Here we are in June 2016 and the Sherwin-Williams Color of the Month is Limón Fresco! Limón Fresco is a newer color that SW has recently released and I’ll be honest, I had a tiny panic attack when I found out the COTM was a bright lime/lemon color. “What in the world am I going to do with another bright and saturated color,” I thought.
Well, it actually ended up being a unique design challenge to pair up Limón Fresco with monochromatic, analogous, triad and complementary color schemes and to think outside the box with how to use the it on the walls and trim. It was fun and I hope you feel as inspired as I did with with the results!
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Limón Fresco with Urbane Bronze
First, for a complementary color scheme, I put together Limón Fresco and Urbane Bronze. I have been wanting to try out Urbane Bronze for awhile after seeing some visuals recently. It did not disappoint. On a whim, we started painting our front door the same color! I must give credit to my husband, who inspired me to try out a fun and interesting stripe detail on the wall. By using a more neutral color, like Urbane Bronze (below chair rail and stripes) with Limón Fresco (on the wall above chair rail), it helped to tone it down the brightness.
Limón Fresco with Stay in Lime
I got a bit daring and matched up 2 brights: Limón Fresco and Stay in Lime for the analogous scheme. It made sense to do a kid’s room since both colors are pretty saturated. I staged it as a boy’s room, but the colors could also work in a playroom. The trim is a soft black (Caviar, actually) and works well to contrast and pop against the lime colors.
Limón Fresco with Grand Canal
Since I had already used Limón Fresco on the walls of the other schemes, I wanted to try something different for the triad color scheme incorporating Grand Canal (which is a truly gorgeous teal-blue color!). I had seen a few pictures of a room with neon yellow on the trim with white walls and decided to try it out. So, Limón Fresco was painted on the trim and Extra White as the main wall color. Moral of the story: don’t be afraid to get creative with color and use it in ways that are outside the box…most likely you will be pleasantly surprised by how it looks!
Limón Fresco with Springtime
This last set up for the monochromatic scheme ended up being my favorite. I got my inspiration from a canvas that I painted in our home. I painted the entire canvas white (it was previously another custom painting that I made), used painters tape to make some abstract lines across it, spray painted silver over it and then peeled off the tape. I used the same concept for the wall painting Limón Fresco first and then taping up abstract vertical lines. Last, I painted Springtime (a lovely soft yellow-lime color) over the Limón Fresco and peeled back the tape to reveal a beautiful contrasting stripe detail! I felt like it worked perfect as a sweet modern baby nursery (especially with the pastel-like Springtime color), but it could also be done in practically any room in the house as an accent wall.
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Overall, after having some initial angst over what to do to showcase this color, I was super pleased with the results. I am so thankful that I didn’t play it safe and decided to incorporate some new stripe and trim ideas to inspire those wanting to try something different in their home! If I had to sum up my thoughts on Limón Fresco, it would be: fun and bright. So, go for it, try some Limón Fresco and jazz up your home! For a more detailed how-to on using painter’s tape for a stripe detail, check it out HERE.