Spring Colors Brighten Your Home No Matter the Season

Spring colors don't have to be put away when cold weather arrives. Use springtime's sunny, uplifting shades to add happy hues to your home.

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No rule says your home can't be bright and cheerful even when the calendar says it's winter. Choosing the right colors for your taste can change your mood, energize you, and make a house feel more like a warm, welcoming place. So what exactly are spring colors? Think bright, fresh and uplifting, like tangerine orange, sunshiny yellow, Barbie pink, grass green and robin's egg blue. For a softer feel, use pastel versions of the same hues—still spring-like, but with less oomph. Here's how to incorporate fresh spring colors into your home.

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Coordinating Pops of Color

blue living room

Once you've found the perfect wall color, it's easy to accentuate it with coordinating shades in the rest of your decor. The neutral furniture and rug in this powder blue room prevent the color palette from overwhelming and allow the bright magenta to tie everything together. Plus, switching out spring colors like the pink pillows, flowers, and accents for other hues is easy as the seasons (or your tastes) change.

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Soft, But Sophisticated

Pale, soft hues are a hallmark of spring-inspired palettes. Here's how to keep spring colors looking sophisticated.

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Spring Colors Trio

family room

This room works because all the spring shades share a midrange tone. The blue hues of the couch and lamp dominate the space, while the pink and purple hues complement it perfectly. And the multicolored, floral upholstered chair ties the room together by incorporating all the shades.

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Emphasize One Spring Color


You can't go wrong with a white kitchen. But to keep the high gloss center of your home from feeling too sterile, add at least one color. The bright aquamarine of the metal bar stools and stand mixer gives this kitchen a fresh, almost tropical feeling. You can create a similar effect with another spring color, such as canary, tangerine, or lilac.

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Neutral Plus


A combination of neutral walls and bedding lays a stable foundation in this bedroom, which looks stunning in the room's natural light. But the colorful duvet and pillow shams really add the pop. When you start with such a subdued palette, it's easy to add a lot of colors through a boldly patterned piece. Plus, adding patterns takes the guesswork out of matching colors.

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Spring Palette

living room

Don't be intimidated by the range of colors in this room. The shades of blue, aqua, and yellow work together and are sprinkled throughout the room rather than concentrated in just one area. When working with pastels or soft spring hues, it's wise to balance it with at least one bold jewel tone, like the cobalt on the upholstered stools, which keeps the room from feeling too frothy and saccharine.

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Ready for Change


If you aren't afraid to commit to a color, splurge on a bright statement piece in your favorite hue, like this bold pink sofa. Look for a color you can work with as the seasons change. This room, filled with green and yellow accents and brightly tinted artwork, is ready for spring and summer. Work in grays and plums and the space says fall and winter.

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Book It

book shelves

Adding spring color to your decor doesn't have to be a long-term commitment. Paint the inside of your bookcases for an easy (and easy to change) update. Whether built into the wall or freestanding, this little trick adds brightness without overwhelming the room. It's also ideal for apartment dwellers or anyone on a budget since it's a quick and inexpensive weekend DIY project.

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Punched Up Color

teal and purple bedroom

Don't think spring color means frothy pastels only. This bright bedroom perfectly combines pale lilac and vibrant aqua. So how do you keep the brighter color from overwhelming the pair? It is used on smaller pieces like the leather pouf and the armchair or in a pattern that incorporates a lot of white, like on the wallpaper at the head of the bed.

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Grassy Green

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Greening grass is a hallmark of the arriving spring season, and the color adds the same freshness to a room's color scheme. The bright, lush grass-green velvet bed frame heralds a springlike aesthetic in this bedroom. Adding in hints of bright pink furthers the look. With such a colorful and textural bed, it's important to keep the sheets and bedding simple to keep the look clean and crisp.

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Tie It All Together


The biggest lesson from this spacious living room is: It's important to have the right balance of light and dark colors. The navy wingback chairs could darken the space, but the light linen couch and warm peachy tan rug prevent them from feeling too heavy. Pops of coral and emerald green inject the blue palette with springlike energy.

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Unexpected Spring Colors

banquette dining room

Even though it's small and probably not at the top of your decor priority list, a breakfast nook or banquette is a color showcase waiting to happen. Infuse this space with a bright, bold color, and you'll create a cheerful space perfect for energizing you during your morning coffee or welcoming your family for dinner or game night. Here, clean white and robin's egg blue combine with wood tones, creating a classic yet peppy look.

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Embrace Subtlety


Adding color to your home doesn't mean you have to go overboard. This tone-on-tone green patterned wallpaper is beautiful without overpowering the room. Because the pattern is so subtle, the green reads almost as a neutral, a perfect accompaniment for clean white and brighter accents.

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Color Plus White

Storage and Character

An entirely white tile bathroom can feel too sterile, but a white foundation plus an envelope of color creates a clean yet serene space. This gorgeous bath flips convention and emphasizes color on the top half of the walls. The aquamarine hue is the perfect relaxing shade for a primary bathroom. If you don't want to paint walls, adding colorfully painted furniture like the linen cabinet will make enough impact.

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Style Bridge

living room

The last place you'd likely expect to find pale spring hues is in a room studded with Asian-inspired antiques and Persian rugs. But the fact that the colorful carpet is faded makes it fit right in with the lighter shades. In addition, the pink and yellow pillows are picked up in the rug, making the decor feel cohesive and proving spring colors have a place in almost any space.

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Color Makeover

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Find a fabric you love in a spring-inspired pattern (think floral and foliage) and use it to kick off a color makeover. There's a reason this tried-and-true decorating method is so prevalent—it's nearly foolproof. Start with curtains or fabric you like and match your wall color to one of the shades in the pattern. Don't want to stop there? Keep going by pulling out other colors from the fabric to use in accessories, soft goods, and furniture.

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