This Nostalgic Paint Color Is Making a Comeback
There’s a winning warmth and an unexpected vibrancy to coral. The shade has been around for ages, and over the years, it has found its way into our homes, onto walls and kitchen appliances as well as clothing, accessories, lipsticks, and blushes. Over the past decade, modern minimalism has favored white walls, but these days, coral is making a comeback. That’s thanks to the big and ever-growing selection of coral paint colors available near and far. While some might call it a summer color, we find ourselves drawn to it more and more all year round. On the color spectrum, it lives between orange and pink; it’s cheery and warm—a hue that can’t help but lift your mood. It can be as vibrant as flamingo feathers or as subtle as the last glimmers of sunset. It’s also surprisingly versatile. Treat coral as a neutral, and you’ll find that it mixes well with shades from all around the color wheel. Interior design-wise, it looks beautiful alongside shades of green, including emerald, sage, and mint, but it goes just as well with gold, red, grey, beige, black, white, and blue hues. Whether the coral you're working with leans more pink-toned or orangey, it’s always an inspired choice for walls, front doors, and accents too. Read on to learn how to incorporate this retro shade into your interior designs this year.
Coral is Stepping Out of The 80s and Into Now
Coral’s Retro Roots
A coral wall was featured in the March 1989 issue of Southern Living. While it appears here as a super-saturated deep orange-coral hue, there are new ways to paint coral into your life. It’s now being reinvented in its application on exteriors, interiors, and accents. Such as…
The New Coral
Used as a bold centerpiece, like on this pretty front door, coral is eye-catching and so very inviting. Choose a vibrant shade, and you’ll instantly add personality to an otherwise lackluster facade. Here, the paint color is Gumdrops (P210-3) by Behr (behr.com).
The most impactful way to add coral into your life is by painting a wall. Choose a gathering space, like this dining room, for the hue, and you’ll immediately add visual interest. Depending on the surrounding designs, a coral wall can lean playful and energetic or stately and elegant. This hue is a peachy-leaning coral that offers a bright contrast to the classic white moldings and wallpapered entry of neighboring rooms.
An otherwise brown-and-beige room gets a dose of color thanks to the paired application of a deep orange-coral hue. Using the shade in the mat of a framed photo as well as in the recesses of a decorative room divider imparts personality without major commitment—i.e. painting an entire room.
When it comes to color, sometimes the best choice is to go big or go home. This space goes big. Leaning on the shade to envelop this room adds major impact and feels undeniably fresh. A lighter coral wrapping the room with a slightly deeper coral on the ceiling is a beautiful, subtle tonal shift that makes a gorgeous statement.