Decorating Diva

Spring color crush

Welcome to Decorating Diva, where every week we share fresh, fun ways to update your home and spice up your living space! Whether you want to repaint or just refresh a few rooms, we're sharing some of the hottest hues to add to your home this season.

We asked Mary Lawlor, manager of color marketing for Kelly-Moore Paints, to share her picks for spring's must-have hues.

San Francisco Fog

Move over cream and beige, there's a new neutral in town. Lawlor’s pick — San Francisco Fog — is a classic silver gray that works well with the majority of other colors. "This silver gray is the perfect cleansing neutral," she says. "It is elegant and clean, the perfect grounding neutral for the spring and summer 2013 colors."

You can use this versatile neutral as a whole house color, or as an accent among bolder hues. "It is stunning when trimmed with white and accented with this spring's soft pastels and punchier colors," suggests Lawlor.

San Francisco Fog throw
San Francisco Fog rug
San Francisco Fog

Product picks: Braided cable throw from West Elm ($79), Hayden zigzag rug from Pottery Barn ($179 to $849), Linden gray pillow from Crate & Barrel ($33)

Pink Scallop

Feminine, fresh and just plain pretty, this soft, ethereal pink is a fun, spring-ready addition to your home for spring. "This color is naturally flattering to all skin tones, and one of those perfect colors for dining rooms and bedrooms," Lawlor says.

Pink Scallop pillow
Pink Scallop
Pink Scallop

Product picks: Rose grid pillow from Crate & Barrel ($30), Renaissance pitcher from Anthropologie ($70), Bed of roses bath mat from Urban Outfitters ($34)

La Paz Siesta

There are a few blue hues on the horizon for spring, and this one is refreshing, simple and light enough to use in a variety of ways. "Clean, clear and oh-so-restful, this color just makes you pause and appreciate it," Lawlor says. "This blue is the perfect color to use in laundry or bath."

La Paz Siesta
La Paz Siesta platter
La Paz Siesta curtain

Product picks: Fluffed and flaunting pillow from Anthropologie ($98 to $118), Oval platter from Crate & Barrel ($25), Waffleweave shower curtain from Pottery Barn ($59)


You normally see it in a glass, but for spring, chardonnay might be part of your decor. "This is a pale green-tinged yellow that captures the freshness of yellow with the grounding of green," explains Lawlor. "Playful and fun. This color will add a little zing to any room in need of a little stimulation."

Chardonnay pillow
Chardonnay couch
Chardonnay curtain

Product picks: Round pintuck pillow from Urban Outfitters ($34), Julius grass green sleeper sofa from CB2 ($999), Stripe shower curtain from West Elm ($39)

Go Go Mango

This punchy, bright, peachy pink is a good bet in areas needing a little something extra. Lawlor suggests teaming it with lavender and green for a stunning spring look for kids' rooms, the laundry room and bathrooms. "Bright colors are perfect for use in rooms enjoyed by kids and in pass-through areas of the home where not a lot of time is spent," she says. "Limited exposure allows them to pop you with happiness; prolonged exposure might tire you out."

Mango chair
Mango pillow
Mango mirror

Product picks: Oliver chair from West Elm ($339 to $466), Marimekko pillow from Crate & Barrel ($56), Chevron frame from Anthropologie ($28)

Cabana Bay

This green-tinged light blue is poised for popularity this spring. "From the runway to the home, it's that color that just says, 'Wrap me around you,'" says Lawlor. "This beautiful blue-green is popping up in all rooms of the home, teamed with whites and soft ivory."

Cabana Bay
Cabana Bay mirror
Cabana Bay

Product picks: Le Creuset stoneware pitcher from Williams-Sonoma ($55), Etched colored boudoir mirror from Urban Outfitters ($49), Dipped blue vases from West Elm ($10 to $40)

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Comments on "Decorating Diva: 6 Hot colors to add to your home this spring"

Samantha March 16, 2013 | 3:27 PM

Love love love the sanfrancisco fog!! Grays just make me so happy and energetic!!

Samantha March 16, 2013 | 3:27 PM

Love love love the sanfrancisco fog!! Grays just make me so happy and energetic!!

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