6 Fresh Spring Colors That Aren't Pastels

When it comes to spring colors, pale hues tend to get all the attention, but they're far from your only choices.

Now that the weather is finally starting to heat up — hopefully for good — we're ready to tuck away our winter wares and make our homes a little more spring-friendly. But instead of gravitating towards pastels like we usually do, this year, we're thinking outside of the box.

Sure, pastels are a tried-and-true spring staple (not to mention Pantone's colors of the year), but not everyone wants their home to resemble a bucket of cotton candy. So instead of pale pinks and soft yellows, these are the shades we're dying to try.

Emerald Green

Captivating Emerald Green Accent Wall in Bedroom

Captivating Emerald Green Accent Wall in Bedroom

Black and white bedding and sleek furniture are offset by a striking accent wall in this bedroom. Both daring and sophisticated, the emerald green agate motif adds a splash of color behind the platform bed. Small houseplants add a hint of color in the corners of the otherwise neutral room.

One of the best parts of spring is the return of bright green grass, and fresh leaves on every tree. The bold hue doesn't have to stay outside though. Decorating with a bit of bold green is a beautiful way to make a nature-inspired statement right in your home, whether you choose a high-impact statement wall or a few simple throw pillows.


Pineapple Wallpaper, Yellow-and-Black Chairs Make This a Dining Room for Fun

Pineapple Wallpaper, Yellow-and-Black Chairs Make This a Dining Room for Fun

Pineapple print wallpaper and a bold yellow-and-black color scheme ensure dinner conversation never gets too serious in this playful beach house dining room. Oversized basket pendant lights add to the relaxed nature of the home.

Photo by: Sean Litchfield Photography

Sean Litchfield Photography

We're always thrilled when the sun starts sticking around a lot longer during spring days, so what better way to celebrate the season than with a bright sunny yellow? Just remember a little yellow goes a long way, so it's best used in small doses, like the chairs in this pineapple-adorned dining room.


Gray Contemporary Sitting Room With Pink Sofa

Gray Contemporary Sitting Room With Pink Sofa

This sitting room gets a big, bold personality thanks to a mix of striking patterns and pops of hot pink. The white rug and clear coffee tables help anchor the flights of fancy around them.

Photo by: Rethink Design Studio

Rethink Design Studio

This neutral hue is seemingly always in style, but it does tend to be associated more with fall and winter than the warmer months. Not anymore. We love how fresh gray can make a room feel, and when it's paired with pink and white, it really screams spring.


Painted Sideboard & Tropical Wallpaper

Painted Sideboard & Tropical Wallpaper

Telling the story with this tropical wallpaper and painted sideboard, accompanied by the striking hand beaded chair.

Photo by: Bronwyn Poole

Bronwyn Poole

Incorporating orange into your home may seem daunting at first, as it is one of the most eye-catching shades out there, but it does wonders for your interiors. A little orange instantly brightens a room and adds a friendly, welcoming vibe, which basically makes it the color equivalent of a perfect spring day. 


Formal But Fun

Formal But Fun

The master bedroom has a refined style. "This is much more formal than any other room in the house, but the bold color makes it a little more fun and not really stuffy," says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn.

If you're looking to add a little vibrancy to your home this spring, look no further than turquoise. It's the perfect combination of blue and green, so decorating with turquoise gives you the chance to pay homage to the season's blue skies and green grass, without being too literal.


Transitional Style Bedroom in Brown with Blue

Transitional Style Bedroom in Brown with Blue

A bold pattern, repeated on the roman shades as well as the rug, helps unify this master bedroom. Powder blue accents play out across the room, adding unity and providing a soft visual pause, perfect in a room meant for relaxation.

Photo by: Eric Perry © 2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Eric Perry, 2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Brown may not seem super spring-friendly at first glance, but it's actually an ideal choice for the season. The earthy shade goes with absolutely everything — feel free to go a little crazy with your accessories — and has a subtle quality that mirrors the softness of spring.

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Color Trend: Pale Blue

Pantone's Color(s) of the Year, Serenity Blue, is a lovely shade to use as the main hue at a relaxing afternoon soiree. Purchase macarons in a light blue shade. (These are flavored with Earl Grey and mint chocolate chips.) Then use coordinating tea towels and fancy teacups for a Parisian-inspired event.

Color Trend: Bright Coral

The use of spring hues doesn't have to be as dramatic as painting a wall or buying a new rug. Update your decor with a few new accessories in a dramatic coral color to instantly liven up any piece of furniture. To create a cohesive look, repeat the coral hue in three to four different spots within the same vignette.

Color Trend: Zesty Yellow

Bring color into your nine-to-five by giving your workspace a pop of yellow with uplifting accessories. The spirited hue will encourage your best creativity and allow you to think more clearly.

Color Trend: Magenta + Gold

A traditional cake gets a stylish upgrade with sweeps of magenta and edible gilded gold. Nine Cakes designed this two-tier white buttercream cake with magenta and yellow accents, touches of gold and whimsical dollops of icing. These colorful embellishments are the perfect way to incorporate a hot, new color trend into a delicious dessert.

Color Trend: Blush

Pantone's Color(s) of the Year, Rose Quartz, is used in the form of paint to update a flea market console table. A few coats of paint is all you need to give a vintage piece of furniture new life and bring some blush-pink color into your living room this spring.

Color Trend: Shades of Gray

Keep your bedroom relaxed with layered whites and shades of gray. A white duvet cover creates a solid backdrop to layer in a velvet gray headboard, gray sheets and gray accent pillows in a variety of shades of textures. The single color palette is used to create a calming space to dream the night away.

Color Trend: Cobalt

Give your rustic farm table a modern touch with bright, cobalt blue placemats, white plates and black linen napkins. The juxtaposition between rustic wood and saturated color is a big trend for spring.

Color Trend: Pops of White

Harmony reigns when you mix a variety of planters in all the same color. Here, the whitewashed planters are displayed on a rustic wooden dresser to create a warm, soft glow and a sense of cohesiveness around a collection of lively plants.

Color Trend: Buttercup

A light, buttercup hue adds subtleness to an accent wall. Black frames with white mattes around colorful artwork make a pop-art statement against the pastel paint. The look is finished with a glossy white shelf and black pillar candlesticks.

Color Trend: Jewel Tones

Chromatic hues and layered textures bring a neutral couch to life. Brilliant pops of color in deep jewel tones work together in this living room by creating a playful space. Start with a textured rug, then add in yellow pillows, a red throw and a lamp in saturated hues to finish the look.

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