Not quite orange and not quite pink, coral is one of those nebulous colors that comes in and out of style. In the 80s and 90s, it was probably best described as peach – my fourth grade teacher was famously obsessed with peach and had everything including her house and her car painted in her signature shade. One of the big trends I happily saw at High Point was this fabulously fun color popping up on everything from upholstery to rugs to lamps. So I started to pin some color palette inspiration, starting with the perfect pairing of coral and emerald green inspired by none other than the Beverly Hills Hotel. Arguably the most iconic hotel on the West Coast, its fame is partly due to its coral color scheme that coats everything from the exterior facade to the bedrooms.
I love the modern interpretation of their palm frond wallpaper in the bar scene below.
You can’t help but be happy when surrounded with this tropical color scheme.
And how beautiful is it on this building I passed by in Grand Cayman?
In real life, you don’t have to go quite so over the top if you’re a little nervous about committing to color. Coral is soft and feminine all while adding a sophisticated calm to a space. Test it out in small batches by adding a few throw pillows or some abstract art.
In both of these bedrooms (Tobi Fairley above and BHG below) it’s softened a bit and it acts as a background to the more saturated emerald green and overall visual grounding of white. Don’t feel like you have to stick with the exact same shade in a room; experiment with varying tones to bring depth and dimension. And choose a contrasting neutral, whether it be white or black to give your eye a break.
Why not try a punchy coral front door flanked by a couple of palms?
But in the go-big-or-go-home category, check out this gorgeous coral watercolor wallpaper by Black Crow Studios. This potentially could have been majorly overwhelming to a room, but it’s tempered with the white wainscoting, ceiling treatment, and contrasting chartreuse bed.
I can’t wait to experiment with this color more! Will you be decorating with coral?