HGTV’s Colors of the Month

I’ve been spending a lot of time on HGTV lately, reading the articles, the home decor tips and tricks from various designers, etc. So far it has been a big help as far as inspiration goes-I’ve got a notebook full of ideas (still no where near settling on an actual color scheme for any of the rooms in my home).

One of my favorite things on HGTV is the color of the month. They started doing this back in August of this year and I think it’s a great topic. They get all of their editors in a room along with some home decor shopping pros, and a color expert and duke it out until they decide on the color of the month. (I bet that is a great meeting to attend!). To be picked for HGTV’s Color of the Month, a shade must meet three criteria: (a) it has to be seasonal (b) up-and-coming (c) and available in stores.

Although they were several days late releasing the color of the month for December they finally got it up! Here’s a quick recap of this year’s colors of the month (from August on of course!). Do you have any of these colors in your home? How do they look? Should I build a color story for my home using one of these as a main color?

Chartreuse InspirationAUGUST 2010: Chartreuse

As our site director, Jillian, said, “It’s a bridge color between the bright citrus colors we’ve seen this summer and some of Pantone’s fashion forecasts for fall, particularly Endive and Golden Glow. We’re not quite ready to let go of bright, hot summer but everyone knows that fall is around the corner. Days are getting shorter. Kids are getting ready for school. We’re looking ahead.”

Read more about chartreuse.

persimmon-style-boardSEPTEMBER 2010: Persimmon

Ripe persimmons range from orange-yellow to red-orange, and we chose the red-orange end of the spectrum. This is my favorite season, when the hot days of Indian summer give way to cooler weather. I love the first glimpse of orange, red and gold in the leaves and for me, persimmon captures that excitement.

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peacock-style-boardOCTOBER 2010: Peacock Blue

This is a seriously playful hue, the big sister of Pantone’s color of the year, turquoise. With a lineage like that, you can upholster a chair or sofa with it and trust it’ll look fresh for years to come. Or you can liven up your bigger pieces with pops of peacock blue. How about pillows on a bed done in this season’s It-Girl, gray? Or give a bathroom an 80s twist by pairing it with rosy pink.

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plum_style_boardNOVEMBER 2010: Plum

Plum is a color that pops on walls, especially when paired with white trim. Try Farrow & Ball’s Brinjal in a kitchen — the aubergine works in everything from rustic Tuscan to sleek modern. Rodda’s Dark Triumph would make for a stand-out powder room and Benjamin Moore’s Bottle of Bourdeaux would turn a bedroom into a boudoir.

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navy_style_boardDECEMBER 2010: Navy

Navy’s a good friend, pairing well with just about everything. It’s neutral and timeless enough that you can buy a main piece in this deep, rich shade.

Read more about navy.