Friday, January 8, 2010

Coral For Everyone

No matter what style you consider your home to be: eclectic, modern, traditional, french; you've probably had your eye on a piece of coral or two as smart accessories for a table, shelf, or bookcase. They've been scattered across the pages of magazines from HouseBeautiful to Metropolitan Home (so sad they're gone), in the smallest and largest of collections.

With their free form nature and magnificent texture, along with the natural colors and rich hues of red that some coral posses, they are really art in and of themselves.

Rough but fragile, the juxtapose carried in one piece alone can sometimes bridge a gap in a room. Often, it's hard to imagine another accessory in its place.

And even though there must be a 1000 ways to display coral, they are always easily recognizable.

Coral can be expensive. Expensive, and extremely fragile - meaning, you may spend more time protecting it than enjoying it. But, better faux corals are so real to the touch, and far less expensive that more and more homes are sporting coral decor.

Mixed with other sealife, like shells and seafans gives a distinct beach look. But (as seen in the first picture) they can have a more elegant and artful effect when placed beneath a glass cloche atop a table or desk.

Recently though, I've seen more and more antique cabinets sporting coral decor.

It makes for the perfect perching object, and they (assumptive) stay well protected.

Now, again - real coral can be expensive - but well worth the money if it's a look you'd like to entertain this year.

These gorgeous antique bottles adorned with shells, dried sealife, and coral are the perfect addition to any room, and with a reasonable affordability, can accessorize a whole shelf for the price of one large piece of coral.

And if you're not afraid to go faux (like me) check out the faux pieces Target has this season. Modeled almost exactly after Zgallerie's faux coral line from a summer ago, they are real to the touch, very inexpensive, and the perfect compliment to real, more expensive coral pieces.