A rich purple looks bright and fresh when paired with cream and patterned pillows in this bedroom space. (Photo: Scott Gabriel Morris/Handout/TNS).

When you think of summer, perhaps specific colors and color combinations come to mind. But what if you are tired of the same look and are in need of a color recharge?

These days, designers often use unexpected and out-of-the-box color combinations, allowing for more creative options. Here are some color tips to help bring brightness and warmth into your space.

The power of pastels
Muted tones such as pale pink, soft yellow and muted blue help create a soft color palette perfect for summer.

Turquoise has the ability to be both cool and warm. This rich color will quickly help to liven up a space.

Aubergine and purple
These eggplant deep colors are often associated with winter, but paired with the accent colors they can invigorate and liven up a space.

Mauve and black
This color combination was so popular during the 1980s. Today, instead of looking dated and tired, the combination can look modern and fresh, especially paired with soft neutral tones like cream and white.

Red and orange
When you think of these colors you may think of fall, but they can be just as fun for summer. Looking for some contrast colors? Consider pairing with a lime or deep mustard yellow.

By Cathy Hobbs, Tribune News Service (TNS). Cathy, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at [email protected] or visit her website at cathyhobbs.com.