5 Creative Ways to Decorate with Coral
Turn Up the Heat
Wood floors and an all-white backdrop gave this Florida shack a clean slate for designer and homeowner Lora Kennedy. To pump up the palette, Kennedy chose a bright coral range from and pendants in the same glossy shade. Green stools soften the electric shade and connect the whole palette to nature. “When the sun sets, the green of the Gulf hits the orange sky, and the view really connects with the house,” says architect Jody Beck.
Mix Things Up
While some shades of coral are made to turn heads, others are softer and more soothing. In this Long Beach Island, New Jersey, bedroom, both varieties play well together, with a more subtle striped Rebecca Atwood wallpaper providing a backdrop to bolder Duralee fabric on the draperies and box spring. Natural textures, like a rattan bed from Anthropologie and woven rug, keep the combo feeling casual and beachy.
Make a Bold Entrance
Giving a front door a splash of color is one of the easiest ways to add some pop to your living spaces, but designer Amanda Lindroth went a step further in this Lyford Cay, Bahamas home: “The trim in the entry is borderline neon, and even I was surprised that it worked,” says Lindroth. “But everyone loved it, so we rolled with it.” A neutral grasscloth wallpaper allows the bold coral to really shine, while a classic coastal green shade on the door’s front side complements the color.
Bring in Support
Coral can be the main attraction or simply one ingredient in a carefully curated collection. In this Bahamas living room, the latter is true. Grasscloth wallpaper, a gallery wall of fish prints, large-leaf tropical greens, and mirrored screens provide plenty of interest to the back wall, while the coral lampshades bring in just the right amount of color pop.
Play Up Pattern
Give coral the spotlight in a kitchen by cladding the backsplash and flooring in an artistic two-toned tile. White cabinetry breaks up the pattern and keeps it from overtaking the space, while a mint green fridge adds just the right amount of contrast.