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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.

69 Responses

  1. purple queen says:

    Love it, but could not live with it on a daily basis.

  2. Anna@HGTV says:

    As I think about it, I can see orange being hot and cool, too. Like an orange Fanta pop and the orange in a flame.

  3. Karli_HGTV says:

    Hi Anne,
    An accent wall is a great way to add color too a room without overwhelming your space. Great design choice! Im loving the Angie Hranowsky bedroom Anna pictured in the post. You could reverse the color scheme a little. Since you're wanting a cerise wall, keep the bedding neutral, but make sure you continue the cerise in small doses throughout the room. Silk flowers. Frames. Area rugs. I'd also add pops of aqua and plenty of toned-down, natural greens to keep it from getting too technicolor. Good luck!

  4. Anna@HGTV says:

    Anne – what style of bedroom do you have? Traditional, contemporary? You might consider black…gunmetal gray…periwinkle…depends on the space.
    Here are some links to other rooms with Cerise: http://www.hgtv.com/designers-portfolio/room/tradhttp://www.hgtv.com/designers-portfolio/room/tradhttp://www.hgtv.com/designers-portfolio/room/tradhttp://www.hgtv.com/designers-portfolio/room/trad

  5. Anna@HGTV says:

    Interesting, is that because the hottest part of a flame is light blue? Clayart mentioned they saw bright blue…

  6. Anna@HGTV says:

    So true!

  7. Anna@HGTV says:

    Totally, that pillow combination is very compelling. And I like the little petal details. It's the purple/blue influences that make it such a fun color.

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