The back half of the sunroom features many functional features. From the wall of windows and the Nano door that leads to the outdoor dining room to the twenty foot long window seat, designers cleverly used every inch of the space in order to create a room that was cozy and stylish while mixing in unique pieces, such as the mirror with the coral eglosmise frame above the chest and the black tables in front of the window seat, add interest to the space's design.
The owners of the Sacred Pepper wanted a dining room that was inspired by their travels, Old Florida and organic elements found in nature, so designers started with a neutral color palette and accented it with cobalt blue to give the space a sand and sea feel. The details in the space, such as the artwork that hangs from the ceiling and the pendant lights over each table, are reminiscent of coral, adding the organic element to this elegant seascape.
While you don't often see heucheras grown as houseplants, these low-light perennials can be potted up in fall and briefly enjoyed indoors. Just be sure to return them to the garden when the weather warms back up. The plants, also known as coral bells, bloom in spring, so give them the cool, spring-like temperatures they prefer. They'll also benefit from being housed in a deep pot, rather than a shallow one. Shown here: heuchera 'Mint Julep'
This urban beach-accented living room is perfect for those that like to dress up sea accessories without appearing too theme-oriented or formal. The casual shabby-white sofas and linen draperies help to keep things laid-back for everyday comfort. One of the best places to display your sea finds is the mantel. Even if the setup is only around during the summer months, it can still bring that casual warm-weather feel into your home. And for a more formal piece that looks like it belongs all year long, try a stunning light fixture, like this white coral chandelier.
Gallery walls are a wonderful way to display your favorite art and photographs, but they can be a little intimidating, too. If you’re trying to create one with lots of color and varied frames, consider utilizing one accent color that helps to unify the space. In this living room, hits of a cheery coral are found not only within the gallery wall (in both art and frames) but also on upholstered pieces like the desk chair and ottoman. The consistent use of an accent color is what gives the space a cohesive, polished look.
The huge rosettes of the aeoniums and the ruffly, aquamarine leaves of the Lady Aquarius echevaria make this succulent container look like a bouquet of aquatic flowers and coral, but foliage is the star of this show. Add a trailing vine like String of Pearls and a couple of mini jade plants, and you get a heat-tolerant container that looks downright aquatic. RECIPE: String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus, Zones 10-11); Echeveria ‘Flag Day’ (Zones 9-11); Echeveria ‘Lady Aquarius’ (Zones 9-11); Black Rose (Aeonium arboreum var. atropurpureum ‘Black Rose’, Zone 9); Elephant Bush (Portulacaria afra 'Green', Zones 10-11); Kalanchoe ‘Oak Leaf’ (Zones 9-11); Blushing Beauty (Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’, Zones 10-11); Large Leaf Elephant Food (Portulacaria afra forma macrophylla, Zones 10-11)
This semi-miniature African violet, ‘Mac’s Strawberry Sundae’ (G. McDonald, hybridizer), has coral-red blooms. African violet blooms have many different flower shapes, including singles, stars (5 petals in a star shape), doubles, semidoubles, ruffled doubles, ruffled stars, and wasps (5 petals, with the upper two slightly curled back). Winston J. Goretsky, president of the African Violet Society of America, says the plants will bloom when they get sufficient light. “No amount of care or feeding will encourage them to bloom if they are not receiving enough light. Available light diminishes drastically, the further distance away from a window the plant is grown. A plant grown on a coffee table in the middle of a room will grow, but may not bloom.”