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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Splashes of Coral!

Coral is one of our favorite colors! Yes, the coral plant (or animal?) itself has become a bit ubiquitous over the past few seasons, but our love for that perfect orangey pink is still strong. Whether a room features coral as the main color or just a splash here or there, it is such a warm and lively color that really works, regardless of your style.
We love coral and turquoise together. The gorgeous screen, upholstered ottoman, fabulous drapes, and requisite Cabinet of Natural Curiosities- this room is gorgeous!
Ruthie does it again! We have mixed feelings about accent walls in general, but we love this one! Once again, the coral and turquoise combo looks fab, and we love the perfectly mismatched art arrangements. Ruthie Sommers We fell in love with this room when we first saw it in a decor mag a few years ago. The coral upholstered ottoman-turned-coffee-table is fabulous, as is the pair of modern green slipper chairs.
Ruthie Sommers Coral is such a versatile color. Check out this Miles Redd room for a more subversive side of coral. Coral makes that masked bandit (at least that is what we see in this painting) alot less scary.
Miles Redd
From the Williams Sonoma Home spring catalog... The rug plus the chair plus the accent pillow plus the grasscloth walls plus the seashell prints is a bit much together. But any of these elements alone would be totally fab. And we think the walls are our favorite. W-S Home Turquoise and coral yet again! This room is amazing. The coral armchair provides the perfect warm accent for this room. And I bet no one else has an oil family portrait on a lacquered turquoise wall.
Melissa Rufty How gorgeous is this entryway in the home of a MoS family friend?! The coral Christopher Spitzmiller lamps, Cararra marble floors, the modern twist on traditional damask and bolster pillows, we absolutely love it!
And the dining room in that same house. This picture doesn't do it justice. The coral silk drapes have a mirrored cornice at the top, and the wallpaper is pink and green damask. The room is so fresh and modern.
Nancy Taylor Lynch
The perfect beach house that isn't too obnoxiously beachy. And the art totally reminds us of the Rothko painting as seen on an episode of Season 3 Mad Men.
Lynn Morgan
While a bit unexpected, coral can definitely be used for a more masculine look. We probably wouldn't have done a cheetah rug with a cheetah throw with a mink blanket, but we do like think he did a good job adding some masculine elements to this room without it being too obnoxiously "man."
Kenneth Brown This Kelly Wearstler room is absolutely amazing. She designed this room for a young girl, but I can think of an adult or two who would love this room! That coral lacquered armoire is to die for!
Kelly Wearstler The varying shades of color really look pretty in this master bedroom. We love the tufted headboard, matching bedskirt, and coral walls. The faded cheetah rug sets such a gorgeous stage for this room.
Jennifer Flanders
Coral accents do such a great job warming up this cool blue living room. It is just gorgeous, and we love the idea of having two seating areas.
House Beautiful
This entryway is absolutely stunning. From the coral walls and accent chairs to the zebra rug to the gold chippendale mirror, it is perfect. And coral pairs so perfectly with the blue and white ginger jars.
We just love this Amanda Nisbet den. The built-in bookshelves create such a cozy feeling around the sofa, and the coral wall really stands out. It's perfect!
Amanda Nisbet Do you share our love for coral the color? Do you prefer a pinker shade or a more orangey hue?


Anonymous said...

I'd love advice on using a coral color (not too pink, but not too dark) in a (non-beachy) bedroom. I love the color but am afraid it's going to be too bold in a smaller room and that I'll be tired of it in 6mo. Maybe wall moldings would help break it up?

Any advice would help - at this rate the painters are just going to paint the place white!

The Consummate Hostess said...

Love, love, love this post! I really adore the Ruthie Sommers room, so cozy and inviting. Great post gals!

Seagrass and Sunsets said...

I love this post on coral. I was just thinking of doing one myself, but you beat me to it. Love the rooms you chose to highlight!

Lauren said...

Turquoise and coral is probably my favorite color scheme. That's how my living room is done currently and I just love the combination!

Julie said...

Love this post! Well done as always, girls!

Matters of Style said...

Anon- I love the combo of turquoise and coral, like Lauren mentioned. It is so timeless. Maybe try something along the lines of that Kelly Wearstler room? I think it's perfect for a bedroom- not beachy but bright and cozy. Do you have alot of natural light in your room? I think that makes a huge difference in what shade of coral you decide to get.

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