Sunny Chartreuse Living Room

Chartreuse is the happiest of colors. It’s like if grass mated with the sun. I even love the word chartreuse.  Elegant, vibrant, and so very French. The color is actually named after a liquor French monks first made in the 1700s, which makes me like the color even more.

I’ve always loved chartreuse. My mom let me redecorate my bedroom in high school. I painted the bottom half of the walls chartreuse, the top with wide chartreuse stripes, and separated the two sections with a black and white swirly wallpaper border. I’m pretty sure my bedspread was zebra print. Mom kept my door shut when we had people over.

Despite that garish bedroom, I wanted to revisit the color when decorating our living room. The room is already cheerful and sunny on it’s own, with a high, partially domed ceiling, and epic windows. It’s a social room, where we sit and talk, where Mr. Dame practices the flute, where we mix up drinks, and where I occasionally work out, so I wanted it to be energizing and have a sense of fun.

First, a before pic:

Before. Beige and blah.
Before. Beige and blah.

It’s not quite done: I loathe the cat-hair collecting black coffee table, and still am looking for some cool art to replace my DIY bird montage.  But here’s what I’ve got so far:

The absolute best part of the room: Those epic windows.
The absolute best part of the room: Those epic windows.
Words to live by: Put a bird on it.
Words to live by: Put a bird on it.
This chartreuse vintage armchair was the color inspiration for the room. I spotted it in my friend's basement when I was 18 and his mom said "Oh that? You can have it." I've loved it ever since.
This chartreuse vintage armchair was the color inspiration for the room. I spotted it in my friend’s basement when I was 18 and his mom said “Oh that? You can have it.” I’ve loved it ever since. We also treasure the paintings hanging on the wall, which were painted by Mr.Dame’s grandfather, inspired by his time in Italy during WWII.
An Ikea pillow getting cozy with one from the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. On a brown chaise that I scored for just $200 at a now-defunct Washington DC furniture store.
An Ikea pillow getting cozy with one from the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. On a brown chaise that I scored for just $200 at a now-defunct Washington DC furniture store.
The bar cart. Originally a piece of garbage on the mean streets of New York.
The bar cart. Originally a piece of garbage on the mean streets of New York.
This bust has been the bane of every male roommate I've ever had. Including Mr. Dame. But now it's a lamp, so it's suddenly functional in addition to being awesome.
This bust has been the bane of every male roommate I’ve ever had. Including Mr. Dame. But now it’s a lamp, so it’s suddenly functional in addition to being awesome.

 

One of the Diplocats, Boj, looking resplendent on our recently repainted couch.
One of the Diplocats, Boj, looking resplendent on our recently repainted couch, next to this floral pillow, a wedding gift from Anthropologie.

UPDATE: I made some improvements to the chartreuse living room in the year or so after these photos were taken. Here was how the room looked before we packed it all up and departed Spain. 

To sunny spaces,

The Dame in Spain

9 thoughts on “Sunny Chartreuse Living Room

  1. I agree, chartreuse is such a fun color! Did you do anything inside the dome? Very nice Emily!!!! Aunt Patty

  2. Hi Emily, you should see page 186 of the May issue of Elle Decor – a chartreuse living room!
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  3. I can’t belee you turned the bust into a lamp! So crafty! Love the pic of Bojy. I just scored a green chartreuse chair the other day on St. Botolph Street & need to figure out how to fix it up/clean it! It’s awesome! Great minds…

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