18 Fresh Summer Paint Colors That Make Every Day Feel Like Vacation

Bring paradise home.

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PHOTO: Dustin Askland; DESIGN: Elizabeth Roberts

What paint colors say fresh air, flowers in bloom, cool breezes, and sunny afternoons? These vibrant hues and soothing shades are our favorites for the warm-weather months. Whether you want to give your home a quick seasonal update, or you want to channel summertime all year long, these summer colors will do the trick.

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pink paint colors
Jonny Valiant
Coral

Pinks don't have to feel over the top and one-dimensional. A muted coral tone can be timeless, sophisticated, and fun all at once when paired with shaper pieces, like black furniture, splashes of marble, and metallic and graphic wall art. This dining room designed by Jamie Drake demonstrates its wonderful chameleon capacity, as looks like it could be anywhere from Palm Beach to Los Angeles (it's actually in an Manhattan Art Deco skyscraper).

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Courtesy of Old Brand New
Marigold

Nothing says summer like a sunny shade of yellow. To keep vibrant yellow from overpowering a space, opt for white moldings and use contrasting colors, like sage green and bright blue. Black accents will also keep things grounded, as seen in this space designed by Old Brand New.

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Bjorn Wallander
Flamingo Pink

Interior designer Janie Molster says there's no such thing as too much pink, and we happen to agree. But if you just want to dabble in the bright color, start by painting a smaller area in your home, like in pretty window nook. It gives a bit of a romantic glow without feeling like you painted the walls with Pepto-Bismol.

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PHOTO: Nicole Franzen; DESIGN: GRT
Pale Purple

Make a wintery or lackluster hallway feel fresh by repainting the trimmings with a pale purple hue. Deep violet, which evokes summer flowers like lilac, with pops of burn orange and warm woods feel both fresh and timeless in this transitional space designed by GRT Architects.

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Studio Razavi
Tangerine

This custom painted wall in a Parisian dining room designed by Studio Razavi Architecture is eclectic decorating at its finest. It's also a lesson in how to use bold color but still have it feel sophisticated and refined. Though the shades of tangerine, orchid, and blue feel light and whimsical, the geometric patterns assert a sense of modern design that beautifully juxtaposes the Neoclassical architecture.

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Hecker Guthrie
Seafoam Green

Pale green is a gorgeous summer color for your walls, but it can also be a lovely accent color for painted furniture. This color palette isn an eat-in kitchen designed by Hecker Guthrie is bright, airy, and tranquil, yet intriguing. For an easy summer update and fun project, paint your kitchen stools a lighter color, like this refreshing shade of seafoam green.

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summer color ideas
JAMES MERRELL
Rich Mauve

Designed by Kate Reid, this little nook packs a lot of punch. She chose this surprising shade to make the beautiful doors stand out even more. Paint a closet door or statement wall in a small room a new color for a summer upgrade. This rich shade of mauve is unique and bold, and also speaks to the color palette of the nearby wallpaper.

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PHOTO: Alexandra Ribar; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors
Buttercream Yellow

Take note from this space designed by Leanne Ford Interiors and paint your kitchen a subtly sunny hue, like buttercream yellow. Then lay down an area rug with pops of coral for a fresh, bold anchor. The large drum pendant in white and gold speaks to the pretty paint color, too.

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mint green rooms
Trevor Tondro
Light Turquoise

Paired with a mint pistachio green upholstered headboard and a retro-style crocheted coverlet, this small bedroom designed by J. P. Horton belongs in the summer getaway home of our dreams.

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JAMES MERRELL
Indigo

Indigo is classic for anything from a beach house to a pied-a-terre. It'll add depth and a regal sensibility to a living room while also channeling the ocean. This indigo-painted living room happens to be in a New York apartment designed by Kate Reid.

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PHOTO: Nicole Franzen; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors
Bright White

Let's be real: Bright white paint boasts the summeriest vibe of all. That being said, it also works for every other season (yes, you can break that Labor Day rule in the name of crisp winter whites). In this living room designed by Leanne Ford Interiors, a cool white palette is grounded by layers of h rugs and rich materials.

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2LG Studio
Sage Green

The back wall in this playful dining room designed by 2LG Studio is a serene shade of sage green. It would fit in with a variety of interiors, whether you want to go all out with a fun design scheme like this or stick to something a little more traditional. It's both cool and calming.

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ERIC PIASECKI
Neon Orange

This sitting room designed by Katie Ridder feels like a garden come to life, and the whole space is energized by the painted walls and matching curtains. A super vibrant neon orange will channel those late summer night sunsets. The gold painted ceilings adds an unexpected pop of fun, too.

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Mikael Axelsson for Fantastic Frank
Sky Blue

A soothing soft blue feels like fresh air when you walk into the room. It adds an ethereal, dreamy quality to a bedroom but also offers a ton of versatility. Linen bedding is also always a good way to transition your interiors into the summer season.

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PHOTO: Dustin Askland; DESIGN: Elizabeth Roberts
Peach

Don't be afraid of pinks becoming too feminine. A black marble fireplace introduces a touch of inky moodiness to this peachy living room decorated by Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design. The splashes of navy blue marry that carefree vibe of peach with the more sophisticated look of black marble.

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Courtesy of Old Brand New
Jade Green

This jewel-toned color makes a room feel like a Caribbean oasis. Add potted plants and we're completely swooning, as you can see in this living room designed by Old Brand New.

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Nicole Franzen
Pale Beige

A super light shade of beige will contrast just enough with crisp bright interiors while also injecting some warmth into the space. It'll also bing to mind long walks on a sandy beach. Then add pops of cheerful colors with will decor and throw pillows.

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STACEY BRANDFORD
Spring Green

This saturated green feels fresh—think farmers markets and foliage. Add to that effect with botanical prints.

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