Fruity col­ors perk up decor

The Progress-Index - At Home - - FRESH LOOK - Kim Cook

Ah, sum­mer — the sea­son when or­anges are trans­formed into ice pops, limes add zing to slushies, peaches be­come pies, and berries take over nearly ev­ery dessert from June to Septem­ber.

Cit­rus and other fruity hues look fresh and en­er­getic in sum­mer dé­cor, and there’s no need to re­move them once fall ap­proaches. Their up­beat na­ture makes them a smart choice all year round.

“Cit­rus hues are le­mon sor­bet for your eyes. Ev­ery­body’s home could ben­e­fit from a lit­tle ex­tra zest, and bright juicy col­ors are the ul­ti­mate palate cleanser. A taste of le­mon yel­low, tan­ger­ine or­ange or lime green adds sunny op­ti­mism,” says de­signer Jonathan Adler.

Adler’s Brigitte chair, one of his fa­vorite de­signs, re­sem­bles a big comfy hand. You can have it in a spec­trum of tasty hues in­clud­ing a Cream­si­cle-like or­ange and a navy as rich and dark as a blue­berry. Lime-green uphol­stery brings ex­tra drama to Adler’s mod­ernist Pek­ing sofa. ( )

Faith Phillips, de­sign and trends ex­pert for La-Z-Boy, likes the fresh pop of mango for an in­te­rior ac­cent hue as the tem­per­a­tures start ris­ing.

“For those of us who love a touch of ‘sunset’ in our home, this color’s for us,” she says. “It’s a bold color that can take nat­u­ral hues like linen and sand and make them look richer.”

It’s also lovely paired with any shade of gray. For a play­ful, beachy vibe, con­sider mix­ing mango with straw­berry.

La-Z-Boy’s Nightlife sofa, part of the Ur­ban At­ti­tudes col­lec­tion, is avail­able in tan­gelo or berry, among other col­ors. ( )

At Home­goods, look for an ac­cent chair up­hol­stered in deep rasp­berry, an ot­toman clad in grape, and some happy-go-lucky or­ange ta­ble lamps. (www.home­ )

CB2 has found a fan­tas­tic lemony yel­low that’s avail­able in ac­cent pieces like a high-gloss serve tray, a fun lit­tle teapot, a knit­ted pouf and a quilted pil­low. There’s a bar stool, pa­tio um­brella and book­shelf, too. (www. )

If the crisp tang of ap­ple red ap­peals to you, con­sider Tar­get’s turned-leg ac­cent ta­ble or Wind­ham book­case, both from the Thresh­old col­lec­tion. There’s an up­hol­stered head­board in the hue, and a well-priced tub chair too. (www.tar­ )

Maine Cot­tage has built its busi­ness on color, and the ex­ten­sive fur­ni­ture col­lec­tion, which in­cludes beds, ta­bles, book­cases, dressers and chairs, is avail­able in an ex­ten­sive pal­ette of both in­tense and qui­eter shades. Con­sider a dresser or book­case in a grapey blue, bunk beds in ap­ple green, a hutch in banana, or a din­ing ta­ble in apri­cot. (www.mainecot­ )

Fruity hues look fresh and light­hearted against neu­trals, so con­sider white, gray or ivory walls and large fur­ni­ture pieces, with your color as punc­tu­a­tion. Dec­o­ra­tive ac­cents like pil­lows, art, vases or rugs are in­ex­pen­sive ways to add im­pact.

These deep, juicy shades will look lush paired with woods, leather, metallics and dark back­grounds. Think grape or pome­gran­ate with wal­nut or brass; rhubarb or rasp­berry with ebony ac­cents and a tex­tured rug.


This sofa has a rich plummy hue that is a state­ment piece. Let it an­chor the room, and add com­ple­men­tary pat­tern as well as some neu­trals to pro­vide bal­ance and co­he­sion.

Knit­ted pouf balls add a pop of le­mon yel­low to a pa­tio or play­room. The fruity hues of sum­mer can make home decor look fresh and en­er­getic all year long.


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