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Described as ‘vibrant, yet mellow’ by the oracles at Pantone, this year’s Colour of the Year is Living Coral – and it’s a fresh, fun shade we’re having plenty of fun playing with.

Explaining their choice, the Pantone peeps have called the colour ‘sociable’, ‘spirited’, ‘optimistic’ and ‘playful’…pretty much all the things we think interiors should be every year here at Matt Blatt.

The question, of course, is how to incorporate this ravishing, reef-inspired shade at your place. And that’s where we come in. We’ve scoured our showrooms and uncovered a few perfect pairings for Living Coral to expand your options beyond purchasing a coral-coloured couch (although we’re all for that…just saying).

From inky blues to refreshing teal and turquoise to glam gold and rich dark timber, you’ll be surprised how well this new cult colour combines with some of our all-time faves.


Fifty (ok, so not quite) shades of Coral

Here in the interiors’ world, we’re anticipating Living Coral will inspire a resurgence for a range of warm shades, ranging from blush and peach through to salmon and pinkish-orange shades, as you’ll see from our product picks below. Read on to check out the colour combos we think are the perfect match for Living Coral.

Besides furniture, other easy ideas to add a pinch of coral to your décor include cushions, artworks, garden pots and patterned rugs.



Be seen with gorgeous green 

Pairing coral with green not only reflects the way the colour appears in nature but helps tone it down a touch, just like green leaves to against pink flowers in nature. From coral cushions on a forest green sofa to a coral ottoman paired with a green armchair, there’ are so many ways to play…


Inky blue – Coral’s fave hue 

From royal blue to rich navy, the deep tones in these bold blue hues is the perfect backdrop to make coral pop – and light-reflecting velvet is an ideal fabric to contrast with coral’s bright, summery style. Style a blue sofa with a coral rug underfoot, or a coral-toned artwork mounted behind it to make both colours sing.


Go glam with gold 

If your style is more chic than coastal, and more glam than garden party the a splash of bold gold – either in your upholstery or in metallic accent furniture – will pick up Coral’s warm undertones and add a rosy hue to any room. Think a velvet armchair alongside a peachy Coral sofa, or a gilded drinks trolley atop a Coral rug.


Try teal & turquoise 

From paler shades of duck-egg blue through turquoise and aqua and into more saturated shades of teal, these lagoon-inspired shades are just what Pantone’s experts had in mind when they named this year’s shade ‘Living Coral’ after the world’s vivid reefs. Try coral and teal with accents of bright white for a tropical scheme that’ll have you living the resort life in your own lounge room.



Dark timber – a dashing choice 

From under the sea to deep in the trees, rich, dark timber is an excellent alternative to pairing vivid colours together, and adds a more refined, handsome vibe to your interior. Add Coral accessories atop an elegant, dark sideboard or entertainment to give timeless timber the ultimate 2019 update.





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