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Try this. In a second, I want you to close your eyes and think about a color that is at the same time both searing hot and exhilaratingly cool. Sounds like an oxymoron, I know, but try it. Close your eyes…

…so what color did you see? Let us know at the end of this post if what you pictured in your mind’s eye matches our pick for HGTV’s June Color of the Month…a hue that both sizzles and chills.

HGTV June 2011 Color of the Month is Cerise, a sizzling hot pink crossed with cherry red that's cool, too.

1. The Company Store allegra quilt and flower pillows; 2. Anthropologie moroccan jewel lantern; 3. Horchow peony cake stand; 4. Crate & Barrel marimekko mini unikko scarf; 5. Designers Guild arzino livenza damask; 6. FLOR haute stuff; 7. Jonathan Adler junior templeton chair; 8. India Rose kyra doormat; 9. PB Teen bedding bundle and madison floral shade; 10. Etsy seller Madderroot tea towel

When the votes were cast, Lili Zarghami, our Managing Editor, agreed Cerise is the perfect color for June. During the dog days of summer, this saturated hue would incite heat stroke. But early in the summer, it evokes thoughts of bright bathing suits with matching toe nail polish…cherry basil artisanal popsicles and homemade sangria. As someone who relishes happy coincidences, Rue picked cerise paired with marigold as one of their favorite summer color combos.

Bedroom & Dining Room by Interior Designer Angie Hranowsky - HGTV Design Happens blog
My favorite use of Cerise in interiors comes from Charleston-based designer Angie Hranowsky. Obviously, Cerise is a perfect accent color, whether paired with subdued yellows and peaches like in the bedroom or the crisp turquoise and white in the dining room. So far, I haven’t found a room I love with all four walls painted or wallpapered in a true Cerise like Benjamin Moore’s Royal Flush or Mythic Paint’s Portia . If you come across a stunning example, please share it with us.

So, what do you think? When I prompted you to close your eyes at the top of the post, is Cerise the color that popped into your head? Do agree it’s perfect for June? Tell us in the comments below.

63 Responses

  1. Lorri says:

    I love this color, always have! I remember as a girl having clothing made out of this color. I may have to work it into our home. My husband would be open to the color, it seems "girly" but if I sell it the right way…Maybe some throw pillows! Time to go shopping! I think I'll try mixing it with lime…

  2. Mila says:

    I actually thought about "framboise" – I guess this is called "raspberry" – it is an intense red with bluish hues… I love it!

  3. JC says:

    Great color but probably not for everyday.

    I thought of hot, fresh spring green . . .

    not that has summer jump in it!

  4. I love it! So fresh and lively! Perfect for the summer!

  5. Jackie says:

    Just a bit too gawdy for me. I would put that color combo in the 30 something category. Not classy or sophisticated but kind of funky without being childish. I see each generation as having their own color scheme.

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  7. Lynda aka nyclq says:

    LOVE IT! And actually had shifted this color from our dining room (during February) upstairs to our master bedroom – which is grey, black and white. Cerise works SO WELL with it – it gave it the jolt it needed – simialr to adding red during the holiudays. I love it. Adding Cerise to the space also helped to balance its fem side – since B&W and grey sometimes can look too masculine.

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