Top 21 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.



The Color: Cobalt Blue

Where to Use It: Bold yet playful, cobalt blue makes a statement without feeling abrasive. Interior designer Ghislaine Viñas says the dynamic hue works great for home offices. “To get more comfortable with color, start in a small room and learn to relax and play with color,” Ghislaine says.
Photo By: Ghislaine Vinas Interior Design 

The Color: Exotic Orange

Where to Use It: Vibrant orange is an instant energizer in any space. Ghislaine says the color works well when you’re seeking a warm feel but want a punchy impact. If an orange sofa is out of your comfort zone, opt for a small accent wall in the zingy hue. A wall decal is a great way to get a temporary taste of this exciting color.

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.



Photo By: Sam Oberter Photography 

The Color: Candy Apple Red

Where to Use It: Sparking memories of freshly-candied apples at old-fashioned fairs, this shade of red is perfect for a dining room. “Choosing a non-primary red is much more attractive to our eyes, as it is complex,” explains architect and designer Alan Metcalfe. Alan says the powerful hue stimulates appetite, productivity and passion.

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.



Photo By: Photographer – Michael Rodenbush 

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?



Photo By: John Granen Photography 

The Color: Neon Yellow

Where to Use It: The ultimate mood-lifter, neon yellow is trendy, exuberant and full of summer cheer. “While an entire accent wall of neon yellow might not be for everyone, it’s certainly one way to add a punch or wow factor to your room,” says interior designer Kimberlee Gorsline. “For those that want just a touch of neon yellow, consider working it in with your accents — think pillows, vases, artwork and lamps.”
Photo By: Altell

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.





Information Courtesy of  Tobi Fairley and Allie Holcomb King


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