Thursday, February 9, 2012

Color Combo: Navy & Coral

My BFF is visiting from South Korea and its been great spending time with her! I've been busy picking her brain for suggestions on what to do with the house and it just so happens, one of her gifts has been a great source of inspiration. She brought me this shirt, which I am so obsessed with!

It's so hard to show in the picture, but it is the perfect combination of navy, coral and light taupe. Here's a close-up shot:

Again, pictures never capture the true color! So frustrating. I'd love to try to incorporate this color scheme somewhere in the house. Currently, the only room that is a blank slate is the office. I'm not sure if the Mr. would be down with it, but I thought I'd give it a try! So a little searching on the web and I found these two colors:

Here's the deal, the office is small, and it doesn't get the best light, so I'm conflicted over whether or not to paint the wall the dark navy or the coral. The taupe on the dress is almost an identical match to the color already on the wall, so I could just keep the existing color and use the above colors as accents. 

So here are some inspiration pictures:
Lonny Magazine
I love that the walls in this room are light and that there are pops of color throughout. How bad-ass is that painting?

Lonny Magazine

Dark walls. Hmmmmmmmmmm. I do appreciate the color contrast. The tree wallpaper is pretty awesome! It's from Urban Outfitters. 

Diane Bergeron

This picture proves that dark walls does not shrink a room. The white and navy contrast is great! 
Sweet Southern Sunshine
I pretty much love everything about this room. The headboard is unbelievable, the quatrefoil pillows rock, and the coral stools at the beds' end are a sweet touch. 

Massucco Warner Interiors

I love the design on the back wall, not to mention everything else. I wish I could incorporate a little office nook in the closet! It would save us so much space. 

Girl and Great Dan

Coral walls! And the rug could totally play in to a modern nautical room if styled correctly.  
Infarrantly Interiors
Love, love, love the headboard! Not exactly navy, but I had to post this pic! 

It's really not like me to be this bold (quite frankly, it might not even be very bold to some of you) but I am just really drawn to this color scheme. I think because it reminds me of being on my boat and snorkeling in the ocean.

Using these pictures, I found some great items online that would go perfect with this theme!
One Kings Lane

Urban Outfitters



Dash and Albert Catamaran Rug
Ballard Design
Ballard Design
West Elm
Dorothy Draper Dresser
What are your thoughts on this color combo? Too bold? As far as walls, what would you do? Navy, coral or light taupe?


  1. love, love, love the theme. since it's already painted a light color i would buy up the navy and coral accent pieces. very cool.

  2. totally adore this color scheme!

  3. LOVE navy, LOVE coral and LOVE them together. You know I love a dark, bold wall color and I think you should just go for it with the navy (which is actually more neutral than the coral). My concern with coral walls is that you may find yourself overwhelmed by the color and/or bored of it in a few years. Navy walls will go with a ton of colors (green, yellow, white, red, you name it) and you can always swap out the coral accessories later for an easier update. (Also, I think painting small rooms dark can actually make the room feel really erases boundaries. My 12 x 12 office feels WAY bigger in the plum color than it felt with the greige walls the house came with.)