What Color is Chartreuse and what is its meanings and associations, plus what is the origins of the color, how does it influence us and what does it suggest about your personality if it’s a favorite color?
What Color is Chartreuse?
Chartreuse is a color that’s somewhere between green and yellow. There is chartreuse Green, also known as (Web Chartreuse) and chartreuse Yellow, also known as (Traditional Chartreuse). Simply increase the dominance of the colors green and yellow to get the desired version of the color. Chartreuse green is also sometimes known as lime green or apple green. Chartreuse yellow is also known as mellow yellow.
The word Chartreuse is french in origin which means Charterhouse, which is the name given to the Carthusian Monasteries. It’s within these monasteries where the monks produced Chartreuse liqueur.
Chartreuse green and yellow get their names due to their similarity in color to these French liqueurs, green chartreuse released 1764 and yellow chartreuse released 1838.
Where Chartreuse is Used
Chartreuse is sometimes used in home decoration, however it’s fairly rare. It’s more often used in sportswear, similar to how high visible and high energy colors such as orange and yellow are used. Chartreuse Yellow is often considered the color of high visibility safety clothing, and also the most common color of Tennis balls.
Both versions of chartreuse are attractive yet unconventional colors. To wear or display either color in large amounts shows inward, unconventional thinking. You’re probably intuitive with a strong need for self expression and uniqueness, more than likely a strong motivation to be creative in some way.
Choosing chartreuse in some form probably suggests a person with an open personality. Open minded, imaginative with many interests. Variety in work and life is very important.
Both colors can look great when combined with other colors, especially darker colors. This would suggest a strong interest in appearances, visual simulation is important with a great deal of mental energy going into either how they look or the environment within they live.
Influences of Chartreuse
- Chartreuse can increase physical and mental/social energy and enthusiasm.
- It can encourage us to go outside and enjoy nature and wildlife.
- Chartreuse can increase positive thinking and optimism.
- Because chartreuse is made up of yellow and green, two colors which are strongly associated with envy and jealousy. The same association can be made with chartreuse.