Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Color Obsession: For the Love of Lime

Lately, I just can't get enough of the lighter, poppier shades of green. From lime to citron to chartreuse to olivine to pistachio to pear to apple green to wasabi, I am absolutely eating them up.

The good news is that, despite the inherent boldness of the hue, bright green is actually quite versatile: It's fresh and youthful when paired with yellow, pink, blue, or white, but takes on a more sophisticated, autumnal mood mixed with browns, reds, and deep oranges.

Apparently, I'm not the only one lusting after lime -- the shade seems to be popping up everywhere these days. A look at some lime loveliness:

Jungle Vase, $30, and Buddha Head, $15, from CB2; Victoria Hagan Vase, $30, at Target; Lacquer Vase, $62, from Lotus Bleu; Jonathan Adler Lantern Pot, $44

Mayfair Lamp, $374, Citrine Pendant, $490, and Flamingo Lamp, $490, by Shine; Twiggy Lamp from Moth Design; LUM Basketweave Lamp, $1,000

Anthropologie Botah and Granny Smith lampshades, both $58

Cerci Dinnerware, $5 each, at Pier 1; Hibis Plates, $13 each, at EQ3; IKEA City Dinnerware, $2; Haiku Platter, $10, and Verde Platter, $13, both from CB2

Double Happiness Teapot, $24, at Anthropologie; Stelton Vacuum Jug, $80, at Abitare; Tray, $22, from Decorative Things; Fruit Bowl, $20, at Mxyplyzyk

Unison Larch Pillow, $52, at Design Public; Lemon Green Embroidered Floor Cushion by En Gry & Sif; Hable Construction Viridian Palm Pillow, $140; Jonathan Adler Bargello Scallop Pillow, $110; CB2 Sparrow Pillow, $25; Jonathan Adler Big Sur Lime Pillow, $98

Amy Butler Lime Tree Peony Fabric, $10 per yard, from Purl Soho; Marimekko Paaryna Fabric, $36 per panel; Roundabout Fabric, $12 per yard, and Swirl Fabric, $11 per yard, both from Lewis & Sharon Textile Co.; IKEA Katrin Fabric, $6 per yard; Everett Fabric, $25 per yard, from Lewis & Sharon

IKEA Kaktus Quilt Cover, $15 to $30; Tussuto Throw, $40, at CB2; Leaf Line Curtain, $108 to $148, from Anthropologie

Romo Kimura Lime Wallpaper, available at Walnut Wallpaper; Florence Broadhurst Tropical Paradise Wallpaper, $398 per roll, Phanthom Lime Wallpaper, 109 per roll, and Boheme Green Geometric Wallpaper, $119 per roll, all available at Wandrlust; Ribbon Candy Wallpaper, $150 to 250 per roll, from Flavor Paper

Madeline Weinrib Mandala Tibetan Rug; Not Neutral Seasons Rug, $240 to $480; Judy Ross Green & Cream Clover Runner, $875, at 2Modern

Lucy Totem Stool, $275, from ModernDose; Lime Cube, $200, from Mxyplyzyk; IKEA Fritiof Stool, $6

Lotus Bleu Slipper Chair, $1,450; Urban Outfitters High Roller Chair, $200; Eames Rocker, $399, at Room + Board; Philippe Starck Mademoiselle Chair, $784, at HiveModern; Jonathan Adler Chippendale Chair, $495; Highback Armchair, $3,700 for a pair, at Pieces; Libel Lounge Chair, $1,416, at HiveModern

Pix Table, $100, at Design Within Reach; Parsons Console Table, $425, from ModernDose; Doca Autunno Flatpack Coffee Table, $65, at A+R Store; Ligne Roset Lunatique Table

Green and White Chest of Drawers, $3,995 for two, at Pieces; Shine Cary Buffet, $1,990, at Cottage & Bungalow

(Photo at top by Paul Costello for Domino magazine.)


Barb McMahon said...

And if you paint it on your walls, you will never tire of it. It's just so fresh!

Sarah said...

Light green's my favorite color. Always has been! I prefer it more balanced between blue and yellow than lime is, though. :)

dianamuse said...

Is there a way I can just wrap up your post (in some chartreuse gift paper, of course) and give it to myself every day? You've uncovered some amazing finds here!! I never tire of green. Ever.

beachbungalow8 said...

holy smokes. that was one of the most comprehensive posts ever!

such a great color. pear, lettuce, grass, lime. whatever the name, whatever the surface, always modern and interesting

Raissa said...

Where is the first picture from? I love the shape of the painted headboard!

Leah said...

Hi Raissa,

The first image is from Domino magazine. Click on the link at the very end of the post to go to that page on Domino's website.

All the best,


Brilliant Asylum said...

I was going to ask the same question about the headboard. I think you successfully captured ever current lime green out there! said...

Hi Leah
What a totally amazing post you have done...brilliant!!!!

casacaudill said...

I'm thinking of painting our bathroom some version of a soft lime or granny smith apple green. Now, if I could just get the other half to agree ...

KWiggen12 said...

Great post! I get told all the time that I'm crazy for always infusing my designs with such a bright color, but it is so fun and fresh. I can't get enough! Great post!!
-Kaylyn R. Wiggenhauser


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