Brights light up any space that begins with a tranquil neutral foundation. With accent pieces inspired by an artwork’s vivid splashes of color, this formerly quiet living room now positively pulses with energy with a vivid coral color scheme.


Neutral living room

This living room started as a sedate blank slate of neutrals: off-white walls, an oatmeal-color sofa, a natural jute rug and a turned-wood lamp base.


Coral living room-2

Orange is the major change agent here: The use of smoldering red-orange, juicy tangerine, playful coral and quiet peach brings energy and interest to pale upholstery and off-white walls.


Coral living room side chair and table

Somehow the side chair’s pink patch seems even brighter in their presence. Pattern also adds punch.


Coral living room rug

Just try to take your eyes away from that new area rug. Let the party begin!


Coral living room lamp

Printed in hues that echo the artwork, this lampshade acts as a harbinger of summer’s natural beauty. Look closely at the pillow to see a subtle pattern that boosts its sizzle factor. The frame’s neon-orange surface energizes the union of wood tabletop and lamp base.


Coral living room coffee tabletop

Chartreuse blossoms insert a jolt of contrasting color into the (now orange-framed) coffee-table display. Icy-white accents (you saw them in the yellow color scheme, too), partner with the flowers to slow down orange’s frenetic pace.


Coral living room artwork

Bright accent pieces like these are an ideal way to experiment with a new hue. Keep it simple, though, with plain shapes and subtle contrasts.

Products of Interest

RugsUSA_Brentwood Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

Inject a colorful pattern into your coral color scheme with an area rug in soft beige and orange. Brentwood Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug; 8×10” $641,


OneKingsLane_Michelle Armas, 24x32 Laura

Awash with bold brushstrokes, this gicleé canvas print arrives ready to hang. Laura by Michelle Armas; $249–$315,


OneKingsLane_Solid Cashmere Throw, Orange

Cashmere fiber offers lightweight warmth, while the extra-long fringe adds a chic, artisanal finish. Solid Cashmere Throw; $229,


Overstock_Safavieh Adele Orange Iron Wire Stool

Crafted from iron and finished in spicy orange, this versatile stool is as welcoming to a wineglass as it is to a guest in search of a seat. Safavieh Adele Orange Iron Wire Stool; $74,



Generously sized at 16 x 10 inches, this sturdy tray gathers decorative items on your coffee table for a quick removal when a clear surface is needed. Orange High Gloss Lacquered Tray; $16.20,



This pierced lantern pairs ceramic craftsmanship with weathered style. Madison Links Ceramic Lantern; $48.39,


Target_Lifeflor Geometric Print Pillow

Featuring a dark opal orange color with fresh design patterns, the vibrant style and eye-catching design of this plush pillow looks great in your coral color scheme. Lifeflor Geometric Print Pillow; $45.99,

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