The colour coral brings warmth, femininity and vitality to a room and makes it feel cosy, intimate, inviting and cheery. It's a suitable colour for any room and works well with many decorating styles and themes. Coral provides richness and colour to a room without overwhelming it, making it a good paint choice for walls. It's also a common colour in upholstery and accent pieces and mixes well with many colour schemes. Bring colour into your home by decorating with the colour coral.
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Things you need
- Dust sheet
- Themed accents
- Themed furniture
- Themed window treatments
- Fish tank and accessories
- Fake greenery, flowers and plants
- Real greenery, flowers and plants
- Indoor fountain
- Dried flowers and materials
- Holiday decorations
Use the colour coral in an ocean, beach or tropical-themed room, either as the main colour or as an accent. Combine with sea-foam green, tan, sand, beige and sky blue to create a soft look or use turquoise, yellow, orange and red for a sunny look.
Fill the room with wicker furniture. Look for cushions, pillows and throws with tropical floral prints.
Accent with lighthouse decor, shells, bamboo shades and tropical silk flowers. Add palms, ferns and greenery.
Paint a coral reef mural on a wall or set up a live fish tank to complete the ocean feel.
Create a cottage theme around the colour coral. Combine coral-coloured flowers, fruits and vegetables with shades of blue, yellow, orange, white, pink and red.
Paint the walls coral and trim in white.
Decorate with chintz fabrics and wicker and shabby chic furniture.
Accent with floral pillows, doilies, quilts, decorative mirrors, birdhouses and greenery. Add white shutters to windows.
Paint a garden mural or trompe l'oeil on one wall, or stencil a floral pattern along the ceiling.
Look toward the Southwest for inspiration. Combine the muted shades of the Painted Desert, such as coral, pink yellow, blue, sand, tan and cream for a soft look, or use the vibrant, rich tones of the Southwest, such as deep coral, turquoise, orange, terracotta and chilli pepper red. Mix and match for a more dramatic look.
Bring in pine or rustic furniture.
Accessorise with pottery, baskets, Mexican tile, ranch items and Southwest rugs and throws.
Add cacti and other succulents for greenery.
Add drama to a coral room by pairing it with black. Paint the room a deep coral and highlight it by adding black furniture, vases and lamps.
Accent with red, teal, blue, green, yellow and orange pillows, throws and artwork.
Incorporate one or two pieces of natural or stained wood in the room to give it warmth.
Highlight and brighten the coloured accessories by painting the trim or ceiling white.
Modernise a coral room by adding black or dark brown accents and furniture. Black and brown ground a brightly coloured room, while adding depth, drama and sophistication.
Accent with colourful contemporary paintings, prints, vases, sculptures and other artwork.
Keep the room simple and uncluttered to keep with the contemporary theme.
For a little less drama, paint three of the walls and the surrounding trim white or beige.
Decorate a teen girl's room with coral, apricot, melon, salmon, peach and multiple shades of pink. Combining coral related colours, colours that are close-by on the colour wheel, will give the room a bright, exciting, funky and feminine feel.
Add touches of orange, hot pink and red for more pizazz.
Finish the look with a lava lamp and other decorative lighting.
Combine the colour coral with shades of brown, green and yellow for a soft earthy look. Paint the ceiling a sky blue.
Bring in casual, rustic wood furniture.
Accent with nature prints, baskets, pottery and a multitude of greenery.
Create tabletops with pinecones, nuts, twigs and dried flowers.
Buy an indoor fountain.
Tips and warnings
- Paint trim and ceiling white to give coral a fresh look.
- Paint coral on all four walls to warm a room.
- Adding jewel-toned colours to coral will add richness and warmth to a room. Using pale or muted tones adds softness and gives the room a light, springlike feel.
- Teal is opposite of coral on the colour wheel. Pair teal with coral for the greatest impact.
- Use coral in the dining room and kitchen. The colour coral stimulates the appetite, especially when combined with red, yellow and orange.
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