Coral, feminine and free, coral is a gorgeous shade to utilize throughout springtime or when your bedroom needs a face lift. It blends well with a lot of other shades too. Coral is a tricky paint color that many people don't list as a favorite, but I think it's a terrific color that is just misunderstood. Coral is often associated with tropical or coastal interiors, and for that reason many people are hesitant to use it outside of an oceanfront environment. It does describe the warm hues that define actual coral reef. It is also the color you'll see inside many sea shells, but don't confine this color to a beach house. Coral is also the color of the sky at dawn and dusk. I believe it is one of nature's most eye-catching hues, and with a variety of tones that range from reds to rose to orange, it works well in many spaces.
I am so happy that dressing our windows is back in style. Blinds and shutters serve their purposes, but a room does not look complete without beautiful windows dressing. The padded valances and ruffled swags are gone, but flowing draperies in sumptuous color and texture are here. Restoration Hardware's Belgian Textured Linen Drapes have a deliciously weighty presence due to their texture, and can anchor even the most insignificant windows to transform them into a grand statement. Using a natural fabric with a bold or deep color is a brilliant way to keep your space from feeling too formal. How can you use a deep charcoal paint? Try it as an accent wall, use it on a bookcase or cabinet, or for a dramatic powder room. Dark colors like charcoal gray can be surprisingly versatile if you manage your lighting in the room effectively.
Bring elements of nature into a guest room by using lavender fabrics with a floral pattern. Offset the pattern with a neutral rug, or add depth and drama with a deep purple rug. Use an off-white bedskirt and wood furniture for color balance and texture. Hang artwork depicting lavender flowers, and add a ceramic or metal pitcher filled with flowers. Your guests might not want to leave this charming space. For a decadent feel, paint the ceiling a high-gloss deep plum, use lavender wallcovering with some shimmer, and pile on pillows in various shades of purple and lavender. Add pops of color in fabrics and accessories such as deep green for an energized feel. Use black as punctuation on fabric edges, bedskirt and lamp shades. A dark wood four-poster bed evokes a sense of history in this setting. Create a canopy that coordinates with the bedding for ultimate luxury.
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