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.
The Color: Cobalt Blue
The Color: Exotic Orange
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: Soft Gray
Where to Use It: Interior designer Anastasia Faiella deems this dreamy shade of gray both classic and versatile. Bathe your kitchen or living room in the hue, or create a bedroom retreat with the calm, breezy color. “I love that so many other colors work perfectly with gray and how it can go cool or warm,” Anastasia says. Its fresh feel and look make it an easy choice for summer.
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: Candy Apple Red
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: Seaworthy Coral
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: Neon Yellow
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.