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Chartreuse: More Than Your Average Color

Updated on April 9, 2015

Or You Can Call It "Greenish-Yellow" If You Like

And I suppose yellowish-green would work, too. But I prefer the fancy French version of one of my favorite colors. "Chartreuse" just sounds so ... so sophisticated. So unique.

Which it is. Chartreuse isn't a color you see coming and going, though it's more common than you might think if you really start looking for it, especially in nature. It's also a color that really stands out and makes a wonderful accent in the home and wardrobe, not to mention on homes and on vehicles too.

On this page, you'll find examples of chartreuse products, along with some background and history of the color.

You can order One Dozen Chartreuse Roses like the one pictured here, on Amazon.

Chartreuse eyeshadow
Chartreuse eyeshadow | Source

What Is Chartreuse?

And where did the word come from?

From Dictionary.com:

Char treuse

Pronunciation [shahr-trooz, -troos]

-noun

1. an aromatic liqueur, usually yellow or green, made by the Carthusian monks at Grenoble, France, and, at one time, at Tarragona, Spain.

2. (lowercase) a clear, light green with a yellowish tinge.

-adjective

3. (lowercase) of the color chartreuse.

Origin:

1865-70; after La Grande Chartreuse, Carthusian monastery near Grenoble, where the liqueur is made

Looking for Chartreuse Eyeshadow Like in that Picture Above? - Here it is.....

Shadey Minerals Green Eye Shadows (5gr, Chartreuse)
Shadey Minerals Green Eye Shadows (5gr, Chartreuse)

This chartreuse eye shadow has no irritants in it, like bismuth oxychloride. This and the many other colors available are long-lasting, and the colors stay true throughout the day. You can use this eye shadow for foiling (wet) with mineral sealant liquid or gel.

 

Do You Like Or Loathe the Color? - The traditional and pear versions, that is

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Shades of Chartreuse For The Internet

World Wide Web Color Codes

What exactly is the color chartreuse? There seems to be some variation on the theme, both in "real" life and online. Seen separately, I too have trouble deciding what exactly the color looks like, but when comparing versions next to each other, the differences are clear.

Note: Since this website doesn't support CSS, I can't actually show you the variations in the color. But here are the codes so you can try them yourself:

Traditional chartreuse: #DFFF00.

The pear version: #D1E231.

The web color chartreuse is exactly halfway between green and yellow.

The code is #7FFF00. But, to me, this is lime green.

Chartreuse fashion
Chartreuse fashion | Source

Clothing & Accessories

Chartreuse -- and its variations -- is a beautiful color for anything from sportswear to evening gowns and prom dresses. Check out this chartreuse silk chiffon evening gown.

And here's a vintage 1960s chartreuse gown from Sarmi.

These are some other really pretty pieces I've found:

Some Colorful Selections from Amazon

Here's a sampling of what's available...

TrailHeads Women's Running Ponytail Hat - chartreuse / black
TrailHeads Women's Running Ponytail Hat - chartreuse / black

Polartec Thermal Pro fleece features a water repellent finish so it sheds rain and snow and dries quickly. One size fits most of us pointailed people.

 

A Chartreuse Windbreaker Jacket

The silver dot lining of this jacket works like a space blanket, reflecting and retaining body heat, so you stay toasty without bulky insulation layers. Thermal reflective technology is "smart," so it actually realizes when you're getting too warm and allows heat to escape through the tiny black spaces between dots.

Columbia Men's Trail Fire Windbreaker Jacket (X-Large, Chartreuse)
Columbia Men's Trail Fire Windbreaker Jacket (X-Large, Chartreuse)

In addition to warmth, the Trail Fire repels stains and light drizzles, features zip-closed pockets and has a drawcord adjustable hem so you can lock out the elements. Stash valuables in the zippered chest pocket.

Oh, and it's chartreuse, so that makes it awesome right there.

 

Colorful Cuff Links

Chartreuse Bars By Jewelry Mountain
Chartreuse Bars By Jewelry Mountain

These Italian-inspired rectangular chartreuse green enamel cufflinks are set in a polished silver mount. Each pair is finished by hand, and they're covered by Cuff-Daddy's manufacturer product guarantee.

 
Chartroose
Chartroose | Source

The Color Chartreuse In Sports

This is a common color on the tennis court. The fluorescent chartreuse tennis balls are easy to see.

I've also seen a lot of people jogging around town in fluorescent chartreuse tank tops and running shoes. It's noticeable when you're driving past, which is a good thing.

And this color is also used on fishing lures, especially for saltwater fishing on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.

Chartreuse Liqueur
Chartreuse Liqueur | Source

Chartreuse Liqueur

The origin of the name

From Answers.com

  • Manufacturer: Carthusian monks
  • Country of origin: Voiron, France
  • Introduced: 1605
  • Alcohol by volume: 40% - 55%
  • Proof: 80 - 110
  • Color: Green or Yellow
  • Flavor: herbal

Green Chartreuse (110 proof or 55%) is a naturally green liqueur flavored with extracts from 130 plants with its coloring coming from chlorophyll.

Yellow Chartreuse (40% or 43%) has a milder and sweeter flavor and aroma.

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Chartreuse - Green Liqueur (750ml)
Chartreuse - Green Liqueur (750ml)

First crafted in the 18th century by the Carthusian order of monks, with the precise recipe still known only by few brothers in this order, this spirit is flavored with over 100 different herbs, spices and flowers. This blend of ingredients imparts the unique green color and creates a complex set of aromas and flavors.

Enjoy Chartreuse Liqueur straight or served in tonic water. Product of France.

Available from DrinkUpNY.

 
Chartreuse in Nature
Chartreuse in Nature | Source

Chartreuse In Nature

Add natural chartreuse to your landscaping for somebeautiful contrast.

Once I started looking for this color as I was walking in the woods and through neighborhoods, admiring people's gardens, I started seeing a lot of it.

Because chartreuse looks great paired with so many other colors, it makes for beautiful landscaping with accents of deep red and purple flowers, for example. Chartreuse plants include varieties of:

  • Coleus
  • Spiderwort
  • Golden sweet potato vine
  • Canna
  • Solanum vine
  • Hosta
  • Ladies' mantle

Check out Chartreuse In The Garden by Better Homes & Gardens for ideas.

Chartreuse hostas

Chartreuse hostas
Chartreuse hostas | Source

Chartreuse Epidot

Chartreuse Epidot
Chartreuse Epidot | Source

A chartreuse spider--Eeek!!

A chartreuse spider--Eeek!!
A chartreuse spider--Eeek!!
Chartreuse home accessories
Chartreuse home accessories | Source

Chartreuse Around (and On) The House

It's definitely not drab.

Chartreuse makes an eye-catching, stylish accent for the home, mixing well with many other colors including deep red, orange, light yellow, grape, white and natural wood tones. In our house, we have chartreuse in throw pillows, place mats, wall hangings, towels and dishware as well as several of our houseplants, which is a great complement to our terracotta-colored floor tiles and deeper reds, oranges and browns.

Take a look at what some folks have done with chartreuse inside and out:

An apartment house

A chartreuse house

A chartreuse door against black walls and white trim

A living room

A bungalow (I'll take this one!)

Chartreuse Prints

"Nature on Chartreuse"
"Nature on Chartreuse" | Source
"Metro Leaves in Chartreuse"
"Metro Leaves in Chartreuse" | Source

More Yellowish-Green and Greenish-Yellow for your Home

This is a sampling of what's available on Amazon....

Luna Bazaar Frosted Glass Vase (4-Inch, Bulb Shape, Chartreuse Green) - Decorative Flower Bud Vase - For Home Decor, Party Decorations, and Wedding Centerpieces
Luna Bazaar Frosted Glass Vase (4-Inch, Bulb Shape, Chartreuse Green) - Decorative Flower Bud Vase - For Home Decor, Party Decorations, and Wedding Centerpieces

Small glass vessels like this one here -- and there are a number of other shapes and sizes available in this beautiful color -- look even prettier when they catch the light from a window or lamp. Line them up on a windowsill, use them as small vases to decorate a buffet, or group a few together as a centerpiece ... among other decorating ideas.

 

Chartreuse is a Great Accent for the Kitchen Too

In addition to this pretty teapot, you'll find dishware, serving dishes, small appliances like blenders and coffee machines, placemats and other kitchen accessories available in this vibrant color.

Toss Some Color Around the House

Add a splash of color to your living room, den or bedroom with accent pillows like this. They come in both square and lumbar sizes.

See Lots More Chartreuse Pillows

Toss some cheerful color into your home with Decorative Chartreuse Throw Pillows like this....

Chartreuse and black elegant diamond damask design throw pillow
Chartreuse and black elegant diamond damask design throw pillow | Source

This is the brighter end of the chartreuse spectrum. As an accent, okay, but I don't think I'd have done the whole house.

Source

The photographer writes...

My mom lives in an older housing community which apparently no longer has a housing authority managing what the owners can and cannot do; like painting their house some ridiculous color.

Most houses are the standard shade of stone/beige/brown, but there is one house that really caught my eye. The bright green one. It's totally an eyesore in the neighborhood, but it's also so absolutely rad that I had to take a photo of it.

Chartreuse cars
Chartreuse cars | Source

Chartreuse Vehicles

No more wandering around looking for where you parked your car with THIS color!

Have you seen those greenish-yellow Volkswagen Bugs? I'll have to look for one and take a photo. I personally wouldn't buy that type of car (I drive too many dirt roads), but I'd definitely go for a chartreuse vehicle. It would be much easier to find in a full parking lot than my silver car.

In parts of the United States, Australia and New Zealand, chartreuse is the color used on fire engines, because it's more visible than the traditional red, especially at night. In Australia and New Zealand, it's known as "ACT yellow."

For years, police cars in Cleveland, Ohio were chartreuse.

And here's a neat chartreuse car on Flickr. I'm not sure what make or model it is, only that the photo was taken in London.

A Chartreuse Fire Truck in Australia

Source

A nicely color-coordinated fire hydrant

A nicely color-coordinated fire hydrant
A nicely color-coordinated fire hydrant | Source

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So, What Do You Think About All This Chartreuse?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I've got so I really like this color! Looks great with pink and brown. Don't think I would paint my house that color! Cool lens!

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      Very fun! My Step-dad loved to paint the classic cars he re-built that color, but he called it Banana with a slice of lime...lmao!

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wow, this is an interesting color & I love color! Well Done!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I think we should paint our bathrooms this color (the traditional one) instead of the lemony-yellow that's in there now. Whaddya think?

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      Sensitive Fern 7 years ago

      Fun, eye candy lens! 5*

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      That is one crazy cool color. Don't be surprise if I use it. This is a fun lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Chartreuse is not my favorite color but I really like this lens - great idea.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Honestly, I never knew the name of the color I referred to as "tennis ball yellow." I like the traditional color best of the three different ones you identified.

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      Laniann 7 years ago

      I don't like the color. But, you did a great selling job on the virtue of chartreuse. It looks good in nature. 5*

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Excellent lens! I have never heard of this color before - but I really like it. It is really popular in fashion right now. Very creative lens!

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      This is great. I love the Chartreuse Clothing, Shoes & Accessories. The photo of the house is crazy.

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      Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      My mother had a chatreuse (or at least, '70s green) ford Maverick. We called it the picklemobile.

      Unfortunately it was such an awful car that I now have an aversion to that whole band of the spectrum.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I didn't know there was so much Chartreuse in the world. I love color and am lensrolling this to my lens Who Is Roy G Biv.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very nice lens, original subject! I love to drink chartreuse, it is very good (and it is supposed to have some mysterious health effect....I doubt it, but hey).

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      Samantha Devereux 7 years ago from Columbia Mo

      Love your Lens!

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      lakshyaa 7 years ago

      Great lens on chartreuse color! I love it :)

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Love the color! I am going to lensroll it to my purple lens when it shows up in lensrolling. I guess it is still too new, so I will be back. Blessed also!

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      seegreen 7 years ago

      Nice colour, but not good on me. Makes me look even paler than I am!

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      Michelle Collins 7 years ago from Florida

      Love it 5*!

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