Colors are a lot like people. They all have their own unique personality with varying degrees of popularity. Did you know that the color Blue is preferred by more people on the planet than any other color?  Blue is like the Rock Star of the color world.

The greens, red, yellows, oranges, and purples, all have varying amounts of  lovers and friends and then there are those colors that seem to get no respect. These colors are thought of by some as “bad” colors. Think mauve, burgundy, or pinky beige (pink slime anyone?). Well every now and then something good happens to turn what is perceived as a “bad” color into super star.

Take the color Brown. About 20 years ago brown was one of those “get no respect” colors. It was perceived as dull, utilitarian, and boring; certainly not a color we welcomed into our home or painted on our walls. Well along came a little company called Starbucks and a really good thing happened to the color Brown. Starbucks gave the color brown a complete makeover; brown became sexy, rich, and exotic. Brown even changed it’s name to Chocolate, Espresso, and Coffee.  Brown went from one of those “bad” colors  to everyone’s darling all because of the power of Starbucks.

starbucks_bold_coffee_photo with bedroom

Starbucks brown

Well hang on to your hats because there is another color that is undergoing a big reputation make over. It’s  a color that many people will tell you they don’t like;  a color with a “bad” reputation. This time it wasn’t a corporation that changed a color’s reputation but a lovable little guy from a movie that has been a good thing for this “bad” color.


Image of Shrek

Yes, we can thank the cultural icon known as  Shrek for being the good thing that happened to Chartreuse green. This half yellow half green color has become one of the hottest colors of 2012 in home, fashion and product.

2012 Chartreuse green

2012 Chartreuse green

Designers  Christian Siriano and Oscar De La Renta chose chartreuse green for their Spring 2012 collection, and who ever thought a chartreuse green file cabinet, shoes or phone would be considered “hot”.

Here are a few interiors that have embraced this hot new color.






Chartreuse may still be popular for a while longer because one more good thing is going to happen to Chartreuse. ..Hint: “it ain’t easy being green.


So how about you?  What do you think of Chartreuse green?  Would you use it in your home?

If you would like help choosing color or decorating your home give me a call at 617-965-3342.

Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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