Summer Color Scheme Ideas From Around Des Moines

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Whether you’re painting your walls or updating your home décor, picking a color scheme is the place to start. It’s also a great way to avoid clashing colors in any room.

Right now, summer’s vibrant hues are in season, and we’re finding color inspiration all over our locale. Below, you’ll find color combinations based on a few of our favorite Des Moines sights. Give your home some pick-me-up with these fun palettes!

Looking for more color ideas? Explore our 2016 Pantone color series and check back soon to find home décor ideas from Pantone’s fall color palette.

Center Street Bridge Color Palette

Color Scheme: Iowa fields | Kiwi | Morning Fog | Powder blue | Summer skies

Our first color palette is inspired by the iconic Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge on The Principal Riverwalk. This suspension bridge separates in the middle with two pathways where you can peer down at the Des Moines River rushing by below. The bridge’s clean hue contrasts against the rich blue sky and surrounding greenery, making it an undisputed focal point downtown.

To showcase this color scheme, we featured a chic gray lamp that shares the bridge’s off-white hues. We accessorized with a grassy-green pouf and sky-blue mirror that perfectly compliment the crisp white bed.

Street Art Color Palette

Color Scheme: Concrete gray | Parakeet green | Lime | Berry blush | Dragon fruit

Where can you find the best street art in Des Moines? The East Village, of course! This vibrant color palette was inspired by Patrick Faris’ “Garden of Blessings” mural. Located at 412 E 5th St., his display is bursting with color combinations that enliven an otherwise plain brick alley.

We found inspiration from this bright mural when choosing the following furniture. The rug entwines pops of color with distressed beige and brick hues. We also added a concrete gray accent chair that will match whichever accent colors you choose to decorate with, like a lime green side table or dragon fruit table lamp.

Sculpture Park Color Palette

Color Scheme: Candy rose | Caribbean waves | Green apple | Sunflower | Tiger orange

The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park is a Des Moines must-see. And the most colorful sculpture there is the ‘panoramic awareness pavilion,’ by artist Olafur Eliasson. You’ll find yourself entranced by panes of partially silvered glass, which light up in a brilliant rainbow at night. Eliasson’s vibrant piece is the perfect inspiration for a bright summer color scheme.

Add vibrant energy to your home with our ‘panoramic awareness pavilion’ color scheme. We went bold with a tiger orange sofa and candy rose accent chair, complimented by a colorful wall clock. To tie it all together, we accessorized with an abstract rainbow rug that incorporates every hue in our striking palette.


What’s your favorite color scheme in your home? We’d love to hear about it in a comment below or share photos of your space with us on social media! And make sure you check out our Best Room Colors post for even more color ideas.

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