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February Color Palette

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This February color palette makes me excited for spring -- the light greens and blues will give anyone spring fever. The colors are light and airy but are grounded with rich grays.

There are so many ways to showcase these shades of grays, greens, and blues throughout your home. Here are some ideas to help lift your rooms out of the winter doldrums. I hope they inspire you to give your home an early spring makeover.

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From right to left: Cement Gray (MSL266), Milk Pail (MSL122), Awning (MSL137), Enamelware (MSL116), Etched Glass (MSL144), and Toile Blue (MSL157).

1 From right to left: Cement Gray (MSL266), Milk Pail (MSL122), Awning (MSL137), Enamelware (MSL116), Etched Glass (MSL144), and Toile Blue (MSL157).

On the back of the paint swatch that you have picked are recommendations for other colors that would work well with the chosen color.

2 On the back of the paint swatch that you have picked are recommendations for other colors that would work well with the chosen color.

Faded blues are restful and comforting. In a modern yet romantic kitchen, two sun-faded shaes of blue are painted on wide floorboards.

3 Faded blues are restful and comforting. In a modern yet romantic kitchen, two sun-faded shaes of blue are painted on wide floorboards.

Behind the bed, a blue botanical cyanotype is framed in white, suspended on a medium blue ribbon.

4 Behind the bed, a blue botanical cyanotype is framed in white, suspended on a medium blue ribbon.

A collection of Delft tiles and transferware plates brings together a range of blues and patterns.

5 A collection of Delft tiles and transferware plates brings together a range of blues and patterns.

A white enamel-top table with a blue enameled edge serves as a desk. The desk chair, a flea-market find that was painted grayish white, has a seat covered in Martha's favorite blue chintz.

6 A white enamel-top table with a blue enameled edge serves as a desk. The desk chair, a flea-market find that was painted grayish white, has a seat covered in Martha's favorite blue chintz.

Three shades of gray-toned blues lend an air of history and refinement to this hallway, where they are sued to enhance and define architectural features.

7 Three shades of gray-toned blues lend an air of history and refinement to this hallway, where they are sued to enhance and define architectural features.

The couch and paint color of the walls make this room look and feel so bright.

8 The couch and paint color of the walls make this room look and feel so bright.

I love this couch, it's a great size even for a small living room or entry way.

9 I love this couch, it's a great size even for a small living room or entry way.

The bed frame and art work above the nightstands frame the bed so beautifully.

10 The bed frame and art work above the nightstands frame the bed so beautifully.

The color of this wall brightens up the room.

11 The color of this wall brightens up the room.

The color of these walls will help the light reach every inch of the home year-round.

12 The color of these walls will help the light reach every inch of the home year-round.

A comforter can transform the look of a bedroom instantly.

13 A comforter can transform the look of a bedroom instantly.

Painting a wall is inexpensive and an easy way to make even a hallway look more alive.

14 Painting a wall is inexpensive and an easy way to make even a hallway look more alive.

The color of the wall makes the vintage furniture stand out! (Photograph by Aristea Rizakos)

15 The color of the wall makes the vintage furniture stand out! (Photograph by Aristea Rizakos)

A bright color on a small piece of furniture can add personality to a room. (Photograph by Aristea Rizakos)

16 A bright color on a small piece of furniture can add personality to a room. (Photograph by Aristea Rizakos)

This gray armchair is so gorgeous! (Photograph by Emily Gilbert)

17 This gray armchair is so gorgeous! (Photograph by Emily Gilbert)

I love the silver-gray in this room, it really shines! (Photograph from Desire To Inspire)

18 I love the silver-gray in this room, it really shines! (Photograph from Desire To Inspire)

I love this light-colored room with a warm gray comforter.

19 I love this light-colored room with a warm gray comforter.

From Rue Magazine, I love how pillows of different shades of blues and greens adds to the room.

20 From Rue Magazine, I love how pillows of different shades of blues and greens adds to the room.

From Melanie + Elston Interiors, I love how the colors frame the next room.

21 From Melanie + Elston Interiors, I love how the colors frame the next room.

Even with a warm gray, this kitchen still gets flooded with sunlight.

22 Even with a warm gray, this kitchen still gets flooded with sunlight.

I love the cabinet colors in this Hus & Hem photograph.

23 I love the cabinet colors in this Hus & Hem photograph.

These display cabinets are painted a beautiful shade.

24 These display cabinets are painted a beautiful shade.

I love the accent pillows and pouffs -- the color goes very well with the pattern on the area rug.

25 I love the accent pillows and pouffs -- the color goes very well with the pattern on the area rug.

I love the light shade of gray used on the walls. (Photographed by Amanda McLauchlan)

26 I love the light shade of gray used on the walls. (Photographed by Amanda McLauchlan)

The blue chairs and couch look gorgeous in the sunlight. (Photograph from VTInteriors.com)

27 The blue chairs and couch look gorgeous in the sunlight. (Photograph from VTInteriors.com)

A wall of shelves stand out in this kitchen -- the different material and color are what catches my eyes. (Photographed by Stuart McIntyre)

28 A wall of shelves stand out in this kitchen -- the different material and color are what catches my eyes. (Photographed by Stuart McIntyre)

In a quaint bathroom, the light blue walls are striking. (Photograph from Desire To Inspire)

29 In a quaint bathroom, the light blue walls are striking. (Photograph from Desire To Inspire)

I love the green conforter on this bed.

30 I love the green conforter on this bed.

The blue and gray in this room are so beautiful. I love the wallpaper! (Photograph from High Fashion Home)

31 The blue and gray in this room are so beautiful. I love the wallpaper! (Photograph from High Fashion Home)

The light blue walls in this room are subtle and allow other decor to stand out.

32 The light blue walls in this room are subtle and allow other decor to stand out.

From Martha Stewart Living, I love the color and material of this couch.

33 From Martha Stewart Living, I love the color and material of this couch.

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Comments (4)

  • Gorgeous colors and photos, real inspirations
    Thanks Kevin

  • lovely! I especially like the slate gray shades!

  • Kevin,

    This is a stunning round-up--so eye-catching yet soothing too. Thanks for including one of our images!

    xo
    Anne Sage & The Rue Team

  • Author Comment:

    Hi, Carol

    We have included the MSL paint names and numbers and links to order a tester of each on the blog post! Hope you enjoy and let us know if you use any of the colors in your home.

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