3 ways to make coral cool

Love coral but not sure how to use it? These decorating tips will show you how to work it into your home

Sitting between red, pink and orange in the colour spectrum, coral has the impact of red and the freshness of orange. This energising and uplifting colour will bring a fresh, summery feel to any room - just pair it with the right shade to make it as bold as you want. Check out these perfect combos...

1. Soften it with pale grey
Cool down hits of bold coral in a bedroom by pairing it with a light grey backdrop. Add a striking focal point, such as a patterned headboard, then allow your imagination to run riot with fabrics and accessories in coral.

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Get the look

Kyoto Mist carpet, £88 per sq m, Crucial Trading (opens in new tab). French Grey Absolute Matt Emulsion, £37 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene (opens in new tab). Chervil wallpaper in Watermelon, £38.50 per roll, Villa Nova (opens in new tab).

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2. Team it with sea blue

Create a soothing, breezy scheme by painting walls in fresh Pacific blue, then use fiery coral as an accent colour for cushions and throws. Pale wooden flooring and white furniture will balance the two bold shades.

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Get the look

Milk Jug claypaint, £32 for 2.5ltr, Earthborn (opens in new tab). Pacific Oak flooring, £29.49 per sq m, Largo collection, Quick-Step (opens in new tab). Plains One fabric in Aqua, £27 per m, Scion (opens in new tab).

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3. Balance it with neutralsTame the intensity of vibrant coral with shades of oatmeal and cream. Choose a wallpaper with a striking pattern that features both colours, then paint furniture, doors and
skirting boards coral - try at least two shades with red and
orange tones to create depth. Mixing different textures for furniture and soft furnishings will add layers to your scheme.

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Get the look

Jasmine carpet, £21 per sq m, Forest Hills collection, Cormar Carpets (opens in new tab). Lavaliers wallpaper in Atomic, £57 per roll, Little Greene (opens in new tab). Atomic Red Intelligent Eggshell, £53 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene (opens in new tab).

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