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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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13 Responses

  1. I<3HGTV says:

    I'm not usually an orange person but this shade is perfect! I can't wait to incorporate it into my living room. So excited for next month!!!

  2. Francie says:

    For persimmon colored shelf paper, try Sunset Vines at ChicShelfPaper.com! You can cover an open bookcase for a pop of color.

  3. gina says:

    Orange for the win! Love it so much, especially as a key element instead of being relegated to the "pop of color" as it so often is. Those mid-century lounge chairs are sweet. :D

  4. Superfine Bakery says:

    Yay Persimmon!! It's such a happy warm color — perfect for Fall!!

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  6. TeaRecks says:

    Love, love, love orange and this Persimmon looks fresh, warm and bright.

  7. Nadia says:

    I used to be an avid viewer of HGTV, recently I have found this very innovate channel to be very dull. Everytime I tune in House Hunters something is always on. This is obviousley a filler, but I'm tired of it an choosing to not longer tune. All the good show are gone it seems – so sad about this because HGTV was my favorite channel. I really wish you guys could bring back some of the old show. Thanks –

  8. Lisa says:

    Nadia, I agree. I also have moved on to other networks (TLC, Bravo, DIY) as it seems HH is always on.

    • Linda Miller says:

      I am so sorry not to see Candice Olson on HGTV she is the greatest and the most wonderful decorator. I am also tired of House Hunters, First Time Home Buyers, I want to see decorating ideas I thought that was what HGTV is all about things to do and decorating Ideas. Please bring Candice Olson more in this show, I normally watch HGTV every night but has slacked off because of all the shows that are on now, I can't help but think ratings are going to drop. thanks

  9. Jamie says:

    I got married in September 2010 & my bridesmaids dresses were persimmon….I knew that was a good choice in February when I picked it out…I also agree there is waaaaaaaaay too much House Hunters, bring back the decorating shows, esp. design on a dime, that's how i shop with everything

  10. Doris says:

    I agree with Jenny. Not enough decorating shows. I don't care which one of the three house they will choose to buy. I am interested in decorating. Where did "It's so sew simple go". I just turn the channel when they go looking for a house. And the outdoor shows. Where did just plain comfortable go? Sometimes you just need a screeened in porch where you can relax and read and listen to the birds sing. Some of us are seniors.

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