Color Catalog: Coral Reef


When Pantone announced Coral Reef as their 2019 Color of the Year, it seemed like a home décor dare. The bright, nearly-neon coral is energetic and uplifting. Coral Reef (SW 6606) by Sherwin Williams is an accessible version of this playful hue. In different lighting, it morphs from a bold orange-red to a softer pinky coral.

It’s easy to think nautical when you’re working with coral, and this palette definitely sways that direction. However, don’t feel boxed in by a nautical theme: this fun hue works well with graphic prints of all kinds.

Because Coral Reef is so bold on its own, limit how much you use of your main accent color. Instead, let neutrals, woods and metals do the heavy lifting. A warm white will anchor the room, and can lend a transitional flair or modern edge.

Where should your go coral? Try it in a home office where you’ll be creating or meeting clients. It’s also a great choice for a children’s room. Want to make a bold statement to the neighborhood? Coral Reef is an exciting, friendly choice for your front door!