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Home Design with Kevin Sharkey

My New Summer Palette

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Tomorrow marks the first official day of summer, so naturally I was inspired to create a Summer 2011 palette.

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Martha Stewart Living paints available from Home Depot from left: Silhouette (MSL280), Talc (MSL226), Terra Rosa (MSL018), Custard (MSL068),Tobacco Leaf (MSL208), and Love-In-A-Mist (MSL142).  (homedepot.com)

1 Martha Stewart Living paints available from Home Depot from left: Silhouette (MSL280), Talc (MSL226), Terra Rosa (MSL018), Custard (MSL068),Tobacco Leaf (MSL208), and Love-In-A-Mist (MSL142). (homedepot.com)

My choices came from some traditional summer references: a sky blue, a sunny yellow, and a color that mimics beach sand.  I then added a punchy deep coral color, which flatters everyone's skin tone. Finally, basic black and crisp white used as accents give the palette a modern, sophisticated edge.

These rooms will give you a sense of how to smartly use these shades...

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A new pair of curtains can completely change the look of a room for summer. (decorpad.com)

1 A new pair of curtains can completely change the look of a room for summer. (decorpad.com)

Who says summer has to be subdued? I love how all of the blues work in this space. (decorpad.com)

2 Who says summer has to be subdued? I love how all of the blues work in this space. (decorpad.com)

You feel you could instantly take a restful summer nap here. (House Beautiful)

3 You feel you could instantly take a restful summer nap here. (House Beautiful)

This proves that a simple coat of paint can transform the focal point in a room. (Martha Stewart Living)

4 This proves that a simple coat of paint can transform the focal point in a room. (Martha Stewart Living)

Relaxed colors like sunny yellows and blues can work for a sophisticated urban space as well. (Martha Stewart Living)

5 Relaxed colors like sunny yellows and blues can work for a sophisticated urban space as well. (Martha Stewart Living)

I adore how these colors look together. (Martha Stewart Living)

6 I adore how these colors look together. (Martha Stewart Living)

This is my kind of beach chic. (House Beautiful)

7 This is my kind of beach chic. (House Beautiful)

How can you not be uplifted when you walk into this room. (Western Interiors and Design)

8 How can you not be uplifted when you walk into this room. (Western Interiors and Design)

If you are looking for a quick update this season, I found some great pieces to "summer-ize"  any room in your home.

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I love the way the colors of these vases fit together. Just one, or all four, would look great on a kitchen counter or side table. (remodelista.com)

1 I love the way the colors of these vases fit together. Just one, or all four, would look great on a kitchen counter or side table. (remodelista.com)

This leather basket makes a great accent piece for an entryway or foyer. Loose umbrellas or collections of magazines have found their home. (serenaandlily.com)

2 This leather basket makes a great accent piece for an entryway or foyer. Loose umbrellas or collections of magazines have found their home. (serenaandlily.com)

I love the shape of these vases. Just a single flower cut from the garden and placed inside would be all the adornment a bedside table would need. (canoeonline.net)

3 I love the shape of these vases. Just a single flower cut from the garden and placed inside would be all the adornment a bedside table would need. (canoeonline.net)

Incorporating the punch red and calm yellow of summer, this vintage trunk is eclectic and tribal. (jasonhomeandgraden.com)

4 Incorporating the punch red and calm yellow of summer, this vintage trunk is eclectic and tribal. (jasonhomeandgraden.com)

I picture this pillow on a white sofa. Nothing says summer quite like red, white, and blue. (johnrobshaw.com)

5 I picture this pillow on a white sofa. Nothing says summer quite like red, white, and blue. (johnrobshaw.com)

This beautiful, encyclopedic coral photograph reminds me of lace. (chicshopla.com)

6 This beautiful, encyclopedic coral photograph reminds me of lace. (chicshopla.com)

This distressed, antique cabinet has such a relaxed feel while the lines keep it from fading into a wall. Its blue and gray tones remind me of weathered pier on the water. (jasonhomeanddesign.com)

7 This distressed, antique cabinet has such a relaxed feel while the lines keep it from fading into a wall. Its blue and gray tones remind me of weathered pier on the water. (jasonhomeanddesign.com)

A stylized take on a bed of summer pansies. (From the Martha Stewart line at safavieh.com)

8 A stylized take on a bed of summer pansies. (From the Martha Stewart line at safavieh.com)

Sometimes a new pair of graphic sheets is enough to refresh the whole bedroom. (abchome.com)

9 Sometimes a new pair of graphic sheets is enough to refresh the whole bedroom. (abchome.com)

They're never to young to learn organization. Use these cute burlap bins to teach your kids some lessons in organization this summer. (rhbabyandchild.com)

10 They're never to young to learn organization. Use these cute burlap bins to teach your kids some lessons in organization this summer. (rhbabyandchild.com)

The pillow's pattern and color is so refreshing against a more subtle bedspread or sofa. (johnrobshaw.com)

11 The pillow's pattern and color is so refreshing against a more subtle bedspread or sofa. (johnrobshaw.com)

The ditressed look on this piece of art is so unique. It would be the perfect punch of color to an otherwise nuetral room. (anthropologie.com)

12 The ditressed look on this piece of art is so unique. It would be the perfect punch of color to an otherwise nuetral room. (anthropologie.com)

The graphic nature of this floral pattern keeps it from being too sweet. (anthropologie.com)

13 The graphic nature of this floral pattern keeps it from being too sweet. (anthropologie.com)

The shade of yellow wax used in these candles reminds me of a buttercream frosting. (crateandbarrel.com)

14 The shade of yellow wax used in these candles reminds me of a buttercream frosting. (crateandbarrel.com)

A great vase that's sure to draw attention. (anthropologie.com)

15 A great vase that's sure to draw attention. (anthropologie.com)

The print on this pillow looks like an abstract forrest. The contrast is great between the shades of coral and seafoam green. (pineconehill.com)

16 The print on this pillow looks like an abstract forrest. The contrast is great between the shades of coral and seafoam green. (pineconehill.com)

The stripes on this pillow would be great in a nautical setting. Perhaps on the couch at your beach home, or even on a deck for lounging. (pineconehill.com)

17 The stripes on this pillow would be great in a nautical setting. Perhaps on the couch at your beach home, or even on a deck for lounging. (pineconehill.com)

The Moroccan-inspired motif is grounded in soothing shades of blue and tan. (laylagrace.com)

18 The Moroccan-inspired motif is grounded in soothing shades of blue and tan. (laylagrace.com)

A great combination of blue and yellow that will leave your  bedroom looking light and airy. (macys.com)

19 A great combination of blue and yellow that will leave your bedroom looking light and airy. (macys.com)

Here's to a wondefulsummer season!

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