Top 5 Trending Paint Colors for Spring/Summer

A rare white lacquered sideboard by Tommi Parzinger for Parzinger Originals.

Decorating experts agree that painting is among the easiest and cheapest ways to dramatically change and freshen your surroundings. With minimal effort and cost, a fresh coat of paint can brighten or liven up any room.

While taste is subjective, major paint retailers and design magazines and TV shows say that these five colors are trending this spring. Grab a roller and a drop cloth, take a weekend to paint your walls, and change your life.

Sunny Yellow

A favorite for kids’ rooms and kitchens because of its warm, calming effect, yellow is no longer just the background to a coffee maker or bassinet.

Choosing the right shade is important; yellows can be dominating and can easily clash, but soft, inviting varieties — like mango — can complement any theme.

Deep Purple

Historically the color of the elite, purple is now the hottest color of the fashion world — and many think the trend will be moving to paint.

Traditional violet works amazingly well with white accent paint or light accessories, while deeper, darker hues like blueberry can pair well with earth tones like chocolate or mustard.

Lawn Green

Bring the outside indoors with the inviting color of the suburbs. Lawn, or yard, green draws light toward it and brightens any area.

Pair with other bold, bright colors like bullseye red and let your bold personality speak for itself when anyone enters your room. Perfect for a room that has many purposes like a living room or den; let this color’s versatility shine.


Part orange, part red, this pastel works as a soothing, softening force. Pair with other pastels like robin’s egg to make a room instantly feel bigger.

Consider painting roughly, or blotting with a sponge to let the white primer behind the paint poke through. Reminiscent of the traditional seashore cottage, this color begs for designs to be painted into it like shells or seahorses — even squiggly lines will do.


Deep earth tones like coffee brown can give a retro feel when paired with dull oranges or yellows like mustard. This can also give off an organic, outdoorsy appeal when coupled with light accents like white curtains.

Consider an accent wall in coffee — or maybe just the baseboards to create a perimeter around a predominately light room.

You can change the whole ambiance and feel of your entire room or house or apartment with just one coat of paint. Inexpensive and easy, painting can do wonders. Modernize your look or make it more mature with colors that match your personality.

Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. He writes on a variety of home improvement topics, including gutters.

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