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Here at Design Happens, we’re a little impatient for spring. Maybe it’s all the gardening articles we’ve been growing for our newest website, HGTVGardens.com. Maybe we’re just ready for some sunshine. Either way, our color team couldn’t resist a vibrant hue that speaks to the freshness of the coming season.  It’s…

…carrot! Color meeting newcomer Kelly Smith-Trimble pitched this yellow-orange hue that recalls one of the tastiest spring crops.

Carrot Orange - HGTV's March 2013 Color of the Month

This versatile, fresh color is reminiscent of the nectarine hue in Pantone’s spring forecast, and it can add brightness everywhere from a bedroom throw pillow to a floral-and-citrus centerpiece on an Easter table.  (Don’t forget the carrot cake!)

Even when this color isn’t filling up a plate, it can still stimulate the appetite, making it a great accent color for dining spaces.

Carrot Dining Room - HGTV's Color of the Month March 2013

Orange has a reputation for being overwhelming, but less-saturated variations like carrot can inspire relaxation. Can’t you imagine settling in here on the first day that’s warm enough to open the windows?

Carrot Orange Living Area - HGTV's Color of the Month
We’ve professed our affection for carrot, and we know the Easter bunny loves it — what about you? Will you use this color in your home this spring?

29 Responses

  1. Carmen says:

    Mango Mania (I think by Better Homes and Gardens paint) is in my dining room. It looks great!

  2. klustershop says:

    How did I miss this? Loving the carrot!

  3. YiaYiaJudy says:

    Orange is my fave–I have a subtly orange sofa w/ aqua and red as accents.

  4. joeanna anthony says:

    Orange symbolizes power and spirituality. This color encourages happiness, optimism, healthy relationships, and much more. Subtle shades of orange are one of the best colors for homes and can be used anywhere.

  5. Margaret Lester says:

    I currently have Tango orange as accents on two walls–was thinking to
    change this year–BUT reading all the carrot reviews, I think I,ll keep and
    try the metallic over

  6. […] next cupcake is an ode to our March Color of the Month: a mini garden plot of carrots! Dip a frosted cupcake into crushed chocolate graham crackers, then […]

  7. […] you hear the news? Carrot orange is our chosen hue for March’s Color of the Month. It’s bold, vibrant and definitely represents the upcoming season to a T. I mean, it was […]

Liz GrayLiz is a senior editor at HGTV.com and an co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. She lives in a midcentury tri-level that’s stuck in the ‘70s…for now. When she’s not working on...


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