2021 Color Trends: Coral Cloud

2021 Color Trends: Coral Cloud

Posted by DecoArt on Aug 5th 2021

Our color of the month for August is one of our new Americana Acrylics colors for 2021, Coral Cloud. This wonderfully soft and peachy shade is light enough for summer decor but neutral enough to transition into fall. Read on to learn more about this cool and delicate color and how you can use it in your next project.

A plume of coral colored smoke.

Photo by Pawel Czerwinski.

Coral in Nature

You can see coral all around you in beachfront vistas and coral reefs. Coral is also a popular shade of rose, the color of a fresh peach, or the setting sun. This perfect blend between pink and orange, it's no wonder this delicate and warm color is so popular.

A bouquet of coral colored roses.

A branch of ripe peaches up in a tree silhouetted against a blue sky.
Photos by eniko kis and Jason Leung.

The color coral gets its name from the coral reef. A coral reef is an underwater ecosystem made up of colonies of reef-building corals. Sometimes referred to as “rainforests of the sea” coral reefs are abundant and diverse, providing a home for 25% of the world’s marine species. 

An orange and white striped clown fish pokes it's head out from behind a coral reef.

Photo by Mathias P.R. Reding.

One of the most well-known and important reefs is the great barrier reef along the coast of Australia. Considered one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, the great barrier reef is a common tourist destination and large enough to be visible from outer space.

A variety of corals and other marine life.

An aerial view of the great barrier reef off the coast of Australia.

Photos by   Q.U.I and Yanguang Lan.

Coral in Color Theory

A mix of pink and orange, coral's complementary color is a bright teal. This should come as no surprise considering this color combo is the perfect beachy palette!

A line of Americana Acrylic paint bottles in coastal, beachy colors lined up to a painted beach ball necklace on a pile of sand.
Coral Cloud is a pastel version of our traditional vibrant coral color. You can still use it with bright blues, crisp whites, and sunshine yellows like you would a traditional coral or you can pair it with muted shades like jade greens, baby blues, and mellow neutrals for a dreamy and subdued version of this coastal favorite. If you need some inspiration check out these color palettes below using some DecoArt Projects.

Coral Color Palettes

This color-blocked vase is a great example of how coral isn't just for coastal decor. When paired with neutrals coral cloud is an elegant and subdued pink that works well with delicate greens.

An ornate vase is painted in a color block design using metallic gray, jet black, and soft coral.
Are you tired of traditional Christmas colors? Go playful and modern this year with coral cloud, turquoise blue, and punchy pinks. We love how vivacious this unconventional color palette is!

Modern, playful, and colorful christmas decor. Various vibrant colored pieces of paper are cut in a minimal christmas tree shape and placed on top of a wood round to create a bright forest.
Sunset orange and lime green make this the perfect summer palette. Coral cloud is light enough to function as an accent color when paired with more eye-catching colors.

A door wreath is made of wine corks painted and arranged to look like flowers.
Where We See Coral

Coral has been a hot color for a while, the warmth and vibrancy in coral's many shades make it a favorite color for livening up home decor and outdoor spaces.

Coral outdoor furniture
Just a pop of coral on a front door does wonders for the front porch!

Coral front doors
Coral can also be seen in fashion, primarily accent pieces. Like these ordinary wooden beads turned into a summery statement necklace.

Wood bead necklace.
Can't get enough coral? Try it for yourself by pairing coral cloud with your own favorite colors, you may just find your next favorite color combination. Here we have a list of DecoArt products that celebrate coral, all are available now on our website shop.decoart.com

A line-up of various DecoArt acrylic paints in the color coral.
DecoArt Products:

Americana® Acrylics in Coral Cloud, Coral, and Bright Coral
Extreme Sheen® in Coral
DecoArt® Multi-Surface Satin™ in Coral
Patio Paint™ in Coral
Americana® Pearls™ in Coral
SoSoft® Fabric Paint in Coral
DecoArt® Fluid Art Ready-To-Pour Acrylic™ in Coral
Patio Paint Outdoor® in Coral
Metallic Lustre™ in Coral
DecoArt® Glass Paint™ in Coral

Coral Projects

We've gathered up some of our favorite  DecoArt® projects inspired by coral. If you're looking for more color inspiration, be sure to follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest. Every week we post new and creative ways to use our color of the month as well as exciting craft and DIY projects. Happy making!