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After the hectic holiday season, it’s finally time to get back into the swing of things. New Year’s resolutions aside, January is a great time to reboot, reorganize and re-energize your space. That’s why for our January Color of the Month, a fresh, fruity hue with just enough brightness is our pick. It’s…Lemon Zest!

Lemon Curd Recipe - HGTV.com
This sunny yellow hue won our hearts with its mood-lifting qualities. Slightly more subtle than Pantone’s spring 2014 yellow choice, Freesia, it’s still bright enough to bring life to post-holiday interiors. Take down the tinsel and bring on the lemony accents! (And the lemon curd.) Read on to see why we chose this hue + the best ways to use it.

Color of the Month Lemon Zest

“This color looks (and smells) like a fresh start to the New Year,” says assistant editor Kayla. Celebrate citrus season with a lemon wreath — it’s the perfect replacement for your holiday version. Or add lemons to winter floral arrangements for a bright, aromatic accent.

Yellow Front Door From HGTV Magazine
“What everyone needs at the beginning of the year is the exact opposite of what they see outside, as in dreary weather, slushy, dirty snow and dull colors,” says HGTV Magazine online editor Alyssa. A bright yellow accent — like the front door of Young House Love bloggers John and Sherry Petersik — helps you look forward to spring. Or, go all-out yellow like designer Brian Patrick Flynn did in this breakfast nook for a bigger mood-booster. Just try to frown while you look at this:

Lemon Yellow Breakfast Nook on HGTVRemodels.com
Every member of the color team wasn’t on board with this month’s yellow pick — editorial director Lili was lobbying for a cool blue, instead. Though it was a close second in the final vote, it looks fantastic next to our winning hue in this vintage-style bathroom.  This color also plays well with sage green, gray and white.

Bright Yellow Bath Tile - HGTV.com Designers' Portfolio

“Our most recent Weekday Crafternoon shoot (which featured not one but two citrus-filled videos) left me feeling zesty,” says special projects editor Marianne. We’ll unveil our citrus-filled projects later this month, but for now, why not try these lemony cupcakes?

Lemon Cupcakes Recipe - HGTV.com
“I LOVE this kitchen! Although I’d never paint my cabinets yellow, it looks great here,” says managing editor Camille.

Yellow Kitchen Cabinets on HGTV.com
So, what do you think of our color choice? Are you bold enough for yellow cabinets, or would you rather stick to a new pillow or poster? Or are you anti-yellow altogether? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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  1. Tee says:

    Last month I painted the kitchen in our guest cottage a bright lemon yellow. It is so bright and cheerful. There is not a lot of wall space in the kitchen, so it is not at all "too much" of a good thing! Since HGTV chose this color, I like the kitchen even more! ;o)

  2. Peggy says:

    I had my cheap-looking oak cabinets painted bright yellow in my kitchen in Las Vegas, then went with Asian accents – light fixtures, wall décor, etc. – and it became my favorite room to be in. It was a "happy" room.

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