Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tropical Punch

There's just something about the color, coral. Evocative of a Caribbean getaway, it's an intoxicating mix of red and orange that I liken to a refreshing tropical sipper.

In the urban jungle that is downtown Manhattan, I recently found myself drawn to this sweet, but not saccharine, hue. At Jonathan Adler, a pretty pale-coral sofa was the perfect foil for bold pillows. And my mouth was agape at the gorgeous coral-colored accessories I spied at Emporio Armani. Pack it all to go please! I also made a pit stop (lengthy detour) at Anthropologie. What pretty goodies! Although, many things were priced out of reach, affordable items like the drawer pulls above ($6.00 - $18.00) provided Anthro cache for not a lot of cash.

So, it got me thinking of other ways we could incorporate this great pop of color into our homes.

Below, coral wallpaper makes a dramatic headboard in a bold geometric print. Throw pillows in contrasting, smaller-scaled prints add balance.

[Photo credit: Inside Out]

An oversize painting provides an instant 'pick me up' in this neutral bathroom.

[Photo credit: John Granen]

Below, coral upholstery is the focal point of this outdoor space. Cabana stripes in the same color add a fun yet cohesive touch. Quick tip: if you want to add a shot of coral without the commitment just add flowers. As you can see, even a few posies make an impact.

[Photo credit: Domino]

Over-the-top antler chandeliers make this traditional kitchen memorable while the painted counter-stools help ground the room. For a more modern look, try swapping boxy linen pendants like these beauties from CB2 ($19.95). And in lieu of clear vases, add shapely opaque planters such as these from Target ($14.99 - $24.99) for a bold punctuation point.

[Photo credit: Civility Design]

[Photo credit: left, CB2. Right, Target]

Are you feeling this punchy color too? How would you incorporate coral in your home?


1 comment:

Simone said...

truly loving the tropical getaway right now! that coral is super delish!