Inspired by long bike rides, green grass, and blue skies, our Summer 2013 Color Trends color palette embraces the vibrancy of THRIVE .06 and pairs it with complimentary hues DREAM .02, IMAGINE .02, and STONE .07 for a contemporary palette with a hint of vintage.

Bright + Breezy- this is the perfect summer cottage color scheme. Classic white and blue are made modern with hits of bright green and then grounded in grey. These typically more elegant hues take on a casual feel when paired with natural materials like wood and stone. When you view these colors together as a group, you can almost smell the ocean air, see the dock down to the boats, feel the breeze in your hair. Summer!

Carve out sleeping nooks and reading alcoves with darker colors like STONE .07.

Against wood walls in a cabin, try using color on the trim to create a cheerful, whimsical space.

Spots of more saturated hues like THRIVE .06 create a coloristic surprises in small spaces like bathrooms and entries.

One of our favorite cottages is the Tiny House by Portland, Oregon designer Jessica Helgersen. You can see her IMAGINE .02 kitchen above. This 540 sq ft home sits on a five-acre property on Sauvie Island, an agricultural island 15 minutes north of Portland, and was remodeled using nearly exclusively reclaimed materials. See how Jessica uses white as the backdrop throughout – keeping the space feeling light and bright – and incorporates color accents through furniture, artwork, and textiles:

In the spirit of summer, enter to win 2 gal of YOLO Colorhouse paint in the color of your choice and a bike helmet from Nutcase!