Inspiration ebbs and flows and is not quite as “on demand” as I would always like it to be. Lately, something has sparked my interest. I am helping a friend with her new home and started by inquiring what colors she and her husband like and are attracted to. She mentioned to me a beautiful combination: coral, cobalt blue and sunny yellow. At first glance these are not colors that I am immediately drawn to, as I love more greens and soft gray blues, but after searching for inspiration photos for the project, I have fallen in love with this color trio.
Not only is this scheme bright and cheery, but as I look around, I notice that it is also showing up in fashion (which is actually typical of interior design and fashion design). I spied some coral colored Tory Burch sandals at Nordstorm’s the other day (see pictured below) that prove my point. You don’t have to look hard to see cobalt blue and sunny yellow skinny jeans or tops that are showing up in the stores as well. Brights are all the rage right now. I also think this color combo works well because of the location of the colors on the color wheel. Yellow and Blue are primary colors and Orange is a secondary color, right next to Red. They are almost all equidistant to each other on the wheel.
The beauty of these colors is how fun it is to pick paint, furniture and accessories. Try for a bold look and use one of the three “brights” as an accent wall. I love the blue built-ins pictured below with the pop of coral for the upholstery. If you want to mix it up, do neutral upholstery (like the picture at the very top) and use the wall color and accessories to brighten things up.
This makes it easy to change if you get tired of this color combo and want to try something different. A fresh coat of paint is way less expensive than a new sofa. Either way, have fun with it and don’t be afraid to be adventurous.
Enjoy the inspiration photos! I leave you with one challenge: try out a fun pop of color in your home even if it isn’t coral, cobalt blue or sunny yellow. It will liven up your space and you will be happy that you tried it…trust me! Now, back to picking the perfect coral paint for my friend’s design project…