What colors say “summer” to you? Is it the blues of the pool or colors of your garden? Just this past week, three previous clients reached out to me asking about color suggestions for re-painting rooms. It seems some are eager for a fresh look before Fall. Changing paint is a fast, inexpensive way to make a dramatic change in your space. With that in mind, here are some suggestions to freshen up some rooms at your house.


White is an obvious choice, but is all the rage when it comes to Kitchens and Baths. White doesn’t have to make a room feel boring or sterile. It can bring a simplicity that is calm, uncluttered and relaxing. Changing a beige or yellow room to white looks clean and fresh. Adding bursts of color in flowers, pillows, or other accents along with natural wood elements can freshen a room in a few hours. But what white to choose? Here are some of the hot whites this year:

Benjamin Moore color of the Year 2016: Simply White OC-117

Lococco white kitchen

kitchen by Don Lococco

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year: Alabaster White


Need more ideas in selecting the perfect white?  Read this article by This Old House.


This color is becoming more popular in unexpected places. Living rooms are using dark navy on trim and walls. Kitchens are showcasing Navy on cabinets.  By using a white and Navy look, a kitchen can look updated, crisp, fresh and clean. A darker base cabinet can anchor a space and allow for the upper area to appear more open and bright. Benjamin Moore has a new “Seaside Dreams” color group that highlights the Hale Navy color.  This can be used on walls and trim for a cohesive look. A comparable color is “Rainstorm” by Sherwin Williams. Both wonderful choices.

blue DeVOL Kitchen Seaside Dreams Ben Moore color group

(photo by deVOL kitchens)


You cant look at Pinterest or any design magazine without realizing that everyone is going grey when it comes to color selections.  Considering the cool, calming effect it can have, its a great way to update a brown space with a modern look. In this Kitchen below, my client and I worked together to select the perfect grey for her walls that would  coordinate with the grey cabinetry at the island, and Carrera marble tile backsplash. We landed on Benjamin Moore Grey Owl.

Sherwin Williams also offers some wonderful “greige” (blend between grey and beige) color combinations



Many magazines and designers are showcasing green this summer.  This is not the avacado green of the 70’s. Some are subtle and some go bold, but kelley green is a hot color right now. You can’t miss the wow factor Kitchen designed by architect Bill Ingram in the new Southern Living Idea House 2016. Go green!

Green Kitchen

If an entire kitchen is too much for you, but you like the fresh look of green shades, try experimenting in a secondary space like a pantry or laundry area. Green is a wonderful complement to white appliances. Relentless Olive  SW6425 by Sherwin Williams is a great color to try.

Ray Lynn Calaway Laundry ROom

Or, if you enjoy a green palette since it brings outside colors indoors, try accenting with paintings or wall hangings using large scale botanical prints and art. Just Google “botanical prints” and you will find many options to choose from as its become a popular decorating trend lately.

Green botanicals

Experimenting with color is a fun and easy way to update a space, and for very minimal cost. Contact us today  to set up a time for a color consult for your home, or leave a comment below so let us know your favorite color of summer!