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Our Color-of-the-Month conversation heated up again when our decorating editors, shopping experts and color gurus met to pick September’s hue. We studied the design and fashion sites, coming up with a variety of options, from Pantone’s Rose Dust to a runway favorite, olive green. You also weighed in with fresh fall colors like camel, wine and cobalt.

To be picked for HGTV’s Color of the Month, a shade must meet three criteria: (a) it has to be seasonal (b) up-and-coming (c) and available in stores. One color we loved, peacock, met the first two but whiffed on the third. (Though I’m hoping it’ll make a strong showing in October.)

By the end of a two-hour debate, we reached consensus: persimmon.

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Ripe persimmons range from orange-yellow to red-orange, and we chose the red-orange end of the spectrum. This is my favorite season, when the hot days of Indian summer give way to cooler weather. I love the first glimpse of orange, red and gold in the leaves and for me, persimmon captures that excitement.

1. Switchback Rug, CB2; 2. Angelica Storage Cube, Horchow; 3. Tripod G5 Floor Lamp, Horne; 4. Mid-Century Tufted Lounge Chairs, 1stdibs

This bright color pairs well with fall’s newest neutral, gray. It stands strong against black and pops crisply against white.

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For lovers of a strong palette, try it with turquoise; the complementary scheme will brighten your mood all season long.

Tell us how we did picking September’s hue in the comments section. And if you have a favorite example of the color, we’d love to see it.

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  1. Sandra says:

    Nadia, Lisa, Linda, Jenny, & Doris: I have been complaining for a long time about the House Hunters, etc. ad nauseum. It doesn't help — only makes them want to do it more. The network has started the You vs. Your Mortgage sweepstakes in an attempt to get viewers on Tuesday night (for 4 weeks), but even a chance at $50,000 isn't enough to make me sit through the House Hunters and HH-like shows. I have pointed out everything all of you have said and evidently they JUST DON'T CARE.

  2. […] September, we gave Color of the Month status to the bright, beautiful persimmon. It seemed to perfectly epitomize the point between summer and fall and, oh, the delicious […]

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