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Summer Colors and How to Use Them

Summer is the perfect time to break out fresh color in your home. Get designers’ picks for the top shades of the summer, plus learn how to use each hue for maximum impact.  For more color picks from HGTV.com please go click HERE!

By: Tobi Fairley and Allie Holcomb

The Color: Seaworthy Coralcoral

Where to Use It: As one of the sea’s most vibrant hues, coral is a standout shade no matter where you use it. Accessories are a natural fit for this accent color, whether it’s a pillow sham or a throw for the foot of the bed. For a bigger statement, why not add an unexpected twist by pairing this punchy color with white for a striped ceiling?

The Color: Sunny Yellow

Where to Use It: Hello, yellow! This bright, happy color can’t help but bring a smile to your face. Artwork and accent pillows are two simple ways to let the “sunshine” in to your room. To make the color pop even more, pair it with a soft neutral, such as gray or white.

The Color: Sky Blue

Where to Use It: Just like the sky itself, this shade of blue has a serene, calming presence. “I like to use it in healthy doses on furniture, drapery panels and large accessories,” says interior designer Tobi Fairley. It can bring the same quieting effect to a bedroom, sitting room or any space where you like to relax and unwind.

The Color: Crisp White

Where to Use It: Like laundry draped across a clothesline, a brilliant white can give any space a fresh, clean look. Use white as a neutral backdrop, and then accessorize with accent pieces in your favorite colors, or create a monochromatic design by enveloping the room in an all-white palette.

The Color: Refreshing Lime

Where to Use It: You know how a hint of lime makes everything – from salsa to a cocktail – just a bit better? The color can have the same effect on a room. Use it as a highlight accent, like the bookcase backdrop shown here, then bring in smaller accessories in the same color to complete the look.

The Color: Water’s Edge Bluewaters edge blue

Where to Use It: No matter where you live, nothing is as inviting as a cool body of water on a summer day. Get the same feeling in your living areas by immersing the room in this cool shade. For a dramatic effect, use the color on upholstered pieces, drapery panels and accessories.

The Color: Tropical Pink

Where to Use It: Combine a touch of sweetness and a splash of sass, and you’ve got this fabulous shade of pink. “Hot pink is always a great color to add impact and spice to a space,” says interior designer Bronwyn Poole. “It’s not as polarizing as baby pink and easily tones with other colors.” Bronwyn suggests sourcing a textile that has tropical pink as the base cloth with a multicolored print on top.

The Color: Nautical Navy

Where to Use It: If you follow fashion trends, you may have noticed navy is one of the hottest “new neutrals.” Just like black, white and gray, navy can create a statement without overpowering a room. Pair it with bold colors, such as red or pink, to create style-setting combos. Want to follow the nautical trend? Consider using it in a striped pattern like the rug shown here.

The Color: Fresh-Squeezed Orangefresh squeezed orange

Where to Use It: Whether it’s juice from a roadside stand or cool sherbet on a hot day, orange has long been the color of summer. For a quick spruce-up, add orange or tangerine throw pillows to a neutral couch. If you’re a true fan of the juicy color, add statement pieces such as painted side tables or a sideboard.

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