These Are the 10 Summer Colors You’ll Want to Double Tap

The colors of summer are as beautiful a mix of bold and pastel hues as the season itself. Here are the 10 hottest colors for this hottest of seasons.


apartment living room beige

Last year’s surprising pastel was blush — this year, it’s cantaloupe. As juicy and refreshing as the fruit, this pale sherbet hue brings life to any room. Pair it with leafy green and turquoise to keep it up-to-date. Love this look? Try Ginger Peach.


open living blue rooms

Because of its nautical heritage, navy is always the color of summer. But this year, nautical’s shipshape shade is taking a vacation. Walls have gone from navy’s deep, true blue to a denim — the color of the perfect pair of old jeans. Linen and creamy white bring out this true-blue’s softer side.


olive green paint bedroom purple bed

Jade green is a quieter version of the jeweled emerald tones we’ve been seeing the last few years. This grayed-down green makes a quiet backdrop for a bedroom when paired with charcoal and white. Make your bedroom an oasis with Spruce Shade.


aqua living room dark green couch

The color of deep ocean waters, teal brings a sense of cool on even the hottest days.

Golden Yellow

yellow painted bedroom with canopy

Colors from the ’70s are in the spotlight again, especially an almost-harvest gold. This versatile hue warms any room, and can go from traditional to Bohemian just by virtue of its accent colors and furnishings. Pairing it with brown, beige and peach makes this bedroom cozy and approachable. Go golden with Joyful.

Red Delicious

red painted living room

While we might call this cherry red, it’s also cheery red. This bold, memorable hue enlivens a room (and your appetite — go easy using this in kitchens), giving it a look that’s both traditional and energetic. Crisp white is its BFF.

Powdery Gray-Blue

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While we’ve all seen (and painted) our share of greige and gray walls, this year, the color is slightly off-center. This powdery hue — somewhere between gray and blue (try Blue Beard) — instantly calms a space, turning a bedroom into a dreamy retreat.

Palest Violet

light purple kids bedroom

Violet’s feminine side makes itself known this season in its palest, pastel glory. More a suggestion of color than the color itself, it recedes to the background and can be easily overpowered. So pair it with lots of white and an equally pale gray to make sure this pretty shade doesn’t get lost.


2020 ppg coty living room

Like navy, turquoise is a perennial summer favorite. It calls to mind walks by the beach and 1950s postcards with flamingos and sunsets. Its vintage vibe seems made for midcentury modern furnishings.


salmon pink exterior

Coral is cantaloupe’s grown-up cousin, deeper, richer and somehow more sophisticated. It’s beautiful with cranberry or red but look how those green shutters pop against it. We recommend Clay Pot.

Are you ready for a new paint color? Choose one of these summer color trends and give your home a fresh, new look. Check out our color samples, request free swatches, or let us help you pick the color — and paint for you.

Kelley Rebori

Kelley Rebori has written for national brands like Paintzen, HGTV, the DIY Network and Trulia for more than a decade. She loves home renovation projects, chocolate icing and small poodles. She and her husband split the year between their homes in Tennessee and Italy.