Too much red in an all-white space can end up looking like a space that has been styled purely for the holidays rather than creating a palette that can work the year round. If you’re keen on decorating with red in the dining room then turn your attention to coral for a softer, more versatile look. Decorating with coral against a white base palette works wonders on a dining room because it packs stylish punch without feeling overly festive. Coral has warm orange undertones that make it feel as though it’s part of both the red and pink colour families, so it’s perfect for warming up a cool, neutral scheme during the autumn/winter months. For the best results try to introduce coral accents incidentilly through accessories such as a tablecloth, fresh blooms, tableware and ceramics. Foil the vibrancy of these new coral accents with natural, pale wood pieces as these will help temper the tension between the coral and white/grey hues. Have you decorated with coral? How do you like to use pink and red hues in your interior design schemes or rooms at home?

// Photography by Kim Timmerman via Lanalou Style.


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Very nice colour palette indeed. By any chance do you know where the bench comes from?

  2. I’m so in love with this colour scheme and the styling! Thanks for the link love Will!

  3. Godard_girl Reply

    Wow, I love this coral on white, it’s really inviting to they eye, a pick me up shade for winter days. I wonder if a bit of chevron thrown in would look good here too or if maybe that would ruin the balance… Just lovely anyway.

  4. Love coral, even though I just use it on clothes. One kind of forget how easy it is to change the colours in a room with just textiles, like in this kitchen. A pair of curtains, a table cloth, flowers/berries… I might give caral a go in my “kitchen” 😉

    • @Emelie – I totally agree, that’s what inspired me so much about this space. I’d love to see how you layer coral accents into your little Swedish kitchen! 🙂

  5. I adore coral. This is beautiful. I really never thought of coral being a fall color, but this works. 🙂

    • @Lucy – Right? It’s just those few shades lighter that make it feel suitable for the season without being too strong like the traditional orange hues of the season.

  6. Love this color scheme. I have coral and pink dipped legs on my chairs in my dining room area paired with an all white table. It is a subtle and really adds some fun color without being over the top.

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.