Corralling the Coral
I've got to hand it to Williams-Sonoma Home. They've got moxie. Remember the issue of Domino that declared coral is over and designers should back away, far away from the motif? Quickly? Well, here we are in Spring '09 and they've got plenty of it.In fact, it appears they are single-handedly hoping to resuscitate the trend.
To be honest, I actually love coral in small doses. In these photos it's clearly overkill, as most merchandising shots are prone to be. But a little dash of coral - be it the color or the silhouette - I actually find quite appealing in the summer. But then again, I grew up near beaches and pieces of coral are just part of the summertime experience.
Granted, if you live longer than a 4 hour flight to the coast - any coast - it may be a bit odd to have pieces of coral in your home. But I'm willing to bet even the powers that be at Domino would have given you a pass if you acquired the coral objet de art on in the Maldives or Canary Islands.
That's what I love about design 'rules' though... they are meant to be ignored, broken, and twisted. The trick to coral? Inject the color into your summer palette with reckless abandon, but use the motif judiciously lest your designer friends poke fun at you for being so gauche. Unless of course, you can back those coral place settings up with tales of your snorkeling expedition off The Great Barrier Reef. In which case, feel free to go a bit wild.