The color coral is one of those beautiful hues that surprisingly works with a broad range of decorating styles. The shade, which has undertones of orange, ranges from soft pink to vibrant red. It is the ideal choice if you are looking to add comfort and warmth to any room, whether its traditional or contemporary. Coral is also one of those seasonless shades. While it can make any space feel instantly cozier in winter—it can also spice up a deck or porch in summer. To colorfully prove our point, here are different ways to add this lively color to your home.
#1. Coral Feature Wall Warms up a Pale Neutral Bedroom
Sometimes the easiest way to add color to a neutral space is with a bold feature wall, as shown in the home of decor blogger KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farms. There is no doubt that she has a fantastic eye for combing colors with touchable textures. Here the shade instantly elevates a raised harlequin wall designed from wood slats. The coral paint color also lends a warm touch to the pale and neutral color scheme making it feel more relaxing. Adding decorative accessories that pick up the wall’s color creates a strong sense of cohesion.
#2. Consider Coral Furniture for a Pop of Color
A couple of pieces of decor in coral can add a significant wow factor to any space. Here interior designer Rachel Cannon tops of this fashion-forward bedroom with two coral nightstands. Note how this one pops against the periwinkle drapery. Enhancing the room’s luxurious look are the gold accents on the dresser and bed. Gold and coral are a pitch-perfect combination that always looks insanely chic.
#3. Pinky Shades of Coral are Ideal for Bedrooms
A pale, pinky shade of coral is perfect for bedroom walls. Here interior designer Rachel Cannon covers all four walls with the delightful hue. The stools at the foot of the bed mirror the color shown on the walls. Standing front and center is the bed covered in soothing shades of cream, coral, and green. Lighter shades of coral can look quite striking when paired with a reddish wood tone, as shown with the carved panel on the left.
#4. Enliven a Modern Farmhouse Bathroom With a Coral Bath Fixture
A vintage clawfoot tub painted coral lights up this rustic bathroom by Siren Betty Design. The unique fixture was salvaged from an old farmhouse and required complete refinishing before installing. The tub’s rosy hue is a delicate contrast to the bathroom’s exposed brick walls and blue-gray wainscotting.
#5. Coral Red Accent Chairs Spice up This Bedroom
Nothing infuses a space with distinctive color like a couple of coral red accents, as seen in this bedroom by Siren Betty Designs. These matching midcentury chairs were reupholstered in a dark coral tweed, which picks up on some of the tones spotted in the room’s vintage rug. A woven blanket in a paler shade of coral adds color to the white bedding. Sealing the deal on this room’s sophisticated look is the navy blue wall, which beautifully offsets all of the coral elements.
#6. Punch Up Your Porch With Coral Accents
We like to think of decorative accessories like jewelry that finishes off a polished look. Ariel Richardson, interior designer and founder of ASR Design uses a coral throw to set the stage for this outdoor space. Next, she livened things up with pretty patterned pillows that picked up on the coral color. The finished result is a sophisticated space that feels both inviting and relaxing. It is important to note that when decorating with bright colors, it is a good idea to keep the bright colors for the accents and everything else like furniture in neutral colors that blend into the background.
#7. Coral is the Perfect Color for Creating a Coastal Vibe
Coral is a bright and uplifting color making it a perfect starting point for vibrant living room like this, for instance, by interior designer Betsy Helmuth. The pops of coral shown throughout the room from the rug to table lamps give the space a coastal beachy feeling. White walls and natural wood accents help to balance the room’s pastel inspired color scheme.
#8. How to Layer Different Patterns
#9. Coral Brightens Up a Mostly White Space
Coral is the perfect accent color for a gray, navy, white, yellow, or blue color scheme. Here the shade instantly elevates a mostly white space by KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farms.
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Article Written By: Deirdre Sullivan, Updated in The Spruce 2/22/23