Color Your Spring with Sophisticated Coral

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Nothing like a little warmer weather to get us in the mood for brighter fashion and color trends. We are ready to brighten our days with Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year pick: Coral Reef 6606. Now we have blogged about coral before as a favorite for Spring, but what I love this year is how sophisticated the color is for home décor. Coral actually grows up and becomes pretty sophisticated when paired with warm neutrals, navy,  and lighter wood tones. Even looking pretty hot when united with black and white accents. The biggest trends I am seeing is either mixing coral with bold neutrals, graphic florals, or muted down blush shades.


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To give us a little more perspective,  I invited our Sherwin Williams color expert and account executive, Rebecca Luckhardt, to give us her thoughts on this peppy shade.

With its easy balance between peach and pink, warmer thoughts of sunsets on the beach, blooming flowers, and flattering cosmetic tones make this color a source of inspiration for a place of happiness. However, initially feeling a bit of commitment phobia when the color was announced mid-January. Can I really incorporate such a feminine and flirty palette into my décor? The answer is YES! Don’t forget the 60/30/10 rule in color, which makes it easy to swap out that 10% accent color annually, or even seasonally to keep your home and wardrobe fashion forward and fun.

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Fun with Fashion 

So, my flirty little love affair with Coral Reef began with a few accessories; a pale, petal-like scarf to compliment my teal wool jacket, a bright coral wallet and chevron patterned phone cover to make these items easy to spot in my vastly bottomless bag. And if I were to really splurge, I’d be sporting lip color by Tom Ford in True Coral that Real Simple magazine assures me is the favored by beauty editors everywhere.  I am lucky enough to have the right skin tone for coral shades and so when I do look to my closet, several blush toned blouses, a flamingo spiked blazer, and even a pair of coral crop pants are already waiting for me. So now that the fashion part of the trend covered, I’m finding ways to bring the cheerful color in to my décor. So fun to mix with graphic floral patterns for Spring.

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No Color Palette for the Home is Complete Without Coral Reef

I lucked out with how easily Coral Reef integrated with my existing color palette in the home. Swapping the out the pillows on my wicker settee for coral and aqua was fun, painting the small side accent table was a quick weekend project, and changing out the area rug for a lighter (both in coloration and material) were easy ways for me to transform the space to spring and introduce this lovely shade. For my living room, a darker, moodier shade between charcoal and navy, Grays Harbor SW 6236 sets the tone for my TV binge watching. Adding coral and mixed with  a grounding neutral, woven linens and textures, and classic navy, greys, blacks, and whites incorporates this color easily into the home.

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Spring Flings

As spring cleaning strikes you with warmer weather, here are some additional ways to flush out your Coral beauty with some quick paint tips.

  • Use a moisture resistant paint, like Resilience, to paint the front door of your home in a gloss finish.  (see front door post) No matter the weather forecast (cold, wet, humid) it will dry evenly while the higher gloss finish provides a protective barrier to the sun and ensures the color will lasts.  What a cheerful welcome to come home to.
  • Move your furniture, clean, and paint. Spring is the time to open the windows and let the cleansing sunshine in. For me that means cleaning under the sofas, flipping the mattress, and taking down all the window sheers and blinds for a good vacuuming. With all of this moving furniture and freeing up walls – it’s the perfect time to paint. Tape off stripes or create color block that add geometry, Consider a floral accent with textiles or wallcovering for romantic drama. Or hand stencil some wisps of color to dress drawer fronts and add some whimsical knobs. Even if you aren’t a DIY person, there are many creative spirits between Esty and Pinterest who can inspire.
  • Pop in peekaboo color in your bookcases and cupboards. It is inspiring to see rich color or funky patterns used in an unexpected places like behind a vanity mirror, lining the inside of  silverware drawer, or inside a hall coat closet.

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For more inspiration on Sherwin-Williams’ 2015 Color of the Year click here

Rebecca Luckhardt, Sherwin-Williams Designer Account Executive, has a degree and background in residential interior design, is an avid traveler with an occasional blog, hosts Sherwin-Williams color seminars for designers, and has a ceaseless passion for the craft of color. 

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