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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.

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  2. Anna@HGTV says:

    Like in the dining chairs and Crate&Barrel scarf…so sharp!

  3. paula says:

    I love shades of pink. It is fine for clothing but in my house that 's a no, no!

  4. Anna@hgtv says:

    Sounds stunning!

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  6. Anna@hgtv says:

    Absolutely, or customize a solid curtain in another color with a decorative band of black.
    Check out these rooms: http://www.hgtv.com/designers-portfolio/room/tradhttp://www.hgtv.com/designers-portfolio/room/trad

  7. [...] time for the HGTV color of the month! For June, it’s Cerise – a hue that both cools and sizzles, according to HGTV, “During the dog days of summer, [...]

  8. A. K. M. says:

    As an art teacher, I would tell my students it was REDVIOLET. Warm hues are reds, yellows & oranges, cool hues are blues, greens & purples. Red Violet is half warm & half cool. (like yellowgreen). the J. Adler chair (pix #7) is the perfect red violet or cerise.

  9. Kathryn says:

    I absolutely love the color and always have. Even though I do not use it in my home decor it has been in my gardens for years now. It is definitely a color that draws attention.

  10. landrioli says:

    I love it, especially with orange. In fact I just bought a bathing suit in these colors!

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