Oranges, Pinks, Corals, and More: Get On This Paint Color Trend
The Inspiration: Granita
These soft hues are as refreshing as their Italian ice dessert namesake. "Sorbets are soft enough to blend with bold hues. Or use several in a monochromatic palette," designer Tineke Triggs says. The key to not going too sappy? Bring in bold complementary shades. Pair with a turquoise blue or stronger oranges and pinks with the same undertones for a vibrant yet livable palette.
The Inspiration: Coral Reef
Coral is having a well-deserved moment in the sun. Named Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year, this spirited hue straddles the line between pink and orange and warms everything it touches with its inherent optimism. Use it to infuse a space with joy and enthusiasm.
Colors from top to bottom:
- Coral Spice, Benjamin Moore
- Emotional, Sherwin-Williams
- Pink Mimosa, Behr
- Coral Reef, Portola
- Cranapple, Glidden
The Inspiration: Blush
Blush is meant to flatter your face, and colors inspired by the makeup-bag staple can do the same for your walls. Look for great combos to hit the right note with these pinky shades. "Ground bold coral with black and white. Pair pink with a classic gray for a sophisticated look," says Nicole White Quinn, a Miami designer.
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The Inspiration: Mangoes
Whether they're energetic orange or subtle pink, mangoes offer plenty of color inspiration and are perfect for adding warmth and energy to a space. "These shades bring such warmth to a space, and it can be fun to just saturate the room with an orange glow. Layer in yellows and golds, copper and brass, and rich dark woods," color and pattern expert Khristian A. Howell says.
The Inspiration: Persimmons
These fall-inspired oranges can look great any time of year. How do you build a palette around these spicy shades? "To create a larger color story, use multiple tones of persimmon rather than one specific shade. Mixing deeper and lighter shades tones down the individual shades and makes it easier for the eye to understand the palette as a whole," designer Emily Henderson says.
The Inspiration: Spring Blooms
These popular shades also make a showing in spring, as budding cherry blossom and magnolia trees herald the end of winter. And the hues can have a surprisingly sophisticated and energizing effect in your decor. "The pairing is what gives pink its energy," designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey says. "An all-pink room will start to feel tired very quickly." Her current fave is a neighboring hue: cantaloupe.
The Inspiration: Squash Blossoms
If you think orange only has a bright side, think again. As these squash blossom-inspired hues prove, orange can take on a subtle vibe. To use orange as an enveloping room color, designer Asler Valero prefers the creamier shades that border yellow. "These lighter colors are refined, classic, and livable," he says. But don't let orange stray too far and wash out. "Avoid light yellow," he says. "It disappears. The best shades are vivid and earthy and influenced by browns."