Pantone’s color of the year famously inspires interior designers and decorators alike to mix up their palette each year and try something new. For 2019, Living Coral is the new hue du jour. Equally bright and bold, coral automatically refreshes any room and provides a lively touch. Because it’s such a powerful shade, we’re providing you with three ways to make the 2019 color of the year work for you, no matter your comfort level.
1. Big Statement – Paint
Give a mudroom door or a forgotten wall a chance to pop by painting it coral. This is perfect for those who want to embrace this color in a big way. Here, an entryway is given new life by a coral door that immediately attracts attention.
2. Playful Pops – Art, Rugs & Decor
Use coral-hued artwork, rugs, or a lamp to brighten up a room. Coral seamlessly blends with neutrals and other colors for an easy interior update. In this room, bold, minimalist artwork and a fun rug both incorporate coral and work together to liven up a living room.
3. Everchanging Accessories – Textiles & Florals
For those inspired by coral but hesitant to make the first move, accessories easily bring this color to a room without the commitment. Pillow covers, throws, and stunning floral centerpieces effortlessly instill the energy of coral into a space while being easy to change up when the mood strikes. Here, vivid color is added via beachy coral sculptures and coordinating throws and pillow covers.
Jennifer Boles's latest book, Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years, is all about the relationship between design inspiration and legacy. We spoke with the leading blogger and author about her latest publication, evergreen interior design trends, and where she finds inspiration every day.
You were first inspired by photographer Victor Skrebneski's home and how it blended minimalism with traditional design. Are you still inspired by spaces with distinct dualities?
It’s the tension between two seemingly opposite styles that can create such striking, and memorable, interiors. I think that certain antiques, such as a gilded French chair or an American highboy, look terrific when displayed against contemporary, minimal interior architecture. The restrained background makes the antiques seem sculptural, almost like pieces of art.
Your book, Inspired Design – The 100 Most Important Interior Designers of the Past 100 Years, covers so many different types of people and styles. Was there a common thread among them?
The common thread is that all of the featured designers have contributed significantly to the art and business of design over the past century. They may have created a new style of decorating or a new way of thinking. Some helped to make design a bona fide profession. Others might be responsible for singular rooms of such beauty and importance that we’re still talking about them today.
You were one of the very first design enthusiasts to enter the world of blogging back in 2006. How has the online culture changed in the last 13 years for interior designers?
When I started blogging, very few people were familiar with blogs and social media. Today, everyone has an online presence of some kind. Social media has, in a sense, leveled the playing field, meaning that designers who live far away from the design hubs of New York or Los Angeles now have the opportunity to reach a global audience and bring attention to their work.
What are some of your favorite, enduring interior design trends that are always in style?
I have loved Chinoiserie for years and years, and I think my love of it will never wane. Some say wallpaper is making a comeback. I adore patterned wallpaper and have quite a bit of it in my home, so I never realized it ever went out of style!
Where do you find creative inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere: books, vintage magazines, classic movies, travel, museum exhibitions, shopping, catalogues, and perusing the latest furnishings at my local design center. I have a very curious mind, so when something strikes my interest, I try to learn everything I can about the subject.
Join us Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at our Wisteria Dallas store for a panel discussion and book signing featuring Jennifer Boles with her latest book Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years, alongside special guests Jeffrey Dungan and Patrick Sutton.