Inspired by... the marine environment of a coral colony’s natural reef habitat, which shelters a diverse population of colourful sea life, this vivid palette is awash with vibrant, healthful hues of sea blue, sandy yellow, seaweed green, and a swathe of colours found among the plants, fish and organisms in the deep sea.
Get the look... with a statement item, such as a coral-coloured sofa or bed, complemented with accessories in the shades detailed on the right side of the picture above. Sedar has created a wonderful statement living room that draws upon this palette, with a vibrant sofa pivotal to the scheme, backed by the colours of the reef – tropical ocean blues and yellow sea sponges.
Team with... natural materials like wood and an abundance of plants for a look that is alive, energised and flowing with good vibes. As seen here, the wood panelled wall and slanted wooden legs of the sofa add a mid-century modern look that continues to be popular in contemporary interior styling.
Pantone picked... Living Coral as its colour of the year for its life-affirming qualities and playful nature. Like the vibrant shade, floral patterns are joyful, enriching and naturally uplifting.
Take inspiration from... Braquenie’s eclectic 2019 Comptoirs d’Orient collection for Pierre Frey, (pictured), which layers bountiful florals in a palette of corals, salmon pinks and burnt oranges, complemented with bold splashes of clashing lime and teal.
This look celebrates... the qualities of Pantone’s hero colour, flaunting a lively, energising presence with such a maximalist approach to decorating. It’s a brave direction to take and works equally as well in smaller, less frequented rooms like a cloakroom, if the look doesn’t appeal for larger spaces like the living room or bedroom, where one may prefer a more relaxing aesthetic.
The synchronicity of... warm and cool tones creates a crisp, fresh look that is invigorating, however, it is important to have an equal amount of both. Match warm tones of soft coral, pink and grey with cooler shades of pale blue, mint green, silver and white hues in order to achieve a balanced ambience.
Qualities of coral include... lighthearted social activity, optimism and comfort, which inspires this palette of lively coral pink at the centre of an otherwise soft scheme.
Take inspiration from... this beautiful home, (pictured), styled with Harlequin curtains and cushions, layered against a backdrop of white and grey with minty hues overlaid with accents of coral, salmon and red.
The Perfect Pairing
Grey and coral are... a match made in heaven. Keeping the range of colours to a minimum in this grouping allows for the layering of textures and subtle shade variations.
More subtle than... the other palettes, this grouping was inspired by a softer, pastel coral shade that combines well with dewy beige, honey complexions and downy greys.
Complement with... gradients of grey, wood or brass (seen above), surrounding the bolder coral colour, which works well whether you have a contemporary or a traditional look in your living room. Both armchairs (pictured) have a delicate chevron pattern in the upholstery which softens the coral colour block and adds a fashionable edge to the design.
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