June Color Of the Month– Coral

I almost called it “Coordinating Coral,” because when paired with tomatoey reds, apricots, and peaches, it all looks warm, happy, and comforting together.  It’s one hot and tangy color for Summertime, that’s for sure!

Coral Colored

Coral Colored

Tiny Vintage Juice Glass

Tiny Vintage Juice Glass

Welcome to a segment that will be, ahem, monthly– hence the title– just trying to highlight some color trends headed our way in decor and fashion.  I tend to pay a totally bizarre amount of attention to color, and since I’m going to do that anyway, we might as well talk about it.  It’s my hope that I can get you excited about a shade, get you spotting it in action, and maybe even so that you’re using color in new ways every now and again.  I now have a pinterest board where I will be pinning the featured color– to help elaborate on the shade and its uses.  Please go peruse!

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June’s color is in the family of orange, but with too much red or pink in it to be denied!  It’s hot, blushy, racy fun– a cousin of peach, but not as gentile, with more of a temper and a brasher laugh.  It definitely gets attention at parties!

This color has kind of pushed its way into my consciousness…  I have *said* that I wouldn’t be mentioning the guest room again, but I fibbed.  I’ve been completely overhauling the bedding in that room, from the box springs up, and for a long while I was looking for peach.  Peach is impossible right now, trust me, I even had a conversation with a stressed out mother-of-the-bride at a Joann’s about the topic last week.  Nowhere to be found.  The only peach fabric I’ve been able to find is that unfortunate too-small sheet set that I cut up. (Another example of how if I weren’t a thrifter, I would be screwed.  It’s the pale peach of the pillowcases in the photo below.)

Guest Bed Linens

Guest Bed Linens

I shifted focus, thinking I would look at fresh greens and warm mocha browns, but I feared that if I didn’t get a pop of color on that bed that the room would seem cold.  (And it stand by that, it really would.  The walls are green, the rest is wood toned.)  Stumbling around a Stein Mart with the end of a gift card at a peak sale time, I had chosen a cocoa colored matelasse bedspread but just couldn’t commit.  And I *wanted* to commit, the price was too good, and it was an item I needed.  But– but– but!  It didn’t feel right.  And then I spotted this spread… same type, same price.  The label in the package says its “Red,” but that is drastic oversimplification.  It is a fantastic hot coral!  I took it home for less than fifteen bucks.

Then a couple of months pass, and I was *still* having trouble finding a sheet set.  I got the olive and white striped flat while– you guessed it– thrift shopping, but the fitted was remaining an elusive beast.  The week before my friend visited from Atlanta, I decided to go to Target and check the shelves.  I ended up doing that magical thing that I can’t quite explain but sometimes do, I bought an exact match for the bedspread, in the Threshold brand 300 thread count fitted sheet.  Color listed?  Coral.  See, Target knows their shiznits.  It feels like *heaven.* Soo soft and cool and cushy.  At the price of twelve bucks, that’s a step toward a fantastic night’s sleep for my friends and family.

<<<See how close of a match those are?  Pretty awesome, huh?  Bought at different stores, of course they aren’t the same brand, but you would not know it!  They are *so close* of a match, I think my friend Amber almost didn’t believe me….  Almost.

Coral Krylon On

Coral Krylon On

Give this fun color a try!

**CLOSE PAINT MATCH**  Try Benjamin Moore’s “Starburst Orange,” for fantastic coverage brushed or rolled on.  The spray paint shade seen in the can above is shown on the frame in the pic to the right; it’s Krylon’s Indoor/Outdoor in “Coral Isle.”

Want to try it?  Paint up a glossy pop on a piece of furniture, like a buffet, nightstand, or entry table.

**SPOT IT ON**  The natural aquatic-dwelling critter that gives it its name– but let’s leave that in the ocean, ‘kay?  I’m seeing lots and lots of artistic depictions of coral, which is the way to go– be it in framed prints, throw pillows, or faux stone jewelry.  Coral has a really highbrow and luxurious quality, which I assume is due to the original marine stuff being prized like, for centuries and actually being used to make jewelry (like cameos and the like).

Vintage collectors can seek fiestaware pottery in “persimmon,” and the super-lucky may be able to score a chenille coverlet or formica-topped table.  This color seems to have been especially popular in the fifties, as well as browned-down, redder versions reappearing again in the seventies.  (The wee glass allowing the plant to root, above, is from the 70s.)

Coral Contact Paper!

Coral Contact Paper!

**PAIR IT WITH**  Cool shades– It’s really smashing with slate grey and lovely as a contrast to greens, particularly minty and jadeite shades.  More daring of a pair– but with remarkably fabulous results– is with deep navy or midnight blue.  Striking!

**CRAFT IT**  Duck brand puts out the adhesive contact paper you see above, at low reasonable prices per roll.  (About five bucks.)  JoAnn’s currently has a hot peach faux-peony bloom with a rhinestone center that is so *gorgeous,* I’m trying to find an excuse to buy one.

**EAT IT**  The pulp of the persimmon is a deep color match; fresh salmon and cooked shrimp is even closer; or make some tomato bisque soup and stir in some sour cream– don’t forget the fresh dill if you have it!  (That’s more because its yummy that way than having anything to do with the color, of course!)

**WEAR IT**  This color is *great* on the nails, give yourself a pedicure in WetNWild’s “Heatwave” for only two bucks a bottle, and marvel how cute your toesies are in sandals!  As a redhead, I feel more comfortable in the coral colors than I do in pure pinks, it’s such a flattering color for many skin tones.  It pairs great with denim and metallics, particularly silver!

Coral From My Closet

Coral From My Closet

**MY FAVES**  My favorite coral things of the moment are the fun, poppy nail polish color you see to the left (soo fabulous on my toes in my brown leather platform sandals!); the three, finely-detailed, vintage doilies that I scored a couple of months ago; and most of all, a dress from the sixties I’ve never worn…  not that it doesn’t fit!  IT DOES!  I love, love, love it.  My sister bought it for me at the Goodwill on Haight St in San Fransisco.  (How could you not remember *that* forever, amirite?)  It is so rare to find vintage clothes in my size, when I spotted it, we slipped it on over my clothes to check the size and knew we had to take it home…  It is so finely-detailed and beautifully made that I could almost wear it inside-out, the lining is as gorgeous as the rest.  The front placket is scalloped-shaped, with dainty covered buttons, and the sleeves are 3/4 but almost bell-shaped.   The whole thing is fully-lined and soo incredibly thick and heavy that I could only wear it for colder occasions.  I need to find a reason or event to wear this thing!  It’s sad to me that my life is so dressed-down I haven’t had an opportunity yet….  Maybe I see a fancy-dress New Year’s thingy in my future?

1960's Coral Cocktail Gown Gorgeousness

1960’s Coral Cocktail Gown Gorgeousness

(Incidentally, I broke down and photographed this dress on a rainy day, and the incandescent light did it no favors… it is actually very close to these other things, tonally.  Isn’t interesting how light effects the way your mind sees color?)

And lastly, a little collage I made that just so happens to feature *this month’s* color with next month’s… anyone want to guess what that is?

Collage For the Guest Room

Collage For the Guest Room


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