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10 Perfect Paint Colors for a Summer Home Refresh


Considering that summer is right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about your home refresh. Of course, you might have tasty recipes and warm-weather outfits on your mind, but it's worth carving out time to give your home an easy makeover. See this list of 10+ cheerful paint colors that are perfect for the summer season. From inspiring shades for home offices to calming hues for living rooms, these designer-approved summer colors are worth a try if you're ready to get in the mood for the upcoming season.


1. Vibrant Green

"Nothing denotes the vibrancy of summer like a fresh vibrant shade of green. The deep saturation of this lush emerald green harkens to the outdoors in any environment: Lush fields, tropical trees, flowering forests. The key to evoking the energy and vitality of summer is to be brave and choose a bold hue." — Emilie Munroe, Studio Munroe


2. Peachy Pink

"We are loving First Light by Benjamin Moore—a little bit pink, a little bit peach—for its youthful, happy feel. Use it in a teen room, a powder room, or really anywhere you want to create a fun space." — Kristen Peña, K Interiors


3. Bright Red

"Bright red is one of my favorite colors to use this summer. A bright splash of red, even in the smallest form, can make a big statement. It is an energetic, fun and stylish color that will add a lot of impact to any space." — Alexander Doherty, Alexander Doherty Design


4. Soft Blue

"Nothing makes a space feel more relaxing than a soft blue. It creates a sense of calm and gives the room a serene feel that works great with that summer sunlight streaming in. We especially love to use this color in bedrooms because of its way of changing with the light. We especially love this tone, New Hope Gray by Benjamin Moore in a matte finish. " — Shelly Lynch-Sparks, Hyphen & Co.


5. Saturated Blue

"I LOVE a bright saturated blue in the summer, it has such a wonderfully cool vibe. To make the blue in this entry hall even more vibrant, I chose a semi-gloss finish which really allows the light to play off of it. This blue reminds me of the beach umbrellas in Cannes." — Amy Sklar, Amy Sklar Design


6. Neutrals

"Benjamin Moore's Sag Harbor Gray has become a new staple in our color library for summer. We used it recently for all the trim, doors, and cabinetry in my home in Connecticut. I love that it's a historical color but becomes modern when combined with crisp white walls and dark floors. The color also transforms with different lighting. It can appear khaki, gray, and even green in the right light." —Kevin Dumais, Dumais


7. Melon

"I love this cantaloupe color, Persian Melon by Benjamin Moore, because it reminds me of a melon everyone enjoys so much in the summer—it always looks fresh!" — Jan Showers, Jan Showers & Associates


8. Pewter

"One of my go-to paint colors is Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. It looks great in just about any space and has the perfect amount of warmth in it, which keeps it from being too harsh. It looks especially good in rooms featuring rich blue and green hues, which I associate with summer time since they evoke the outdoors." — Paloma Contreras, Paloma Contreras Interior Design


9. Blue-Greens

"Blue-green hues like Views remind me of the clear, calm Caribbean Sea and would look absolutely stunning in any space—from a spa-like bathroom to a serene bedroom to a colorful living room or even an entryway. If you want to go outside of the box, try painting your ceiling in a clean light blue like Headspace to bring that feeling of airy, open skies into your home." — Nicole Gibbons, Clare


10. Off-White

"Benjamin Moore's Timid White is the perfect just off enough white to be refreshing yet warm. I love to brush it on all surfaces of the room (walls, ceiling, moldings and casings) so it envelopes the whole space." — Melissa Warner Rothblum, Massucco Warner


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