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Design Trend – Living Coral

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It’s big, it’s (definitely) bold and it’s beautiful; Living Coral has been Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2019 for months now…but have you worked out how to actually use it in your home? This month’s design trend focuses on how to organically integrate this striking colour into your outdoor area!


How to decorate with Living Coral


1. Coral flowers

Whether they're growing in your garden or showcased within fresh floral arrangements, here are some flower varieties that pay homage to this beautiful shade:

  • Grevilleas
  • Protea
  • Lilies
  • Roses
  • Peonies
  • Dahlias
  • Hibiscus flowers
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Anthuriums

2. Pots and planters

If flowers aren't quite your vibe, dress up your existing foliage with a new pot! The burst of coral will look incredible against dark, deep greens or pale foliage, such as agaves or dichondra silver falls.

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Throw Pillows - Living Coral - Design Trend of the Month | ModularWalls

3. Cushions and throws

The easiest way to add a pop of colour and mix up your palette; the trusty cushion refresh!

By using coral cushions or throws, you can effortlessly integrate coral into your decor. Try to mix up various shades and textures, for a balanced aesthetic; browse through Zanui's incredible cushion selection (pictured above) for more inspo!

Throw Pillows - Living Coral - Design Trend of the Month | ModularWalls

4. Outdoor furniture

For those who are looking to use this colour a bit more boldly, why not invest in some statement furniture pieces? Nowadays, there is a vast selection of outdoor textiles that are both stylish and durable. 

Consider furniture pieces that offer a hard frame with soft cushions, as pictured above; that way, you only need to change the seat covers when you feel like a change, saving you both time and money!

5. Front door feature

There's nothing quite as full of character as a feature colour on a front door!

If you're looking for a statement colour to boost street appeal and jazz up your front yard, Living Coral will certainly do just that...

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Colour pairings for Living Coral

Here are some ways to integrate this vivid shade within a wider palette:

  • Greys make the coral a striking visual feature against an otherwise cool, calming palette
  • Neutrals bring out the warmth in the coral, creating quite a feminine aesthetic
  • Black or white will create a punchy ‘pop’ of contrast
  • For a rich tonal palette, take inspiration from Mother Nature and pair the coral with hues of blues!


Texture pairings

Experiment with various textures to find the perfect visual effect for your home:

  • Silver will have a cooling effect; this shade pairs well with both brushed or polished choices
  • Gold metals will add a warm, retro touch
  • Coral velour or velvet will continue the rich Art Deco vibe
  • Accentuate deep shades with dark woods such as cherry and mahogany
  • Lighten the aesthetic with rattan or white-washed wood
  • Concrete finishes can help introduce a more masculine balance
  • Roughen up the aesthetic with canvas, raw fabrics or loose weaves

Written by Evelyn Kandris


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