Color Combo: Chartreuse and Turquoise

Blues and greens, which so often appear together in nature, can be used together to great effect in interiors as well. Lately we've been excited about the coupling of turquoise and chartreuse, two bold, acidic shades that somehow make a brilliant pair.

Of course there are many subtle shades to play with in the spectrum of turquoise and chartreuse... from sky blue to teal, and from yellow-green to lime. You can tinker around with these to find the most complementary pair. If you want to go all out, choose the boldest shade of each; or, in order to temper the brightness, try pairing a paler shade of one color with a brighter or more saturated hue.

If you're ready to go big, consider a reupholstery project using a fabric in turquoise or chartreuse. These non-traditional colors are an especially fun contrast for a formal piece or an antique (see second photo).

If, on the other hand, you want to try the color combo without making a big investment, throw pillows and fresh flowers are a great way to get a sense for how you feel about bringing a bold color into your home. We love the green mums in the fourth photo against the bright blue velvet pillow.

Do you like this particular blue/green combo in your home? How do you make it work?

(Images: Absolutely Beautiful Things; Ish & Chi (2 and 3); Desire to Inspire; Design*Sponge/Kristen Bach; Design*Sponge/Eleanor Grosch; Livingetc; Roomlust/Frank Roop)