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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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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!

Juicy Melon Margarita

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 Designed by Caitlin Wilson

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.

Peach Painting From Glitter Guide

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

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

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While our color of the month meetings can get a little contentious, occasionally the whole Design Happens team arrives with one hue on the brain. Maybe we were dreaming of upcoming beach vacations. Maybe we were ready for nautically-inspired fashion. Whatever the case, our June color meeting was all about ocean-inspired blues.

Paradise Blue and Navy Blue Room by Christopher Farr - HGTV Design Blog

Via Christopher Farr Cloth; Photo by Damian Russell for House & Garden

In the final vote, we had to choose between my classic Monaco Blue and this Caribbean-inspired Paradise Blue from online trend tracker and HGTV.com colleague Jill. Read on to find out which water-inspired color won out for June.

See HGTV’s June Color of the Month Choice

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The weather isn’t the only thing warming up this month: Our color team meeting got a little heated when we struggled to decide between our top two contenders for May. Votes were split between Lili’s orange-red poppy and Camille’s soothing whisper gray. After all, don’t they look amazing together?

Sarah Richardson - Color of the Month

Design by Sarah Richardson

You can (and should!) combine these colors, but we had to chose just one. Read on to find out our decision.

Find Out HGTV’s May Color of the Month

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We had a little fun yesterday, but now we’re ready to reveal the color we’re really crushing on for April. This month’s color team meeting was a face-off of delicious proportions. The deliberations came down to two fruity hues: Abbi’s crisp, fresh apple green versus Marianne’s bright raspberry. We were torn: Both colors freshen up your home for spring, and they even look beautiful together:

Jonathan Adler Bedding from HGTV's Design Happens

Bedding by Jonathan Adler

So, what was our pick? Read on to find out.

Find Out April’s Winning Hue

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April Fool’s! See which color we really picked to feature in April.

When we’re searching for the perfect hue to name as HGTV’s Color of the Month, inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places: think a garden plot, a bird’s nest or even a candy cane. The light bulb moment for this month’s color choice? It all started when a mysterious box arrived at HGTV headquarters.

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Carrot cake is one of my favorite spring desserts — it’s comforting, homey and just a little bit spicy. (Also, there is cream cheese frosting.)  This Moroccan-inspired bathroom’s palette is like the design equivalent of the beloved cake: It not only matches the warm, neutral tones, but the worldly accent pieces, modern geometric tile and striped curtains add just enough spice to this mostly-neutral space.

Orange and Cream Bathroom Color Palette: Tuesday Huesday on HGTV's Design Happens

Moroccan Bathroom :: Carrot Cake

I think I will have one of each: one inviting bathroom, one slice of cake. How about you?

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

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Did you hear the news? Carrot orange is our chosen hue for March’s Color of the Month. It’s bold, vibrant and definitely represents the upcoming season to a T. I mean, it was practically a unanimous vote when meeting newcomer Kelly Smith-Trimble pitched the color with a picture of fresh-out-of-the-garden carrots and other spring-inspired favorites. We couldn’t resist!

Mood Board Monday: CarrotStreet Style / Paula Deen / Etsy / Another Perfume Blog / Design Happens / Chictopia

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

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So, I’m sure you saw our beautiful Color of the Month for February, robin’s egg blue. I couldn’t help but be in awe of Liz‘s wintergreen pitch (it was actually runner-up!), though. I mean, whoa. It’s brighter than mint green but greener than turquoise. You can even say it resembles the Pantone hue Cockatoo. Many of us loved it paired with pink, gold and neutrals and felt it would be a perfect representation of February. But, you know how our Color of the Month meetings can get. Maybe we’ll put wintergreen back into the running for spring. What do you think?

Mood Board Monday: WintergreenTriple Layer Fudgy Mint Oreo Brownies / Heels / Heart Studs / Accent Chair / Blazer / Silk Scarf / Angular Face / Heart Pattern / Pendant Shade

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

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Happy New Year! All of us at HGTV are home ringing in the new year in our pajamas, but we didn’t forget to vote on our first Color of the Month of 2013 before the offices closed. And what color had us ready to embrace the coming year? It’s warm, it’s shiny, it glows…it’s GOLD!

Gold Color of the Month January

Color Team member Jill pitched Gold in December, but it didn’t make the cut for 2012. But then Kayla put her spin on it and suddenly we all had the Midas Touch. After the festivities of New Years Eve, the richness of gold just feels right.

Gold Sideboard and Accessories

So what say you? Are you feeling the warm glow of gold to kick off the new year? How would you decorate with this always-in-style metallic?

For more golden inspiration, check out the HGTV Color of the Month Pinterest board.

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If you’ve been following along with our Color of the Month meetings, you know that we’re, ahem, very passionate about our chosen hues. But this month, we wanted to see which color speaks to YOU, our amazing readers. Check it out:

That’s right, we’re letting you choose the Color of the Month from our top three picks: Hot Pink, Glitter and Icy Purple.

Design Happens Color of the Month December

Read on to watch all three video pitches. Then cast your vote…we’ll announce the winning hue on Friday, December 7!

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If you’ve been following along with our Color of the Month meetings, you know that we’re, ahem, very passionate about our chosen hues. But this month, we wanted to see which color speaks to YOU, our amazing readers. Check it out:

That’s right, we’re letting you choose the Color of the Month from our top three picks: Hot Pink, Glitter and Icy Purple.

Design Happens Color of the Month December

Read on to watch all three video pitches. Then cast your vote…we’ll announce the winning hue on Friday, December 7!

See All Three Video Pitches + Cast Your Vote

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