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Color Vs. Color

As you know, every month the editorial team at HGTV.com gathers for a friendly, combative meeting to choose an HGTV-sanctioned “Color of the Month.” We each arrive ready with a hue to defend — and the person with the best Pinterest board that showcases the color, and best argument for choosing it — wins the votes. But now, our most-loved Colors of the Month are facing off — and it’s your chance to weigh in.

Browse the 12 photos (and their corresponding galleries) below and vote for your favorite shade by repinning its palette on Pinterest. We’ll count up the votes on Sept. 26th and announce then (here at D-Happ) which shade is taking home the title.

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Labor Day marks the unofficial start to fall, and that got our Color Team thinking about the cooler days ahead: Think plush faux fur throws, soft rugs and steamy mugs of tea. So when Briana pitched luxurious Earl Grey, we were dreaming of crisp fall mornings. And with oppressively humid weather still afoot here at HGTV’s Tennessee headquarters, we were hooked.

Similar to Pantone’s featured fall shade Cognac, Earl Grey is the design equivalent of a cozy blanket: A dose of this color lends warmth to everything from headboards to walls to bedding.

Neutral Bedroom With Leather Headboard

Design by BAMO,Inc.

A neutral with an edge, this purple-grey color plays well with fall hues like rich burgundy, soft orange, blush pink and deep lavender, making it the ideal base hue to tie together a chic fall wedding or flower arrangement:

Fall Party Favors, Designed By Manvi Drona-Hidalgo for HGTV

Fall Party Favors, Designed By Manvi Drona-Hidalgo for HGTV

This hue lends an air of luxury anywhere it is used, from the slightly iridescent curtains to the soft faux fur rug in front of this nursery’s crib.

Nursery Design by Charles Neal

Design by Charles Neal

So, what say you? Will you use Earl Grey in your fall decor? Tell us in the comments below.

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By now, you’ve probably heard that our August “Color” of the Month is….Watercolor! This cool, organic technique is the perfect antidote to summer’s oppressive heat. It’s also a great technique to experiment with…in the comfort of air conditioning, of course. Here are five DIY projects that embrace the flowy, unpredictable look.

Make Your Own Watercolor Flower Plates - HGTV.com
WATERCOLOR FLORAL PLATES

These stunning plates may look like something you’d buy at that expensive, boho-chic store we all love, but trust me, you can totally do this! With plain white plates, some brightly-colored porcelain paints and a few simple techniques, it’s easy to create your own custom set.
Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

Make Your Own Watercolor Tie-Dye Pillows
SHARPIE-DYED WATERCOLOR PILLOWS
This project is too cool not to try. As Marianne demonstrated in a recent HGTV Crafternoon episode, you can easily create a watercolor effect on a cotton pillow cover using nothing more than colorful permanent markers and a spray bottle of alcohol.
Get step-by-step instructions here >>

How to Make Your Own Marbled Votives With Nail Polish on HGTV.com

Nail Polish-Marbled Votives by Chelsea Costa

NAIL POLISH-MARBLED VOTIVES
Marbling — mixing several colors of paint on top of water before dipping an object — creates a similar flowy effect. This technique can be used on paper or fabric, but one of the simplest ways to experiment? Nail polish! Choose the colors of your choice and see how simple it is to customize plain glass votives for your next party.
Get step-by-step instructions for the marbled votives here >>

Watercolor Floral Notecards - Make Your Own on HGTV.com

MAKE YOUR OWN WATERCOLOR NOTE CARDS
Bring the look of blooming summer flowers inside with beautiful watercolor paintings to use as wall art or greeting cards. These step-by-step instructions make it simple to create professional-looking results.
Get the step-by-step watercolor note card instructions here >>

Make Your Own Watercolor Party Supplies on HGTV.com

CREATE CUSTOM WATERCOLOR PARTY SUPPLIES
This is my favorite project of the bunch: Marianne started these fun party decorations by painting one herringbone design. Then, she scanned and printed the design to create one fun, cohesive set of party decor — all while doing the work just once.
Get step-by-step instructions for the watercolor party decor here >>

Have you tried watercolor techniques at home? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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August is what I typically think of as the “dog days of summer:” week after week of hot, humid weather. So,when our color team met for our August session, it was with frozen drinks and ocean breezes on the brain. If you, too, are suffering through often-oppressive temperatures, our August Color of the Month is sure to offer some visual relief: Alyssa wowed us with her pitch for drippy, organic watercolor patterns.

Watercolor Wall Treatment

Via Interiors By Studio Mom

Yes, we’re breaking tradition again this month (it is summer, after all.) Just think of this month’s “color” as the design equivalent of a dip in the swimming pool. So refreshing, don’t you think?

Watercolor Wall Treatment

Wall Design by Black Crow Studios

This technique has been bubbling up through the design world for several seasons, in both more structured ombre-inspired wall treatments, and totally organic designs like this one created by the watercolor masters at Black Crow Studios. These dreamy, drippy patterns would be an unexpected (but totally amazing) element in a traditional beach house, or a natural in a colorful, bohemian bedroom.  Not ready for walls? Try a bright, swirled bedspread instead:

Via Interiors by Studio Mom

Another lovely iteration of this trend? Watercolor-inspired florals, like these pieces spotted on Society Social.

Society Social Chair With Watercolor Pillow

Large-scale, loosely-drawn flowers are a modern take on smaller-scale florals popular in the ’80s and ’90s. This version of the trend is simple to incorporate at home, too — a throw pillow or window treatment is all you need to add a cool, current pattern.

Or, try your hand at watercolor designs and create a one-of-a-kind art piece…in the comfort of air conditioning, of course. Are you a fan of watercolors in design? Tell us in the comments below.

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Whether horizontal or vertical, thick or thin, stripes are a timeless classic. Stripes can give any room that bold punch it needs to spruce up the design.  Dorothy Draper, the American interior decorator who inspired generations with her 1939 book Decorating is Fun! How to Be Your Own Decorator, declared “the wider the stripe . . . the smarter the effect.” Ms. Draper would know, too — she made the stripe one of her signature motifs.

When considering stripes, color is an important factor to consider based on the look and feel you are trying to achieve. Black and white creates an elegant and sophisticated finish, blue and white presents a more coastal interior and complementary colors like red and green add a sense of vitality into the space.

No matter which variation of the classical stripe you choose, they all create a refreshing alternative to revamping your room. Here are just a few inspirational images to get your mind racing with ideas.

Credit: HGTV Magazine

1. Ombre Stripes
Ombre stripes? Who knew? Designer Vern Yip created the look in HGTV Magazine by gradating five color variants to create an interesting alternative to the traditional horizontal stripe.  “Stripes ranging from light to dark give a space amazing energy,” Vern Yip says.

Credit: Allun Callender

2. As a Focal Point
Focal points help bring attention to a specific portion of a room. As Sue Timney demonstrates in her house in Kent, England, these narrow black-and-white stripes create a bold focal point. The thin stripe helps bring attention to other strong elements, like the pop art hanging over the mantel.

Credit: Sadie Jude

3. Curtains
Curtains, like these colorful window treatments, are a subtle way to incorporate stripes into your home without having to commit to an entire room or even an entire wall. Narrow vertical stripes fit well in rooms with low ceilings, while broader stripes make the ceiling seem lower. Adding long, striped curtains that touch the floor can also make the room appear taller.

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If you’ve been following our Color of the Month series, you know we like to break the rules from time to time…especially Marianne. She was the mind behind our June 2012 neon color choice, and she also proposed the glitter genre in December 2012.

So when she came to our Color of the Month meeting proposing Stripes as the July color choice, we weren’t surprised, but we were intrigued. After all, stripes are practically synonymous with summer: Think crisp, preppy rooms and nautically-inspired decor. The kicker? More than half of our color team were actually wearing stripes during the meeting — a sure sign that Marianne’s pitch is perfect for the height of the season. Bring on the stripes!

Multicolored Painted Stripes  - Learn How to Paint These Stripes on HGTV.com

Image Courtesy HGTV Magazine

The wonder of stripes is their versatility. Depending on the color combinations, they can be everything from playful to classically preppy.  Vertical stripes in coral, white and blue look playful when painted in varying widths, as seen in HGTV Magazine,  while navy and white horizontal stripes in this kids’ room create a soothing, symmetrical look.

Classic Navy and White Striped Wall in Kids' Room - HGTV.com

Design by Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design

More Clever Ways to Use Stripes

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With Memorial Day behind us and summer vacations on the horizon, our color team was craving a bright, beachy color this June. So when Briana proposed this gorgeous Burnt Coral, we were all smitten. Can you believe the vote was nearly unanimous?

This color takes the classic peachy pink coral and turns up the color value a few notches — think something a little more cinnabar or vermillion. This darker, orange-red coral is au courant and looks great with other spring and summer colors.  Take a look:

Burnt Coral Nursery on HGTV.com - Design By Kendall Wilkinson

Design By Kendall Wilkinson

Guest editor and Fixer Upper host Joanna Gaines is also a big fan. “Burnt coral is a nice accent color that is fresh and fun, yet still sophisticated,” she says. “I love to incorporate this color with pillows, vases and other small accents. I tend to blend white with burnt coral, because it offers a really nice contrast that is easy on the eye.”

Design by Tobi Fairley

Design by Tobi Fairley

Burnt coral also plays well with light, airy blues, soft grays and dusty lavender. It can be surprisingly soothing when paired with cooler hues, as seen in this retro dining room:

Contemporary Dining Nook by Brian Patrick Flynn

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

For just a little bit of burnt coral, add a chic throw pillow on the living room sofa or atop the bedspread. (Trendy nautical motifs optional.)

Burnt Coral Pillows - HGTV's Design Happens Blog

Burnt Coral Pillows, Clockwise From Top Left: Persimmon Dora Pillow, Rivulets Standard Shams, Coral Sand Cuttlefish Pillow, Coral Ombre Velvet Pillow

This color lends itself to both eclectic…

Burnt Coral Bathroom Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

…and more traditional spaces, from this bold boy’s bathroom to the classic beachy style featured at HGTV Smart Home 2013.

Burnt Coral Guest Bedroom From HGTV Smart Home 2013

Design by Linda Woodrum

Do you love this new take on classic coral as much as we do? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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After spending the last few months obsessing over pastel hues — Grapefruit in February, Orchid in March and Magnolia in April — our color team was ready for something new. Something…blue! Four of our team’s six color pitches for May were shades of blue. For the final decision, we turned to our new guest editor (and star of HGTV’s new show Fixer Upper) Joanna Gaines.

Her pick? Farima’s deep blue-purple pick. “My pick is indigo,” Joanna says. “Maybe I’m biased to the indigo because it’s the color that is currently blooming in my garden!” ‘Tis the season for deep blue hydrangeas, irises and more spring blooms. Check out these gorgeous cornflowers, plus 19 other true-blue plants, over on HGTVGardens.

Cornflowers on HGTV Gardens.com

Somewhere between blue and violet, this color gets its name from the deep blue natural dye made from the indigo plant. Though most commercial blue dyes are now synthetic, you can make your own natural indigo dyes the old-fashioned way, or buy instant indigo powder or an indigo tie-dye kit.  The natural version creates colors that are brighter and more fade-resistant than the synthetic stuff.

LEARN TO MAKE YOUR OWN INDIGO DYES >>

Once you have the dye in hand, spend a warm May weekend experimenting with the trendy shibori tie-dye technique.  Or, buy a big or small piece — like this stunning shibori-dyed sofa or indigo-dipped throw pillow — to embrace the hand-dyed look the easy way.

Shibori Dyes on HGTV's Design Happens

More Ways to Use Indigo This May

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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.

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When Pantone first unveiled Radiant Orchid, its 2014 Color of the Year, the hue got mixed reviews from the Design Happens staff. But now that spring is on the horizon, we have purple on the brain — our top two color pitches this month were Orchid and Lavender! But which purple to choose?

We turned to guest editor Nancy Fire to cast our tie-breaking vote. Fresh from international design shows like Paris’s Maison & Objet and Cologne, Germany’s IMM, she looked to the marketplace to help her decide. The answer came quickly: Orchid. “The world is orchid crazy right now, with Radiant Orchid showcased on products all over the universe, from fabrics, lamp shades, hand-painted chairs as well as other decorative accessories,” Nancy says. “So, my pick is orchid for obvious home decor reasons. ”

Even if you’re on the fence about orchid, it’s time to give this color a second look. We love how just a tiny bit of orchid adds necessary early spring vibrancy to a room. See how orchid accessories, like the amazing string art, chandelier and chair, reinvigorate this modern kids’ room?

Radiant Orchid and Mint Green - HGTV Color of the Month March 2014

Unless you’re purple-crazy, small doses are the way to go: Try pairing it with soft greens, like hemlock or mint, or soft grays for a more muted look.  For a modern take, try bright white and citron paired with pops of orchid. This tween room’s inviting bedding and fun striped ceiling makes me kind of want to move in.

Radiant Orchid Project Nursery Teen Bedroom

And as days (finally) start to warm up, don’t rule out orchid for your outdoors spaces. We love how (purple-obsessed) designer Brian Patrick Flynn incorporated the hue into this eclectic outdoor living room.

Radiant Orchid Back Porch - Design By Brian Patrick Flynn

What do you think of orchid? Will you use the hue in your home this spring? Tell me in the comments below.

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