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Top 21 Summer Colors and How to Use Them

May 28, 2015

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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