Chartreuse and Circa Green

August 19, 2019

Both “Chartreuse” and “Circa Green” are very warm yellow-greens. Although “Chartreuse” sounds like it would be a bright color, in reality, it’s actually quite traditional. It looks wonderful with a complete range of wood tones and really sings when you combine it with cool blue greens like “Oasis”, “Gustavian Grey”, and “Tiffany Turquoise” and reds like spice blogger Courtenay Dunk used in her office (photographed below). For more on Chartreuse, see my previous blog post “Chartreuse, Spice and All Things Nice“.

“Chartreuse” walls and bookcase in blogger Courtenay Dunk’s office.
Reds and oranges are great complements to these “Chartreuse” walls in this girl’s bedroom.

“Circa Green” was created for the exterior of The Market at Circa 1857. Circa is an old stucco building built in the 20’s that formerly housed a pharmacy. Owner Garrett Kemp wanted to repaint it so that it stood out but also didn’t want it to stick out like a sore thumb in this Garden District neighborhood. Since it’s surrounded by nothing but concrete, I felt it needed green to help it connect more with nature as opposed to the concrete that surrounds it.

Here’s Circa 1857 before we repainted it. As you can see, it really needed a facelift!
“Circa Green” was used as the main part of the stucco but the horizontal moldings cried out for some accent color and the base needed to work well with the concrete sidewalk so we chose “Sunset Orange” for the narrow moldings and “Moss Green” for the base and wide molding.
On Circa’s front doors we used “Lakeside Napoleon” in PPG’s new Break-Through product and “Spanish Moss” on the columns. All other paint is Manor Hall Exterior Paint & Primer in One.

If you’re in the Baton Rouge area, be sure to stop in at The Market at Circa 1857 where you’ll find over 50 vendors showcasing home décor, antiques, lighting, salvage and art. It’s located on the corner of Park Boulevard and Government Street (1857 Government Street, hence the name). This complex also houses a café that serves lunch, the Mosaic Garden gift shop and The Guru event venue which is another one of my fondest projects!

If you’d like to see free hand-painted samples of “Chartreuse” and “Circa Green”, visit my Online Store where you can order individual cuttings or larger hand-painted samples and sample jars in addition to gallons of paint. Never has painting been so easy, just order online and pick up at your local PPG Paints store. And don’t forget! Color consultations with me personally are included in the price of the paint!


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