When customers ask me what is the latest trend in colors for their home or office, this year’s Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala, often leaves them cold.  It’s a little dark, reminds them of the wine colors of the past decade and their eyes tend to glaze over at the mention of this color.

In my profession looking for clues as to what you, the customer, want to live with in your environment is par for the course.  And luckily  there is always an alternative.  If you are emptying a room to do a re-model and you’re starting from scratch, consider Sherwin Williams’ pick for their Color of the Year – Coral Reef.

Bathroom Vanity in Coral Reef

Coral Reef is the perfect shade to transform your bath into a tropical retreat right in your home.  This color is a great pop to add to the cold neutrals that have been the norm for the last few years. Though it’s in the red family, it’s much softer than red.  It’s not pink, so it is not too feminine.


Spring is a perfect time of year, albeit all the snowstorms in our country’s east coast right now, to think about updating not only our indoor spaces, but also our outdoor patio furnishings like pillows, chaise loungers and rugs.  Have you thought about adding the color Coral to your decor?

SW 6606 Coral Reef