The Symbolism Of Lime Green: Color Swatches For The Soul

Written by Michaela MacBlake Matthews

Welcome back to another edition of Color Swatches For The Soul, where we are taking a closer look at the symbolism of shades, and how to set the mood for your craft projects, fashion, and lifestyle with color psychology! Today we’re looking at Lime Green.

Lime green symbols on a rainbow and dark grey background, a woman's face in a frame surrounded by a vine, a book, a ball of yarn, and a pair of high heels.

The Green Family

In color psychology, greens represent health, life, and prosperity! They are the most abundant hue in nature, and are often used in all things eco-friendly and nutritious. As a mixture of joyful yellow and thinking blue, green symbolizes taking the well-thought-out path to long term happiness, and finding a pleasant balance in the long term.

While yellow is a quick, fleeting color, the added blue makes green a color to grow on, and brings happiness into a larger context. Likewise, while the loyal and witty blue can become a toolbox without a project on its own, yellow gives it a brightness to aim toward, just as water travels up the stalk of a plant toward the sun!

How Lime Green Sets The Mood

Lime Green is the zingy, tangy shade of vitality, much like the fruit it was named after. It is one of the most saturated shades, not being tinted by any white or black, and this gives it a full-throttle sort of feeling. Lime Green is exactly what it is, no holds barred.

As well as being an intense shade of green, the hue of Lime Green leans about as far toward yellow as it can while still holding strong the essence of the green family. Altogether, Lime Green represents a quick moving, youthful sense of vitality, and a fun-filled sense of health.

Two hands below a lime green ball of yarn, in a white frame surrounded by a rainbow color palette.

How To Use Lime Green In Your Craft Projects

Lime Green symbolizes a wild and quick witted high-level energy. It is a wonderful color for picking up speed and keeping momentum. Because it is so quick moving and relentless, it is best used when the direction has already been set in place. (If this color was a car, it would take very sharp turns.)

Lime Green craft projects make great acknowledgment gifts and thank you gifts. It is the perfect shade to say ‘Keep up the great work!’ or ‘You’re headed in the right direction!’ Unlike lemon yellow, lime green can stand the test of time in large swatches without becoming exhausting to look at. However, it is not a bedroom color! The liveliness of this hue is best used in outings and wakeful spaces.

Lime Green woman's face silhouette in a frame with color wheel background and sparkling stars.

Color Palettes For Lime Green

Lime Green is at home with deep violets and midnight purples. These dark, intuitive shades call even more attention to its tangy, exuberant nature, and dance with uncovering its quirkiness. It also works well with night sky blue, deepening its thoughtful nature below the surface.

Lime Green can team up with most any full saturation color, so long as it isn’t just the two of them competing for attention. It will also lead over any pastels near it, and can feel quite wholesome in that context, sampling its liveliness to the softer, more gentle-footed hues.

Lime Green works well with most neutrals, as well, and often charges them up individually, taking on the impression of the neutral for itself. It makes grey feel more posh and neutral, makes black feel darker and more unknown, makes brown feel more grounded, etc.

Lime Green is a battery of a color, and says that life is happening now. It adds gumption to most everything it touches, so it is best used to reap more of what you love to sow…

If you can feel it, there’s a color for it!

Meet the Author

Close up of the author, Michaela Matthews wearing red lipstick and a poofy red scarf with white flower arrangement in background.

"Mac" is on the Lifestyle Team here at Darn Good Yarn, and loves taking a ‘teach a man to fish’ approach to creative therapy. She is certified in neuro-linguistic programming, and is also the surreal artist and author behind Surrealismac.