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?
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.
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.
What do you think of orchid? Will you use the hue in your home this spring? Tell me in the comments below.
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.)
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:
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 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.
Design by Manvi Drona-Hidalgo
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!
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.
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Burl Ives may have sung the praises of silver & gold in the classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer animation, but this month we’re taking a pass on the classic metallics. You may have guessed that December’s Color of the Month would be inspired by all the gorgeous decorations at our Home for the Holidays party. If so, you’re right!
See if your guess is right
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.)
Get your living room ready for guests with vibrant new throw pillows in this trendy hue. Here are four of our favorites:
Clockwise from top left: Mira Mesa Pillow, Trinka Turk; Kilim Santa Fe Pillow, Leif Shop; Tassel Pillow, Anthropologie; Bird Pillow, Dwell Studio
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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.
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.
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…
…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.
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 | 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.
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?
Photo Courtesy HGTV Magazine
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Remember a few weeks ago when a good part of the D-Happ staff was obsessed with all things watermelon? Kayla made the juicy fruit the topic of her Mood Board Monday. Allie showed us five ways to craft with watermelon. And I even pitched in with a watermelon-inspired Tuesday Huesday. So when Nina, HGTV.com’s entertainment manager, introduced a watermelon-themed Pinterest board to the Color Team, it wasn’t exactly a hard sell. That’s right: Bright, juicy watermelon is our newest Color of the Month!
August is the height of watermelon season: Think big-as-your head slices of fruit pulled straight from the icebox, dribbling down your chin. Or, if cocktails are more your speed, try this melon-filled margarita recipe.
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It’s prime farmers’ market season (not to mention ice pop weather), which means we’ve got summer’s juiciest colors on the brain this month. So it’s no surprise that our top two color contenders for July were HGTV.com trend expert A.J.’s classic orange and tag team Grant and Allie’s peach Pinterest pitch. In the end, we were seduced by the fruit that’s due to make its farm-stand debut later this month. That’s right: HGTV’s Color of the Month for July is bright, summery peach.
Peach Living Room Accents by Caitlin Wilson
When you think “peach decor,” your mind might wander back to the peach-and-teal spaces that were so prevalent in the ’80s. But it can look wholly modern when used as an accent color in neutral spaces, like the cheeky upholstered ottomans and bow-covered pillows in this charcoal-and-white living space designed by Caitlin Wilson.
Peach is a classic bathroom color choice because its orangey-pink hue is flattering to a variety of skin tones. That makes it an equally classic choice for summer fashion. Don’t take my word for it — you can’t deny how fabulous it looks on style icons Jackie O and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Catherine Sheppard’s Dining Room Via Glitter Guide
The color can look equally sophisticated in a dining room, like this one in stylist and blogger Catherine Sheppard’s chic home. Think you love this room? See the entire gorgeous home over on Glitter Guide.
Peach Cake From Pin Cookie
Obviously you’ll need peach desserts to fill your peach-accented dining area. Whether you pick up your peaches at the farm-stand or grow your own, save some for this beautiful fruit-topped cake from Pin Cookie. Aside from being delicious, it really highlights the peaches’ variegated red, orange and pale pink hues.
6 More Ways to Love Peach This July