Pantone describes 2019’s color of the year, Living Coral, as “energizing” and “life-affirming” — bold words for an equally bold shade.

Coral looks great under the sea, but how do we incorporate the invigorating hue into our home decor? We turned to Toronto-based interior designer and GTA Home & Reno expert Nicholas Rosaci, who believes there’s no such thing as too bold a color. “If you love it, there are no rules,” insists the designer.

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That said, coral is undoubtedly an attention hog but it does play well with others. Rosaci recommends pairing coral with cooler greys, poppy yellow, natural materials and textures, or layering it on top of the blush pink trend for a monochromatic look.

“Coral is more like an orange with a little bit of pink in it. It’s got a lot of energy and it’s really juicy,” adds Rosaci. Whether you want to mix it in with your neutrals or throw it on the walls, Rosaci shares six reversible hacks to infuse the energizing color into your space.

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1. Pepper coral into your accessories

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If you’re just looking to dabble in the trend or wake up a few nooks and crannies, Rosaci recommends peppering the color in your lighting accessories and textiles.

Instead of a basic white or black lampshade, try this simple DIY: get a beautiful coral ribbon or fabric from the craft store and hot glue it around the lampshade. “It’s a fun, easy DIY that adds a bit of drama and makes your space look glowy,” says Rosaci.

Rosaci also recommends layering your bedding and couches with a chunky coral knit throw and accent pillows. “A little coral goes a long way when it comes to punching up the basics,” Rosaci explains.

2. Line the back of your cabinets or bookcases

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There’s a big trend in the design world to update cabinets — and even kitchen appliances — with punchy colors. If you aren’t ready to take the leap (or like your white kitchen appliances just fine, thank you), consider adding a pop of color to the back of your bookcases and cabinets.

“You can always paint a piece of bristol board or foam-core coral and then trim it to fit the back of your shelves,” the DIY-pro suggests. “It’s not permanent and you’ve just added a pop of unexpected color to a space that might otherwise be dreary.”

3. Paint your door for an unexpected pop of color

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Painted doors present another opportunity to go big and bold with color. Cover your front door and share your love of coral with the world or introduce the shade in your bathrooms, laundry room and bedrooms. A painted door is a daring addition in smaller spaces, without overwhelming the room.

Want to switch it up from season to season? You can always paint the door another color in an afternoon.

4. Pair coral with florals to make a statement

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“We’re seeing a reemergence of florals,” explains Rosaci, noting it as a great opportunity to incorporate coral. “You don’t have to cover your whole dining room in a floral wallpaper. Instead, you can wrap a large canvas in the pattern, turning it into an abstract art piece that can always be taken down.”

You can also find plenty of removable options — like large-scale floral murals in punchy corals.

5. Upcycle furniture with a coat of paint

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A quick and affordable way to incorporate the color of the year is by upcycling furniture. Look around your home for an item that could use a facelift or hunt for a vintage gem at an auction, online listing site, thrift store or garage sale.

“Painting an antique chair or chest of drawers gives your furniture a new lease on life. You can also paint just the inside of the drawers for some contrast,” says the designer.

6. Paint the walls to add some drama

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“Powder rooms and dining rooms call for drama and are a great place to embrace bold color,” suggests Rosaci.

Just beware, a color might be perfect on the swatch, but not in the space. “There are many variations of coral and lighting will affect how you perceive the color,” Rosaci says. “Especially in condos, if you have a den without a window, going full-on Living Coral might be a little too intense. You can always go down a shade or two on the scale.”

Rosaci recommends painting a large test swatch on foam core or bristol board. Then you can move it around your place and see how it reacts to different lighting.

All of these ideas can be painted over, swapped out or upcycled, so you can embrace Pantone’s 2020 shade next year. “I’m sure the color will be really insane,” Rosaci says with a laugh.

Nicholas Rosaci will be presenting a session called “Navigate the Trends, Pantone’s Color of the Year and How to DIY For Living Lux For Less” at the GTA Home and Reno Show on Monday, February 18th from 3pm to 4pm. For more information, visit gtahomeandrenoshow.com.

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