Two Design Trends: Citrus Crush & Blue Lagoon


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


  • Reply Danette March 27, 2013 at 12:34 am

    I love them both! How could a person decide?

  • Reply Sarah March 27, 2013 at 12:41 am

    This is amaaazing…I cannot even choose between citrus crush and blue

  • Reply Judith March 27, 2013 at 1:00 am

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

  • Reply Chantelle March 27, 2013 at 1:27 am

    I love them both, but I wish I could live in Blue Lagoon. So serene and peaceful!

  • Reply susan March 27, 2013 at 1:50 am

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

  • Reply tim@designmaze March 27, 2013 at 5:23 am

    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!

  • Reply Preciously Me March 27, 2013 at 7:50 am

    For me the citrus crush! So fresh and colorful, perfect in spring and summer!
    And the watermeon pink is so beautiful β™₯

  • Reply mel March 27, 2013 at 9:31 am

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

  • Reply Ice Beautiful March 27, 2013 at 10:08 am

    There is never enough of blue! Love the lagoon look!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar March 27, 2013 at 10:14 am

      @Ice Beautiful – Blue has long been a favourite of mine so I’m right there with you on that sentiment!

  • Reply Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets March 27, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Love the dip-dyed lazure style wall paint!!

  • Reply Dom March 27, 2013 at 10:58 am

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


  • Reply Dom March 27, 2013 at 11:00 am

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


  • Reply Lizzie Owen (@mim_tweeta) March 27, 2013 at 11:38 am

    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

  • Reply jo March 27, 2013 at 11:44 am

    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

  • Reply Mikky March 27, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Such fun accessories and I love the wall colours. Especially the blue tie dye wall.


  • Reply Carla Coulson March 28, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Some gorgeous inspiration here Will such a summer feel West Elm has some beautiful stuff xx Carla

  • Reply latteLisa March 28, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    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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