It’s no secret that I drop my paint brushes the moment I hear of a new collection over at West Elm, but their latest offering for spring/summer 2013 knocks those brushes outta the park! I’ve pulled together my favourites into two key looks – Citrus Crush and Blue Lagoon. The first is a riot of sun-soaked brights that centre around a delicious watermelon pink that spells out summer so clearly, making it the ideal hero hue to ground the look. There are various ways to work the Citrus Crush into a scheme: pair it with sunshine yellow and tomato red accents for an exotic feel, or tame the look with grey tones for a calmer, more sophisticated take on the look. The second look, Blue Lagoon, is a lesson in how to rock the ever-present nautical trend for spring/summer. Agreed, a maritime theme for the season is nothing new, but with timely tweaks the look can feel as fresh as the sea’s breeze on a barmy summer evening. Consider painting your walls in a distressed ombre effect as this will nod to the market trend for weathered interiors with industrial elements. This look resonates with my current longing for an exotic Mediterranean escape to inspire my senses; I close my eyes and imagine hearing the gentle sound of waves lapping against the rocks and seeing the turquoise glint of the sea as the sun beats down from above. Which of these two looks are inspiring you, folks?

// Photography by West Elm


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Watermelon all the way! I can’t wait for summer (or spring so to speak!). So refreshing 🙂

  2. West Elm is always inspiring, and I often specify their products for clients….blue lagoon is my pic. Those lanterns, ooh!

  3. fun fun fun!! I just love both looks. I would probably go for blue lagoon for myself but would love to try the citrus crush at a project! These folks at west elm I am telling you … just can’t get enough out it!

    Oh and I am will on the hunt for the West Elm catalog you contributed to! Wish me luck checking out West Elm again this weekend!

  4. Oh I’m definitely going for citrus crush! Superb colour descriptions Will! Love the top image from the catalogue with the geometric tiles. Mel

  5. totally loving the brights! That watermelon pink is my absolute favourite colour at the moment!! <3<3


  6. P.S. Only just discovered your blog and I can’t get enough! I’m going pin crazy right now!
    Thanks for your awesomeness!! 😀 😀


  7. Did you read my mind? SUCH a strong trend and a classic one with the indigo – lets hope so anyway, as I’ve booked the decorator and off to the paint shop as we speak – thank you again for more lovely inspiration. Can’t WAIT for your book launch xxx

  8. I really love the zingy Citrus crush shades. I would probs go for a slightly more muted shade of watermelon myself but I love the sense of summer it brings.
    Jo x

  9. I have a major watermelon pink crush. That colour … oh my.

    Thanks for sharing the collection with us. Everything looks just spring/summer fantastic.

    I want it all! … Greedy much?!!

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.