When Pantone declared Living Coral as its Color of the Year for 2019, we were overjoyed. Not only is coral a vibrant, playful, happy color, it's also surprisingly versatile—and in our opinion, underutilized. Many home decorators shy away from bold, bright colors because they can be intimidating, but we're confident that you'll love decorating with coral in nearly every room in your house.
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Decorating With Coral
Whether you want to add a splash of color with an upgraded vanity, as seen in this bathroom from Bradshaw Designs, or you are ready to transform a whole room, we've rounded up our favorite coral rooms for inspiration.Continue to 2 of 18 below.
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A Bold Accent Wall
This coral bedroom from Thistlewood Farms is the perfect mix of sophisticated and fun. Adding an accent wall to your bedroom is an easy way to create a focal point and establish a cohesive color palette. Try adding a coral accent wall to a guest room, a kid's bedroom, or even your primary bedroom for a happy pop of color.
About This Term: Primary Bedroom
Many real estate associations, including the National Association of Home Builders, have classified the term "Master Bedroom" (or "Master Bathroom") as discriminatory. "Primary Bedroom" is the name now widely used among the real estate community and better reflects the purpose of the room.
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Create a Coral Focal Point
This living space from Vintage Revivals is stunning with or without the bold stripe of coral paint, but the pop of color takes the room to the next level. If you aren't ready for an entirely coral wall, try painting a stripe of the color behind your couch or in your dining room to create a focal point that doubles as artwork.Continue to 5 of 18 below.
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Curate a Color Palette With Accessories
If you're a decorator that likes changing up your space frequently, consider transforming your room with accessories instead of paint. This bedroom from New Darlings still offers the same sunny coral vibe but does it with bold bedding instead of paint. A large abstract piece of art or new throw pillows can create the same effect throughout your house.Continue to 6 of 18 below.
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Upgrade Your Kitchen Cabinets
Painting your kitchen cabinets can be a fun way to transform your kitchen without a full renovation. We love this adorable kitchen from leelacyd because it provides a fun punch of color while still coming across as mature and sophisticated. When painting your kitchen cabinets, it's okay to mismatch the top and bottom set, as long as the colors pair together well.Continue to 7 of 18 below.
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Incorporate Boho Style
Boho decor is very popular right now, and coral is the perfect color to accompany this fun trend. This renovated RV from shelbyadrift is a dreamy '70s-inspired oasis, and the coral accent wall adds color while still maintaining a muted, vintage palette.Continue to 8 of 18 below.
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Pair With Other Bold Colors
We love this sitting area from leslie_landis_interiors because it's anything but reserved. The bold coral paint paired with the vibrant green curtains adds loads of personality to the room. When playing with bold colors, don't be afraid to match other bright hues for an even bigger statement.Continue to 9 of 18 below.
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Beautify a Kid's Room
While we certainly think coral can look grown-up, it's also a great color for kids' rooms and nurseries. This adorable child's bedroom from Project Nursery proves that coral is the perfect upgrade from pink—it's whimsical and playful, but a little more unexpected than your standard pink.Continue to 10 of 18 below.
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Show off Slanted Ceilings
There's so much personality in slanted and vaulted ceilings, so why not show them off with a color that's sure to draw in the eye? This beautiful hideout from adriennerogerscolor already has natural structural beauty, but the coral paint creates an even more interesting and dynamic space.Continue to 11 of 18 below.
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Create an Inviting Guest Room
This well-decorated guest room by trishaxx6 is a space any guest would be excited to visit. The deep coral pairs well with the eccentric, travel-inspired decor and lends a sense of calm and restfulness after a long day.Continue to 12 of 18 below.
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A Sophisticated Dining Room
This dining space from Coco Lapine Design is proof that coral can be adult and sophisticated. The muted coral shade seen here is perfect for open dining spaces, bedrooms, or primary bathrooms. It adds just enough color to brighten the room up, but still feels minimalistic and modern.Continue to 13 of 18 below.
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The Perfect Entryway Color
Styling a great entryway can be harder than it seems, but a punchy color like coral is a great way to add a little personality to a small space. This fun entryway from gardenriotportland adds a healthy dose of coral, which pairs well with the rich brown trim. Consider coral in smaller rooms such as mudrooms, laundry rooms, or offices where the color will pack the most punch.Continue to 14 of 18 below.
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Upgrade Your Storage
This functional mudroom from chebellainteriors is not only a great place to toss rainboots and coats, but it's also beautiful. We often neglect these small, functional spaces in our homes, but considering how much use they get, we think they're just as important when it comes to decor.Continue to 15 of 18 below.
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A Coral TV Stand
This living room from Classy Clutter is another example of how a bright, lively color like coral can transform a piece of furniture and make a statement in any room. Flea markets are a great source of furniture in need of a new life—simply add a coat of coral paint, and you have a brand-new-to-you statement piece.Continue to 16 of 18 below.
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A Modern Coral Bathroom
This modern bathroom from Black Lacquer Design features a lot of straight lines and modern accents, but the coral paint adds a layer of playfulness to the space. A bold coral coat of paint is a great way to tone down a room and make it feel a little more welcoming.Continue to 17 of 18 below.
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A Stunning Nursery
We love this coral nursery from Love Nest Little Things because it inspires joy and playfulness. By keeping a uniform color palette throughout the room, it feels bright and colorful without a new paint job.Continue to 18 of 18 below.
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A Mid-Century Dining Room
This vintage-inspired dining room from joyellewest is everything we love about the mid-century modern trend: It's minimalist and streamlined but filled with personality. The muted coral paint helps to add more dimension to the light wood furniture and pairs well with the light pink upholstery of the chairs.