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Along with the rest of the Internet, we’ve been smitten with all things pumpkin spice for a couple of months now. First Trevor gave a recipe for the perfect pumpkin spice latte. Then Kayla explored lesser-known pumpkin spice possibilities, like cookies, doughnuts and punch. Yes, punch!

But with a November chill in the air, it’s time to take pumpkin spice off of the table and onto the walls, or the sofa, or the throw pillows. Why? A warm orange hue with a hint of creamy beige will refresh every room. Here are some of our favorite ways to use this hue, just in time for Thanksgiving sprucing.

Susan Anthony - Orange Ginko Bedroom Wallpaper

Design by Susan Anthony

1: In the Guest Room
This muted orange shade has a rare color quality: It’s both calming and bold. That makes it an ideal candidate for a guest room makeover. Here, designer Susan Anthony topped the pumpkin-hued walls with an organic ginko leaf stencil. Not ready for orange walls? Add interest to a gray room with an orange throw or floral curtains.

Gray and Orange Bedroom by Brian Patrick Flynn

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

5 More Ways to Use Pumpkin Spice

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This month’s color pick comes from a very important part of our Color Team: YOU! In our recent Color Vs. Color challenge, we pitted past Color of the Month picks against each other and asked you to choose a favorite by repinning your favorite palette. The clear favorite? Coral had more than 1,200 repins, and Pinterest fan Fran says it was “Warm, cool and calm, all at the same time.”

Fran, we agree! While coral is typically considered a summer color, it’s equally chic in fall interiors. That’s why we decided to pick your all-time favorite shade as our October Color of the Month. Read on for 8 fall-perfect ways to use this hue.

Coral and Mustard Yellow Living Room

Design by Jeffers Design Group

Coral + Mustard Yellow
Coral walls wrap up this living room designed by Jeffers Design Group like a warm, stylish blanket. Adding cheery mustard yellow and taupe furniture, all with the same color value, creates a bright room that’s still livable.

Coral and Gold Leaf Banner

Leaf Banner By A Fabulous Fete

Coral + Gold
As the days grow shorter, metallic accents help reflect light around your space. That’s why cheery coral and bright gold are such a winning fall color combination. Update traditional takes on fall leaf crafts with this gold-and-coral garland from A Fabulous Fete, perfect for a mantel or even a fall wedding.

Design by Hilary Thomas

Coral + Plum
Swap out summery aqua for dusty plum to create a soft, romantic palette that’s perfect for fall, as featured in this living room designed by Hilary Thomas.

5 More Coral Color Combos

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Color Vs. Color

As you may recall, a couple of weeks ago I told you what we were up to with our Color Vs. Color Challenge. If you don’t remember, let me jog your memory:

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 with this Color Challenge, our most-loved Colors of the Month faced off — and we asked you to weigh in on your favorite (and boy did you).

We asked you to choose one of our 12 colors/contenders and vote for your favorite shade by repinning its palette on Pinterest. Well, today the votes have been counted and we’re ready to announce which hue is taking home the title. The color you chose, and therefore the all-time favorite Color of the Month is –

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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.

The Contenders Are

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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.

More On Stripes

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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.

See More Photos Featuring Magnolia

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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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Another month, another epic color battle for the HGTV.com Color Team. Two colors — cheerful Pink Grapefruit and demure Camelhair — were so close that we literally couldn’t choose. So we threw it to HGTV.com Guest Editor Nancy Fire to make the final call. Here’s her verdict:

“This was a very hard decision, because I love using grapefruit with neutrals so in essence BOTH colors should win, hence your tie,” Nancy says. “But if one color has to win my vote, it’s grapefruit. I really love color, and grapefruit always looks fresh and updated.

Introducing Pink Grapefruit, our February 2014 Color of the Month! Let’s toast to our newest color with this Spicy Grapefruit Margarita, found over on The Life Styled. (Psst…It’s the perfect way to spice up your Valentine’s Day festivities.)

Grapefruit Margarita - The Life Styled

Via The Life Styled Blog

We love how this color bridges the gap between winter and spring. “I like that it’s a winter fruit, but the color feels fresh and springy,” says special projects editor Marianne, who pitched the winning hue. Even a small, er, squeeze of the color makes a huge visual impact. Here, designer Liz Carroll added grapefruit stripes on the ceiling to give this bedroom a playful touch:

Eclectic Grapefruit Bedroom

Design by Liz Carroll

Fabric is another great way to add color as we ease into spring “I started working with softer colors for the HGTV HOME product line in early 2013…and one of the trends for the whole line for 2014 is called “The Softer Side,” says guest editor Nancy Fire.  These three fabrics from the new “Softer Side” fabric collection in the “blushing” colorway feature cheerful grapefruit accents:

HGTV Home Fabrics in Blushing

HGTV Home Fabrics in Blushing Hues

So, how will you use grapefruit this February? Will it fill your cocktail glass, dress up your living room or be featured in your Valentine’s Day table setting? Tell us in the comments below.

Elegant Winter Party Table Setting

Design by Manvi Drona-Hidalgo

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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.

See More Lemony Color Inspiration

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Fall colors are peaking here in East Tennessee, and we’ve just launched a cornucopia (sorry!) of new Thanksgiving ideas to help you plan your fall feast. So this month, we all came to the color showdown with vibrant hues on the brain. It’s no surprise, then, that our final choice was a bright, spicy hue from HGTV Magazine online editor Alyssa.

What is it? Paprika! This bold red-orange hue is a richer version of spring coral. Look around outside and see it in vibrant maple leaves, or spot it in the grocery store in the form of in-season persimmons. (Try Dessert for Breakfast’s Persimmon-Oat Crumble on a cold morning. Mmmmm.)

Persimmon Oat Crumble From Dessert for Breakfast
Get your living room ready for guests with vibrant new throw pillows in this trendy hue. Here are four of our favorites:
Fall Trend 2013: Paprika Throw Pillows 4 Ways

Clockwise from top left: Mira Mesa Pillow, Trinka Turk; Kilim Santa Fe Pillow, Leif Shop; Tassel Pillow, Anthropologie; Bird Pillow, Dwell Studio

Get More Paprika Color Inspiration

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Have you noticed a pattern in our last few Color of the Month picks? We’ve chosen apple green, watermelon red and peach — all inspired by our favorite seasonal edibles. HGTVGardens.com editor Jessica was more than happy to continue the produce-inspired trend this month with a pitch for bright eggplant.

HGTV's Color of the Month October 2013: Eggplant

While the dark, plummy hue of Italian eggplant lends itself well to late fall decor and tabletops, we’re loving the brighter hue that long, skinny Japanese eggplant varieties bring to the table. Gorgeous, right? Bonus: This nearly-seedless variety makes the best eggplant chips.  Best of all, this prolific crop is still in season — pick up a pile at a farmers’ market near you!

This almost-glowing purple also shines bright alongside traditional Halloween hues like orange and black.

Halloween Cupcake Decorating Party

Add it into the decorating mix for your kids’ Halloween party or use it as an accent in your DIY Halloween costume. (Get our step-by-step makeup tutorial for this dark fairy costume here.)

Or dress up your everyday decor for fall with a little…

Puple Glass Bottles Accent Color

…or a lot of this saturated shade. Are you daring enough to try purple-on-purple like designer Brian Patrick Flynn did here?

So, what do you think of this month’s color choice? Tell us in the comments below.

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In case you haven’t heard, our September Color of the Month is bright and cheery Apple Green. It’s a versatile color that looks as fresh in traditional spaces as it does in modern rooms, but guys? Ever since we announced this color, I can’t stop thinking about caramel apples. Just look at this cookie-crumb-coated version from Cooking Classy:

Caramel Apples - Kitchen Color Palette Inspiration

Caramel Apples | Green Cottage Kitchen

Until I actually get in the kitchen to make a batch, I’m going to fawn over the classic dessert’s color palette. The warm brown and bright green work well together in a traditional space, like this vintage-inspired cottage kitchen designed by Regina Bilotta. Now in addition to caramel apples, I’m obsessing over that green stove. Gorgeous!

Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.

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Fall may officially be a few weeks away, but I’m sensing signs of the new season all around: cooler nights, bins of apples at the farmers’ market and yes, even the first fall leaves.

It was fall’s favorite fruit that inspired Kayla to pitch Apple Green for September’s Color of the Month. In her own words: “It’s time to sharpen those pencils, because school is back in session. Forget classic red apples — we’re all about modern green.”

Now that Labor Day’s end-of-summer parties are behind us, this crisp, collegiate color just felt right. Take a look at some of our favorite ways to use this hue, and tell us: Is this color the apple of your eye?

Apple Green Kitchen Artwork From HGTV Magazine

Photo Courtesy HGTV Magazine

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