“Lemongrass” in the Home: Inspiring Inaugural Fashion

“Lemongrass” in the Home: Inspiring Inaugural Fashion

Susie Nadler
Jan 29, 2009

Isabel Toledo, the designer of Michelle Obama's striking Inauguration Day outfit, calls the color of the suit "lemongrass." In a crayola box, it might go by the less poetic name of "yellow-green." Whatever you want to call it, it was a bold choice on a bold day, and it got us thinking about the ways this color and its many variations can be used in the home.

Your paint palette. In these two examples from Domino, contrasting wood and leather furnishings, along with clean white trim, complement two slightly different citrine shades.

The fresh green tone of the paint in this attic from Cottage Living make the space feel larger. Another bedroom, designed by Nancy Pearson and featured in Home, combines the yellow-green with aqua blues for a rich, luxurious feel.

Bed linens. Solid lemongrass might be a bit much to wake up to in the morning, but these delicate patterns on white, from Marimekko and Anthropologie, are soothing and springlike.

Bright accents. A wing chair from Elle Décor, upholstered in pin-tucked yellow-green satin, is as dressy as Mrs. Obama's sparkly coat. If you don't want to commit to a custom piece in lemongrass, you can always make a smaller investment, like this throw pillow from LanaKole.

What do you think? Are you as inspired by our First Lady's style as we are?

Inauguration Photo: Doug Mills for the New York Times

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