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Peachy pink with gold undertones, Living Coral is a fresh and vibrant color to add to your home in 2019. Because of its bold nature, we recommend using this color as an accent rather than a foundation color. You'll find this shade popping up in window treatments, upholstery, wall paper patterns, and decor items. It’s fun, energetic, and bold!

“Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive chord.”


Whether you love a light, airy palette or dark, deep palette, Living Coral has the flexibility to go in either direction. Overall, this shade goes well with greens, peaches, grays, and golds. DON’T limit yourself to pairing it with just pastels. We are loving experimenting with rich greens and charcoals for beautiful, dramatic statements. When mixing in natural materials, Living Coral also pairs well with light wood tones.

If you're in love with Living Coral, you can easily incorporate it into your home in subtle ways that bring maximum impact without being too loud or too bright.

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Patterns in window treatments, upholstery, and wall paper are bolstered by a bold shade like Living Coral. So, don’t go too bold with it right away! Try incorporating the color into pieces you already have with some textiles and small accessories.

It acts as the "cherry on top" rather than the entire ice cream sundae and allows you to add artwork or decorative pieces that also contain that shade, pulling your space together effortlessly.


For those of you who want to go bold in your space, use Living Coral on the walls or even an entire furniture set. This bold color carries a retro vibe in large doses and works well in eclectic or mid-century modern spaces.

Living Coral can add a fun statement to an all-white bathroom! By adding coral color tiles to a shower or behind a vanity, you can create an energetic-vibe… and we can all use a little energy when getting ready in the morning! Remember, coral pairs best with gold accents, so you may need to consider switching out your plumbing accessories!

Because this color is energetic and lively, it is best used in living and family rooms and avoided in bedrooms. Living Coral can become the “WOW!” factor in spaces shared with your guests.




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There are many guidelines that you should consider when selecting lighting for your home, BUT from our prospective, proportion is usually where most miss the mark! Pulling together the lighting scheme for a space can be hard and overwhelming. It’s going to be one of the most important decisions you’ll make when creating beautiful, functional, and cohesive spaces. I like to think about it just as you would when you’re putting together an outfit… only this time you don’t get to try on! When you think about the pieces individually you may LOVE them, but when you put on the entire outfit, quite honestly it may look like you got dressed in the dark! Obviously lighting serves a very functional purpose and you need to make sure you have the right amount of light for your space, but it also plays a huge role in the room’s design and can really influence the look and feel of the space. With that in mind, I hear so many people/designers refer to the lighting as the jewelry of the room. I personally think lighting is so much more then just an accessory!  


OK, so now back to proportion. This can seam daunting, but there is a really simple rule of thumb that you can go by… it just requires a little math!

This is how simple! To determine the diameter of your fixture, simply add the length and width of the room……..yes that’s it! So for a space that is 10’x12’ the diameter of your fixture would be 22”. This is a good rule of thumb to go by in general. When actually selecting the fixture the dimensions may of course vary and I always prefer to be slightly larger than too small!

One more thing on proportion! Dining room/breakfast areas are other spaces that I not only take into consideration the size of the room, but the size of the table. Let’s take a rectangular dining table that is 42”x96”…I stick to looking for fixtures that are about 2/3 the width of the table. So in this example you are looking for something that is no smaller than 28”, and my design preference and experience would lean more towards a 30-32” diameter.

Now let’s chat about these open floor plans! When considering multiple spaces together, for example a foyer, dining room, kitchen and living room (which are our usual suspects in open floors)…this can get tricky! BUT, when done well, creating a curated but cohesive feel can tie everything together and reinforce the overall design. Remember this is the part about not falling in love with the pieces individually, rather being able to create a story and thoughtful progression of style, shape, and finish! 


One extra TIP!    * Light fixtures appear smaller in showroom settings *  So remember what I said about proportion and scale!


NOW for some fun lighting combos that we pulled together! Which is your favorite? And as always let us know if you have any questions or would like to chat with one of our designers!