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It’s officially the dog days of summer, at least it is here at HGTV headquarters. The temperatures have been coming in over 100 degrees and everyone has taken to the air conditioning. When it’s sweltering outside, you probably think of hot colors like Pantone’s Tangerine Tango, or maybe an intense chili pepper red. But this month we’re making a case for what might seem an unusual choice for July: Driftwood Grey.

july color of the month driftwood grey walls

via The Prop House

I know what you’re thinking, grey? For summer? But bear with me. Instead of thinking of stark, cold, wintery tones, picture the weather-beaten, sun-warmed grey of boardwalks and beach houses. We love how it pairs with sunny hues, but it looks equally great set off by neutrals.

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Driftwood Grey Bathroom, HGTV.com

Lili’s Driftwood Grey Pinterest board won our team over with its great use of the color, inside and out. When pitching her choice, she summed it up perfectly, “Driftwood grey evokes coastal climates for me, particularly the New England coastline. I think of sunbaked and wind-battered shingles on Cape Cod and gorgeous pieces of water-worn, knotty tree trunks. This is the lighter, breezier cousin of flannel grey and perfect for summer.”

What do you think? Are you feeling Driftwood Grey in the heat of this sultry summer?

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42 Responses

  1. Theresa says:

    My parents had a grey bathroom in the 60s so this color reminds me of my childhood.

  2. adennard says:

    Emma Im with you. House Hunters is driving me crazy!!!! But Im loving this months color:)

  3. [...] has chosen the cool, beachy “Driftwood Grey” as July’s color of the month.  Lili Zarghami wrote, “Driftwood grey evokes coastal climates for me, particularly the New [...]

  4. Bonita Bennett says:

    I wish you could also feature some ideas on upholstered bedheads since I have been wanting to have it changed for quite some time now.

  5. Betty says:

    I am just loving that bathroom vanity unit. It almost makes me want to drop by the store and see if I can find one for my own bathroom.

  6. Jack Ryder says:

    The color would be perfect for our summer home. The cool, relaxing feel of that shade of gray should make the place a lot more comfortable during those hot months of the year.

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