Each year the Pantone Color Institute release their Colour Of The Year and this year it’s a shade of pinky-orange called Living Coral.
While I’m not generally much of a ‘pink person’ (the result of a tomboy childhood), I do confess to a sneaking liking for Living Coral. The pinky-orange shade is reminiscent of tropical sunsets, long summer days and, of course, the tropical coral for which it’s named.
While I personally wouldn’t go mad with using it on walls or other big blocks of colour, adding a few touches in the shape of cushions and throws will really cheer up a tired, wintery interior. After all, who wouldn’t fancy a reminder of the Caribbean at this time of year?
We’ve picked out ten of the best home accessories to make use of the new Living Coral colour trend.
1. Seahorse lampshade in coral, Lush Designs
This living coral lampshade, with its seahorse design, is irresistible. It’s ideal for a child’s room, but would also look great in a bathroom. The seahorses depicted on this lampshade can be found in the coastal waters of the UK. It’s available as both a table lamp or pendant light shade fitting, and comes in shades of orange, coral and pink. £65.75, available from Lush Designs.
2. Tasselled cushion in living coral, Beaumonde
This cushion in rich orange, is perfect for adding warmth and texture to a plain sofa, bed or chair. It measures a generous 45cm square and comes complete with a cushion inner. £59, available from Beaumonde.
3. Pink Paradise framed print, Lisa Argyropoulos
Hang a little piece of the tropics on your wall with this detailed, close-up image of one of the strangest birds on Earth; the flamingo. Measuring 50cm by 50cm, it comes ready framed in a plain black frame with a white border, and costs £57 from Red Candy.
4. Retro push button telephone in living coral, Wild & Wild Telecommunications
Who wouldn’t want one of these on their desk? Ideal for asking your housemaid to ring the local constabulary and inform them the master has been murdered in the library, this is a classic British Retro telephone in a bright, modern colour. Updated with modern technology, it will work on any standard home telephone line. £50, available from Hurn & Hurn.
5. Alveare tub chair, MY-Furniture
This unusual chair is set to be a real talking point. Inspired by American mid-century furniture, it has laser cut hexagonal detailing on a steel frame with a brushed chrome finish. It’s available in a range of velvet fabrics, including this orange. £389.99, available from MY-Furniture.
6. Cute desk clock, Zuiver
Made from living coral style pink ceramic with gold aluminium hands, this cute little retro clock would look great on any desk or mantelpiece. Also available in green, it costs £25 from Cuckooland.
7. Living coral colour wool runner rug, Beaumonde
Ideal for use on a plain tiled, stone or wooden floor, this floor runner will add a cosy splash of warmth. It’s professional dry clean only, so probably not ideal for high traffic areas like hallways. Made from 75 per cent wool and 25 per cent cotton, it measures 120cm by 60cm and costs £73 from Beaumonde.
8. Isabella living coral plant pot, Audenza
Handmade from iron with a brass coloured rim, this plant pot will add a touch of glamour to a windowsill. There’s also a matching vase available. Was £25, now £15.95, available from Audenza.
9. Orange silk and crepe shaggy rug, Ian Snow
Bag a bargain with this soft, floppy and tufty rug, great for children’s rooms or bathrooms. The supplier who makes this rug employs nearly two hundred people using traditional techniques such as hand looms and hand tufting. They use a lot of recycled fabric materials and recycle their own waste fabrics. £37.50, available from Ian Snow.
10. Raute rectangular indoor and outdoor rug in living coral, Modern Rugs
Made from polypropylene, this rug is suitable for use both indoors and outdoors, being both hardwearing and resistant to water damage. Available in a choice of four sizes, prices start from £44.99 from Modern Rugs.