Decorating Diva: Embracing color this summer

Jun 8, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. ET

Welcome to Decorating Diva, where every week we share fresh, fun ways to update your home and spice up your living space! While colder months are all about warm tones and tried-and-true neutrals, summer lends itself much more to breezy brights. Fresh fruit, icy cocktails, super-cute sundresses – everything about summer is bursting with a rainbow of fabulous hues. So what better time than as the temperatures rise to embrace your favorite stunning shades? We hereby declare this the summer of color! Check out our fun picks for bold home accents and give every room a colorful boost.

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Lively online finds we love

We scoured the Web in the name of color to find some of the best in beautiful brights. It was hard to choose our favorites, but we narrowed it down to six of the most fun and fresh accents aimed at giving your home a whole new look for summer.

1Multicolor wall clock

We can't get enough of this playful wall clock featuring a vibrant multicolor spectrum (MoMa Store, $40). Cheerful and chic, this clock will add a pop of color to whatever room you hang it in. Great for a child's bedroom or even your entryway as your official statement of color for the sunny season ahead.

2Sassy serving tray

Go bold when it comes to summer entertaining and bring your guests ice-cold beverages on this lime green serving tray (Crate & Barrel, $25). Not only will it look great carting ice teas or daiquiris, it does a great job of adding a pop of color to your countertop.

3Eye-popping pillow

One of the easiest ways to bring color into a room is with pillows, and we're currently coveting this hand-embroidered beauty (Anthropologie, $88) featuring bold blues and pinks, a perfect color combo for summer. Toss this pretty pillow on a white or beige chair to give it a serious dash of something bright.

4Lively lamp

Add some extra light to your workspace or a nightstand with this sunny yellow carpenter lamp (CB2, $70). Along with the cheerful shade, we love how easily this retro-inspired lamp clamps to any flat edge (so you can place it virtually anywhere), and it's a snap to angle wherever you need the most light.

5Look-at-me mixer

We might be inspired to bake more if we had this stunning magenta stand mixer sitting pretty on our counter (Williams-Sonoma, $350). Small enough to avoid creating too much kitchen clutter, this gourmet gadget makes preparing cake, cookies and other sweet treats a cinch.

6Nesting tables

Use these cute and convenient Paul Loebach nesting tables (Areaware, $400) in any room that needs some added surface area and storage space. Not only are they practical, they come in a refreshingly bright shade of blue. Use them as stools, storage boxes or tables when you have company.

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