Can you feel that ocean breeze? Well, that’s because the votes are in, and you’ve chosen Caribbean Blue as your June 2015 Color of the Month.
It was a close battle, with Caribbean Blue edging out Mykonos Blue by just over 10 percent of the vote. Many of you were torn. “Tough call. Love them both. Really different hues, but both my favorite blues,” says Facebook fan Vicki W. And Facebook fan Susan U. asks: “Can you do Mykonos for June and Caribbean for July?”
In the end, more of you loved the blue-green color inspired by Caribbean waters. DH blog reader DB Coop said it best:”While the gentle waters of the Mediterranean are an intensely true blue, I love the ever-changing blend of blues and sea-greens of the Caribbean that delight the senses and refresh the spirit, and so goes my vote.” You can almost feel the waves looking at this kitchen, amiright?
Caribbean Blue Kitchen Design by Barry Dixon
See 18 more ways to use this color in our Caribbean blue gallery below.
Beach season in upon us, and while our Color Team loves to stick our toes in the sand, another beach fixture inspired us: the blue, blue water. Camille and Beth saw lots of this cool hue at this spring’s High Point Market, but in particular, there were two standouts: deep cobalt blue and bright turquoise.
Deep Blue + Turquoise Color Inspiration From High Point Market
So, back to the beach: These two colors bring to mind the hues of two bodies of water that also surround some of the world’s best vacation spots: The deep blue Mediterranean Sea and the vibrant Caribbean Sea. We love both colors equally, so we decided to let our readers — aka YOU — make the call.
So, color fans, which color should we feature this June: Caribbean Blue or Mykonos Blue? Cast your vote now — we’ll tally the results on Friday, June 12 at 5 p.m.
Get inspired by all of our past color picks in the gallery below.
Everyone knows that spring is the season to clean and get organized, but it’s also a perfect time to break out of a home decor rut. Beth, who manages all the gorgeous room photography that goes into HGTV’s Photo Library, recently put together an amazing gallery of 2015′s top trends in home decor. Designed by Ann Lowengart, this living room hits many of the year’s hottest looks, from shades of blue to warm metals to geometric patterns. If you want to try something new in your home this season, give your space an on-trend update with these tips and products:
Have you heard about the dress that’s taking over the Internet? After members of a Scottish wedding party looked at one photo of the mother of the bride’s dress and saw two different color combinations — some saw blue and black, while others saw white and gold — a member of the wedding band posted a photo to Tumblr to get some clarity. The post took off, and the hundreds of thousands of viewers were just as confused: Is it blue and black or white and gold? You decide. (Here’s a great explainer from Wired.com about the science behind the color divide.)
Here at HGTV, we’re fans of bold color — period. So why choose one or the other? This dramatic living room celebrates all four colors.
Design by Reiner White Design Studio
With black and blue walls and white and gold accents, the dress is right at home here — no matter which color combo you see.
Design by Reiner White Design Studio
Flip through even more photos of this glamorous space — and learn how to create the look at home.
Happy Bastille Day everyone! I must admit, I’m feeling pretty nostalgic. I was lucky enough to watch the fireworks erupt behind the Eiffel Tower on Bastille Day last year (take me baaack), so I’m having a serious case of wanderlust today. Even if we can’t all go to Paris to join in traditions like watching the fireworks or attending the Military Parade on the Champs-Élysées, we can certainly celebrate this historic day in our own way here in America. Here’s a few HGTV takes on La Fête Nationale traditions:
All Things Blue, White, and Red
Remember all those cute Fourth of July decorations you put so much thought into two weeks ago? Good news: Bastille Day gives you a reason to re-use your festive red, white and blue pieces. Just remove anything involving stars and stripes and voilà — your home is ready for French festivities.
If you’ve been following along on my antiquing adventures then you know 2 things about me:
1) That I spend a fair amount of time at estate sales.
2) That I’m all about a serious bargain.
Enter this perfectly distressed, cane-backed French Provincial headboard that I recently found in an Oak Ridge, TN garage for… wait for it… just 10 bucks! I couldn’t believe the estate sellers had priced it SO low — especially considering how hot French antiques are right now. I vaulted over a pile of old lumber, pulled off the price tag and hot-footed it straight to the check-out table to pay before anyone else could lay claim.
This month we’re celebrating indigo as our Color of the Month, but it’s not the only blue hue our staff has a color-crush on. Ever since Made + Remade editor-in-chief Kelly Smith Trimble pitched classic cornflower blue in our monthly color meeting, I’ve been noticing it everywhere from decor to recipes to fashion.
Both bright and cool at the same time, this hue lends itself especially well to outdoor spring weddings. I love the combination of striking blue bridesmaid dresses paired with cheerful yellow and pink flowers as featured on Elizabeth Ann Designs. And don’t limit this color to your decor — you can use real cornflowers or bright-blue violets to create wedding-worthy cocktails and desserts, like these found on Adventures in Cooking. So, what do you think — will you try this bright blue hue this spring?
HGTV Home Studio intern Samantha inspired me to bring this red carpet stunner into the living room with her Color of the Month pitch of the same vibrant hue. We went with another option (see our pick later this week!), but I love the way this cool-yet-vibrant hue adds punch to spring decor. It’s a great, poppy alternative if you’re not a pastel fan.
Lupita Nyong’o's style is always amazing, but the Prada gown she wore to the Oscars was a jaw-dropper. The color of the dress has been dubbed ‘Nairobi blue’ since Lupita said it reminds her of her home in Kenya. The 31-year-old looked stunning as she picked up an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role as Patsey in “12 Years A Slave.” Seeing her epic acceptance speech got me thinking, “How can I use that beautiful shade Nairobi blue?”
The best thing about this combination? Just like this cobalt-on-denim outfit, your pieces don’t have to match. In fact, your room will look all the more sophisticated if you layer slightly different shades of blue.
There’s nothing quite like farmer’s marketblueberries. I get a carton every Saturday and probably eat half the container before I make my first lap around the vendors. The hue is just as delectable as the taste, too. I know it’s still summer, but we can start thinking about fall a little bit. This is the perfect intro-to-fall color. It can be nice and rich, like the dress on the second row, or it can be mixed with lighter colors for a cooler feel, like the summery plaid dress on the bottom row. What’s your favorite way to incorporate this purple hue into your fashion or decor?
This room would fit right into my Monaco Blue Pinterest board: The deep blue pendant light and modern plastic chairs have the same reflective quality that’s so appealing in the deep blue sea. A striped rug brings even more blue hues into this cool dining nook.
What do you think: Is there too much blue in this monochromatic space, or are you ready to grab a paintbrush?
Red has always been the color associated with sexy lips — but this week on Yahoo!, searches for “luscious blue lipstick” are spiking 106%! What has caused this sudden interest in navy kissers? Got me?! All I know about blue lips is that they are oftentimes a result of being too cold.
But, what I do know about is blue rooms. And, to bring the two together, my fellow blogger (thanks, Kayla) helped me find a blue pucker that is the exact color as this stunning tonal blue (almost dip-dyed) dining room.
Last week, a few of the HGTV.com editors had the privilege of visiting High Point Furniture Market. We saw a lot of fabulous designs, from innovative furniture to one-of-a-kind lighting. I was on the lookout for the hottest colors in interior design. Here are my top four color picks:
Many designers have transitioned from the bold blues you’re used to seeing to a fresher, ice blue. I still enjoyed seeing unexpected pops of the bright blues in China cabinets and drawers.
Designer Shane Inman’s Decorating Tip: Use soft blues for your walls and darker shades of blue in your upholstery. For something unexpected and daring, use a smokey-slate blue on base moldings and window casings.
I never thought I could decorate with orange, but seeing this color in accessories, upholstery and seating immediately changed my mind. It completely changes the mood of a room.
Designer Erica Islas’ Decorating Tip: If you’re worried about a color overpowering a space, use it as an accent color mixed with neutrals. For example, pair a striped orange-and-white ottoman with a neutral sofa.
Got a case of the Monday blues? I’m right there with you. But you know what? I’m going to employ a move from the lemon playbook and take the blues I’ve been handed and make — pie! That’s right, blueberry pie.
A bit of a stretch? Oh, perhaps. But blueberry season is just around the corner — and that, my friends, is lifting my spirits on this cloudy Monday afternoon.
In March and April, we put the final vote on our Color of the Month to you, our readers. But for May, the debate narrowed down so quickly to a tie that I decided to ask Leanne Potts, our VP of Editorial, to cast the deciding vote. Here’s how she described her pick: This color makes me think of desert skies, Caribbean water and delphinium blossoms. The shade suggests serenity in an age of tumult.
In the week that followed Leanne’s tie-breaking vote, tumultuous events rapidly unfolded, including the outbreak of tornadoes in the South. I think you’ll agree – we all could use an infusion of serenity.
Here’s a small dose in the form of our May Color of the Month:
Rarely am I such an easy “get” for an ad campaign, but this time they got me. When I went to search for the blue lamp in the ad, sadly, I found that I’m not the only one who’s fallen for Sabrina’s taste. Almost all her blue picks are sold out. Oh well. I’ll be keeping an eye on their stock. In the meantime, I’m soaking up the rest of Sabrina’s totally available advice on Real Estate Intervention.
Global traditional designs are making a big push this spring. Anna just sent around links to Anthropologie and West Elm’s new product releases which both feature rich, ethnic patterns.
Architect Elizabeth Roberts’ bathroom chair (featured in a home tour on Remodelista), is right on trend with its resist dye mud cloth upholstery. Resist dye is a traditional African dying technique similar to its more popular cousin, tie dye. The deep blue color that results is a lovely stand-out in this otherwise subdued palette.
Just a quick hi from October market in High Point, NC. I’m here with two of our decorating editors, Chelsey and Camille, and we had a great first day — crisp weather, friendly people and some of the most beautiful fabrics and furnishings I’ve seen this season. Before I turn in after 12 straight hours on the showroom floor, I wanted to share a little of what we saw.
Favorite new store: Carolina George. They’re a NY-based company specializing in furniture for small spaces. We loved their pendulum console table, lacquered in hot pink or preppy green.
Favorite old friend: DB Sources. We featured them on our site at spring market 2009 and were as charmed this year by their vibrant accessories as we were then. New this year: The romantic rose pendant light.
First take on trends: Maps, Ikat, animal prints. For colors: greige, pale blue, taupe…then plum, hot red and the return of true navy. For woods: weathered gray, taupe, caramel.
Tomorrow is the juried section at Market Square, BoBo Intriguing Objects and more gorgeous showrooms. Let me know if there’s something you want me to be on the lookout for, trend- or color-wise. I’m looking forward to reporting back…after a nap.