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With spring days finally upon us, our color team looked outside to find inspiration for this month’s hue. There are so many gorgeous spring blooms, but HGTV Home Studio design intern Catherine captured both the burgeoning pastel trend and spring’s essence in her pitch for Magnolia.

HGTV Color of the Month April 2014: Magnolia

Paper Flowers; Geometric Wall

When we sent our top two color picks to guest editor Nancy Fire for the final vote, she gravitated towards this spring-perfect hue, too. “I’m seeing this color in textiles, hand-painted furniture and fashion. And magnolia works beautifully with copper, which is still trending,” Nancy says.

Meet Magnolia: Your new spring color crush, and our April Color of the Month! Read on for more ways to use this hue.

The trending pastel pink is very pale and blushy with white undertones — perfectly represented by the magnolia flower. This Southern belle of a flower begins to bloom at the start of spring and lasts into the early summer, so it’s a perfect transition hue from cold, drab winter days. (Learn to grow your own on HGTVGardens.com)

This color might be mild, but it’s red-hot in spring fashion and decor collections. It’s showing up everywhere: Furniture, wallpaper, housewares, clothing and more.

 Magnolia Products on Design Happens

Dip-Dyed Stool; Melamine Dishes; Tunic 

This very versatile color pairs well with neutrals, pastels and spring’s trending purple hues.  For a bolder look, pair it with metallics.

Ready to paint a room with this gorgeous hue? Try SW 6309 Charming Pink, SW 6311 Memorable Rose, Mellow Coral SW 6234 as well as Lei Flower SW 6613 from HGTV HOME’s new Softer Side palette – all these colors are related to the magnolia family and work beautifully together, says HGTV HOME design director Nancy Fire.

This romantic hue is also perfect for a spring wedding. Doesn’t it look darling paired with mint green, cream and slate gray? See more from this inspirational wedding (and download free printables!) at DIYNetwork.com.

Magnolia Wedding Trends on DIY Network

Are you a fan of pastel pink? Will you use magnolia in your home this spring? Tell us in the comments below.


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16 Responses

  1. travelfun says:

    What a beautiful shade of pink!

  2. travelfun says:

    I love the pastel pink and white combination. I also love how the different shades of pink and purple look together in the above photo. I am thinking about planting some pink and purple flowers this spring.

  3. RSS says:

    Great color choice!

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  5. a_fan says:

    Recently, I have been reading and re-reading Holly Aguirre’s “Cub Appeal Tips for Southern-Style Homes” that posted on FrontDoor.com. “Magnolia” seems like the perfect complimentary shade. Well done!

  6. JohnRexroad says:

    At the risk of endangering my masculinity- I think Magnolia's a great shade. (Plus, I read recently that pink and its related shades only recently became a feminine color, having been a masculine cousin to red for hundreds of years. While blue was considered the more "feminine" shade, it supposedly being softer. The more you know!) Thanks, Liz! Great article.

  7. SreeVisakh says:

    Pink reminds me of soft and silky ambience

  8. Renee' says:

    I just bought a dress in this shade and was apprehensive, thinking it might not be 'current' enough. Thanks for the confidence boost!

  9. Rose says:

    What a cute baby doll dress from Zara……love it!!!

  10. Teri says:

    I painted my living room a soft shade like this around 7 years ago, woodwork white, and have never tired of it. It's a wonderful color to live with! I may refresh my paint this spring with this actual shade.

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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