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Natasha and Brad's "Coral Me Happy" Room

Coral Me Happy


Natasha and Brad


Grand Rapids, Michigan



Colors Used

The wall color is Ellen Kennon’s Caribe.

Color Inspiration

Our inspiration for the room was the portraits of my in-laws. We wanted a wall color that would compliment them while making them stand out. We also wanted it to be something that is warm and cozy, yet cheery enough to carry us through our long, gloomy Michigan winters. We chose this coral, which fit those criteria and compliments the colors used elsewhere in our house. It’s a really happy color and our three daughters love having a pink living room!

Color Tips

I think the most important thing is to use colors that make you happy, and then incorporate variations of those colors throughout your house. Aside from looking cohesive, it makes it easy to swap things from room to room and give your house a fresh look without having to buy anything new. And for those who might think my husband wouldn’t love a pink room--he does! He helped chose the color and says it reminds him of The Royal Tenenbaums.

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Comments (41)

we love the lamp from grandpa's bar!!!

posted by joanneeeee on October 31, 2011 at 7:23pm
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Favoriting for two reasons:
1. Beautiful!
2. Defy the storage nazis. Store your books however you want.

posted by unabridged on October 25, 2011 at 8:57pm
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I have the same clock! I found it against a dumpster in an alley and fixed it up. Looks great against that color wall!

posted by retrocatz on October 25, 2011 at 2:16pm
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Thanks for submitting Natasha and Brad! I can't get over how great your Living Room looks! Congratulations!!!

posted by EllenKennon on October 25, 2011 at 10:47am
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absolutely beautiful paint color!

posted by Cathleen Davidson on October 25, 2011 at 11:08am
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Looks awesome.

posted by FijiMermaid on October 25, 2011 at 11:43am
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Just a wondering: why are all the book spines turned around?

Is that how you usually store them? Or were their colors displeasing as a part of your palette here?

posted by akay on October 25, 2011 at 12:00pm
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Thanks everybody, for your votes and support!

Akay, yes, that is how we usually store them. There is a library/playroom off the living room where we keep most of our books, but these don't fit in there. These are mostly mass market paperbacks with brightly colored spines and I find it jarring when they are turned around. They are organized alphabetically and by fiction/non-fiction though, so it's very easy to find what I am looking for! :)

posted by alahoop on October 25, 2011 at 12:45pm
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Very weird to see the books with the spine facing in. I would suggest that perhaps you turn the spines back out and organize them along the color spectrum (like this: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2610/3753183158_7bfbbcd04f.jpg). Then the books become attractive in the room and you do not have to hide them !!

posted by noticetothepublic on October 25, 2011 at 1:16pm
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This room gives me the warm fuzzies (in a non-creepy way), so pretty and warm!

posted by sarrazak on October 26, 2011 at 6:03pm
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Are your inlaws divorced? Why are their pictures not hung together?

Also - I thought the paperbacks were a bizarre collection of phone books. I am going to stick with this story in my head.

posted by potpie on October 25, 2011 at 1:57pm
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I think the spines facing in is an awesome styling choice. Please don't color code them! It's been done to death.

posted by mackenziedear on October 25, 2011 at 3:49pm
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Crazy coincidence: I just clicked over to these images of the Hickory Chair showroom at Highpoint Market and they're showing gorgeous spines-in styling! http://www.mimiandmegblog.com/2011/10/high-point-hickory-chair.html

posted by mackenziedear on October 25, 2011 at 3:57pm
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@potpie, I also thought the books were phonebooks at first glance. I have to pass on liking that choice.

posted by defaultname on October 25, 2011 at 4:48pm
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You have done a great job. I love it!!!!

posted by jana sammut on October 25, 2011 at 5:45pm
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OMG love.

posted by Appy on October 25, 2011 at 6:45pm
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Great job Natasha & Brad...it is just beautiful...

posted by glemke on October 25, 2011 at 8:10pm
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LOVE the colour!

posted by rouquinne on October 25, 2011 at 8:38pm
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Potpie, my in-laws are not divorced, although my father-in-law is deceased. We had the one of my father-in-law first and when we got the one of my mother-in-law I set it on the mantle to keep it from getting broken. We just liked it, so we left it like that.

Retrocatz, thanks. It's a fun clock, isn't it? I paid a few dollars for mine at a thrift store. I thought it was a good deal, though not as good as yours!

Mackenzie, how funny. Thanks for posting that link. I really didn't put much thought into it when I turned them around. I am surprised it was such a controversial thing to do.

posted by alahoop on October 25, 2011 at 8:39pm
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Also, I am cracking up. Phone books, really? That would certainly be an odd thing to collect and display! Although who knows, maybe someday they will become rare vintage collectibles that people will proudly display in their living rooms--undoubtedly with the spines out!

posted by alahoop on October 25, 2011 at 8:41pm
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Fabulous! ;)

posted by Soupstar on October 25, 2011 at 10:08pm
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Pink is balls; well this pink is.
wait I meant walls . . . .

posted by betty33 on October 26, 2011 at 12:43am
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Beautiful room! Great use of light, colors and contrast. Hope you win!

posted by Jan Gauvin on October 26, 2011 at 9:21am
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seriously? The books are an issue? Looks great guys......very cozy!

posted by aunt cindy on October 27, 2011 at 12:43pm
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The book thing is horrible, i won't vote for this room on principle. love pink, but that book thing is just wanky.

posted by Pipstar on October 27, 2011 at 4:44pm
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wow - is that an emerald green on one chair and lavender on another? And then you put it against the coral wall - oh wow, you are good. And I especially appreciate how many traditional pieces of furniture you used in a really fresh way. Great work!

posted by RobinD. on October 27, 2011 at 6:45pm
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I wouldn't think this pink could work, but it does! Very cool.

posted by laneyp on October 28, 2011 at 10:46am
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I didn 't even notice the books. Love the couch and flowers.

Also, GR represent! I moved away last year and still miss it. Just had dinner at the Green Well a few weeks ago. :)

posted by Laura H. on October 28, 2011 at 1:03pm
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So wonderful to see one of Ellen Kennon's Full Spectrum Paints being used!!! Naturally beautiful...

posted by emilylauderback on October 28, 2011 at 1:57pm
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The color looks a bit more mauve than coral to me. The color scheme gives it a dated feel. But overall, I think it's lovely.

posted by Erika Britt on October 28, 2011 at 2:32pm
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Thanks everybody, for the votes and comments! I have really enjoyed reading all of your feedback, both positive and negative--although we're leaving the books as they are. :)

It's funny, but I don't think I would have been brave enough to do a coral room if it wasn't full spectrum paint. It really does go with everything, but it can be tricky to photograph because it changes so much. It has never looked mauve to me, but computers and monitors can vary so much that I bet it looks a little different to everybody. In person, it's a lovely, warm pink, that goes beautifully with the oranges in our house.

Laura, it's great to hear from another Grand Rapidian! I am not originally from here, but I love it.

posted by alahoop on October 28, 2011 at 4:41pm
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You need to come to my house.

posted by Cheryl Welke on November 1, 2011 at 3:44pm
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Great color, great balance!

posted by MadAboutBooks on November 1, 2011 at 7:29pm
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Beautiful room.

posted by mhammer on November 1, 2011 at 10:51pm
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Wow, you are up there and deservingly so! Good luck to you the room is just beautiful!

posted by LittleMissSunshine on November 2, 2011 at 6:52am
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I love this. It's especially great with the wood trim.

posted by jhonspops on November 10, 2011 at 9:32am
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Very sweet. Love it.

posted by Tawana Walker on November 13, 2011 at 7:41pm
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the coral looks so nice!!

posted by JodieAnn on November 13, 2011 at 11:40pm
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favorite for sure! AT house tour please!!

posted by queenyellowsun on November 16, 2011 at 3:19am
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Love it! I never get enough of coral in an interior and yet it's a gutsy move. It's the most flattering color for skin tones of all shades. Bet your friends and family look marvelous in this room!

posted by sara from garniture on November 17, 2011 at 10:33pm
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lovely room. I noticed the books right away, they really caught my eye, and I wondered if they were some kind of manuals or telephone books. The bright yellow really stands out.

posted by kassgood on November 18, 2011 at 12:40pm
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