty violet and clay beige.

Some good chartreuse colors to try: Benjamin Moore Green Umber, Folk Art, Sweet Daphne; Sherwin Williams Chartreuse; C2 Viburnum and Chameleon.



  1. Your Pottery Barn story is sad and familiar. A few weeks ago I purchased the Olivia Floral pillows from PB. They have a backing in chartreuse velvet and I wanted the plain velvet to hang out with the floral print on my sofa – no such luck. I agree with you about chartreuse, it is a gorgeous and unexpected fall color.

  2. This has been my accent color for about six years. It’s one color I never tire of. I hope there will be more of it available. It always reminds me of nature and spring. Nice color to have in my space during the long winters.

  3. I just used Ben Moore Folk Art in my powder room, which has carrera marble hex tiles on the floor and wainscotting. It’s pretty awesome, if I do say so myself! Go green!

  4. I ordered those chartreuse (absinthe I think they called them) pillows from PB when they WERE in stock (right when they hit the website) and never got them. They kept saying they were temporarily out of stock, but apparently they will not be restocked. This happens a lot with PB. I was going to mix them with teals. I’ve always been a huge fan of chartreuse. Love it pairs with darker blues.

  5. I agree, this is such a fresh hue but rich at the same time – love that for autumn!! A perfect pairing with velvet. Also love that yarn! Do you know the brand (or image source)? Inquiring knitters want to know ;)

  6. I just completed a kitchen sitting room n this color and loved that the client was pushing the envelope to stronger chartreuse!! She and I loved how it turned out-I love your examples of color combinations, and that velvet chaise is scrumptious!!

  7. Love this color! This is an accent color in my kitchen, where it pairs well with pale blue walls, creamy white cabinetry and marble countertops with gold veining, and a brown walnut island. You can also find it as an small accent in my dining room, where it contrasts nicely with blood red walls. (I love using dining room table arrangements that are heavy on chartreuse!) And my kids’ bath walls used to be painted a color very close to that BM Granny Smith, which popped wonderfully against white tile and cabinetry. Huge fan of green here, especially this shade. Very versatile.

  8. I put Ben Moore Pale Avocado on the walls in a boring white kitchen in a rental about 10 years ago and it looked amazing!

  9. Chartreuse is my all-time fave. I use it all the time! I currently have silk chartreuse drapery in my dining room and a more acidy version of the color on my kids’ bathroom walls (opening off of a blush/ pale coral bedroom). I seem to be sneaking it in to other projects too. I love the energy and edge it brings without being too “crazy.”

  10. I’m definitely on Team Chartreuse…I chose my exterior house color based on my lifelong dream of a chartreuse front door…. I LOVE it everyday…. (house color BM Revere Pewter (150%), White Dove Trim, black shutters and BM Chartreuse for the front and screen door). Such a great pop!

  11. Honestly, it is on my naughty list for colors because the gentlemen who owned my house previously paired chartreuse with baby pink and bright orange in a first floor bathroom as part of a tropical theme. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Having said that, we recently decided for Fall we will hang a moss wreath that approaches chartreuse in color near the exterior door to our mudroom, which happens to be a high-gloss BM Dragon’s Breath against a white house. We were surprised how well the moss paired with this specific color and brass hardware.

  12. Chartreuse had a starring role in a story in this month’s Architectural Digest in the home of the J. McLaughlin co-founder. You must be on to something!

  13. Hi Erin, I’m a fan of this color (and your blog)! I used it on my front door and I’m very pleased (the house is white brick with navy shutters). Have a great day:)

  14. I love chartreuse so much! My front door at my old house was painted high gloss chartreuse and I loved it! My new home is more red brick so I couldn’t pull off the color here, but I have made sure to incorporate the color in some of my room interiors here instead.

    The rooms you shared are great examples of this color. Another of my favorites is Kimberly Schlegel Whitman’s library, seen here: http://thesalonniere.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/800_0_JSA_INTERIORDESIGN_PRIVATESPACES_HIGHLANDPARKRHEIMS.jpg

  15. Erin! Your timing is uncanny – our painters are coming next week to do our entire new house and this is the exact color palette I am going for (dragon’s breath on walls and built ins in the family room for a library vibe; lots of navy with shots of chartreuse throughout). Can you suggest any other BM pale grays that you would try as neutrals for living/dining room? And would you do BM decorator’s white for the trim? THANK YOU.

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