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When our color committee convened to choose our inaugural hue, the debate got heated. You had opinions too, with fans of everything from purple to sea-glass blue stating their case. (HGTV fan Andrea even illustrated her favorite color, chrome yellow, with a cake.)


We chose our color based on three criteria: rising popularity, seasonality and availability. We want a hue that’s just popping on your radars, not one that crested last spring or even last month. It should also represent August, the month spanning summer and fall. Finally, stores must carry a variety of home decor items in the color. (How awful is it to love a specific shade and not be able to find it at CB2 or Ballard Designs?)

After arguments for nearly 20 colors, our team narrowed them down to four: teal blue, charcoal gray, chartreuse and plum. The winner? Drum roll please….


As our site director, Jillian, said, “It’s a bridge color between the bright citrus colors we’ve seen this summer and some of Pantone’s fashion forecasts for fall, particularly Endive and Golden Glow. We’re not quite ready to let go of bright, hot summer but everyone knows that fall is around the corner. Days are getting shorter. Kids are getting ready for school. We’re looking ahead.”

One thing we love is how well it plays with a variety of styles. Try it with orange, pink and vivid blue for Moroccan flair; tie it to sky blue or pale green for French-inspired appeal; or pair it with sea-glass shades, from sky-blue to turquoise, for a fresh coastal feel.

design-happens-chartreuse-style-boardClick for the style board

It can go from young to sophisticated with a spin of the color wheel. We love its glowing, acid nature paired with aqua, chocolate and all tones of pink. Standard Social reminds us, though, not to go overboard. With chartreuse, less is always more!

design-happens-cb2-grellow-dining-chairsThis CB2 dining room captures my personal style perfectly, seamlessly blending rustic with modern.

design-happens-balis-teenager-bedroomDesigner Judith Balis goes for a Bohemian look in a girl’s bedroom.

design-happens-little-loveables-chartreuse-mustardLittle Loveables shows how chartreuse works with mustard and orange.

design-happens-traditional-home-chartreuse-purpleThe sublime pairing of chartreuse and purple in Traditional Home

design-happens-traditional-home-platesAlso from Traditional Home, a gallery-style collection of charming plates.

design-happens-house-beautiful-coastal-bedroomCoastal chic from House Beautiful (image 13)

Agree? Disagree? Tell us how we did. You’ll get another chance to argue your color choice when we begin the process again for September.


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