5 Summer Colors to Revive Your NYC Apartment

Is your apartment feeling blah? Inject a little life into your space this season with color. Here are five summer colors that have the ability to completely transform your New York apartment, even when used in small doses

Is your apartment feeling a little blah? There’s an easy way to inject life into your space, and that’s by adding color. An eye-catching hue has the ability to completely transform a room, even when used in small doses. Here are five summer colors to incorporate into your home:


From pale dove to dark charcoal, gray comes in many varieties. Consider it the new beige.

Gray’s the perfect choice for the color-shy. Look for lighter shades with colorful undertones, such as blue, green, or purple. They’ll add a touch of neutral color to your apartment. But you can also go bold with gray. Why not try trendy two-tone kitchen cabinets? Paint your upper cabinets a pale gray and your lower cabinets a dark, moody gray.


If you’re looking for a color that will never go out of style, choose blue. With its immense range of shades, there’s a hue for everyone.

Pale, chalky blues are popular right now. These blues feel neutral when painted on your walls and work well with both light- and dark-colored furniture.

Look to fashion for trendier blues, and you’ll find cobalt a bold color that makes an instant impact on a room. Use it to paint an accent wall or go all out and paint the whole room. Try it on furniture, as well. Wouldn’t your TV look amazing perched atop a vibrant cobalt console?

You might also consider moodier blues, like Benjamin Moore’s Van Duesen Blue. A blue with depth, this color is perfect for creating character in a New York apartment without a lot of architectural detail.

Summer Colors for Your NYC Apartment: Pale, Chalky Blue

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Gold, silver, and other metallics add texture, shine, and a sense of luxury. Incorporate them into your decor through paint, furniture, and accessories. Just remember that a little goes a long way. Mixed metallics are a huge trend, so don’t feel like you need to do all gold or all silver. It’s more modern to use them together.

A quick and easy way to experiment with metallics is with spray paint. Just about anything can be transformed with a little paint. If you’re not sure where to start, check out LiveLoveDIY’s post 10 favorite ways to use spray paint. Prepare to be inspired!


Are you looking for a color that’s rich, vibrant, and unexpected? Purple is it!

Consider Radiant Orchid, a captivating purple with pink and fuchsia undertones that Pantone chose as its 2014 Color of the Year. It’s popping up in everything from paint to accessories. Radiant Orchid pairs well with both neutrals and more colorful shades, such as turquoise or teal.

Lavender is also on trend for summer. This soothing color works especially well in the bedroom, but don’t be afraid to use it throughout your apartment. Combine it with pale blues and browns for a contemporary tonal effect.

Summer Colors for Your NYC Apartment: Lavender

Image Source: Coldwell Banker


When it comes to summer colors, coral is synonymous with the season. Coral is a combination of orange, red, yellow, and pink — range from orange to pinkish, depending on the proportion of these colors and your apartment’s light. It’s a fun accent color that pairs well with neutrals. Create a pop of color in a plain room with coral pillows, throws, and other accessories. Try combining coral with other colors, as well. It looks nautical with navy blue, fresh with grassy greens, and retro with turquoise.

This summer, inject a little life into your New York apartment. These five summer colors are a great place to start!

Image Source: Flickr/Andreas Wecker


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