Teal and Coral: Aquarium Inspiration

Yesterday I went to the aquarium with my children and lovely mother-in-law. It was beautiful to watch how excited my daughter was at ever new site and even my seven-month-old son was transfixed. I too was inspired.

The Vancouver aquarium is feauturing different species of jellyfis right now.

The Vancouver aquarium is feauturing different species of jellyfis right now.

Coral and starfish

My mind is always working at how to relate my daily experiences to interior design and today the question that came to mind was, “what does an aquarium themed room look like?” As soon as the word “theme” crossed my mind I shuttered. To me, themes are for kids rooms, and even then I don’t like them.

So I changed my question to, “what does an aquarium schemed room look like.” And by scheme, I mean colour scheme. Immediately the colours teal and coral came to mind (a direct complementary colour scheme: blue-green and red-orange). Ah, much better than gluing sand to a wall (trauma from my childhood). From subtle to bold, these rooms are beautiful:

The subtle coral accessories are great and would be easy to change out if you wanted a different accent colour.

The subtle coral accessories are great and would be easy to change out if you wanted a different accent colour.

Bold and beautiful. I love caned chairs.

Bold and beautiful. The wallpaper is stunning and those chairs with the geometric back, loving it.

I'm inspired. I want to do something like this in a few years for my daughter's big girl room someday.

I’m inspired. I want to do something like this for my daughter’s big girl room someday.

Simple but elegant. A room after my own heart. So easy to change your colour scheme when it's just art and pillows. Perfect if you are a  colour-phobe like me.

Simple but elegant. A room after my own heart. So easy to change your colour scheme when it’s just art and pillows. Perfect if you are a colour-phobe like me.

I love round pedestal tables, especially with chairs that don't match.

I love round pedestal tables, especially with chairs that don’t match.

Here are some gorgeous accessories I found to go with the colour scheme.

Decorative orgigami ball from Meligami on etsy.

Decorative origami ball from Meligami on etsy.

Love these vintage painted frames for a gallery wall.

Love these vintage painted frames for a gallery wall.

Throw pillows from etsy (tons of different coral and teal prints to be found!)

Throw pillows from etsy (tons of different coral and teal prints to be found!)

Have I mentioned yet that I'm in love with painted vintage finds like this mirror?

Have I mentioned yet that I’m in love with painted vintage finds like this mirror?

Even unpainted vintage rocks sometimes.

Even unpainted vintage rocks sometimes.

With images of lovely coral and teal flitting through my mind it was easy to pick my outfit for my dinner and dancing date with the hubby last night. They say that your dress is a reflection of your decor taste. I guess its true.

The coral is there,  just subtly on my lips, eyes, nails, and earrings.

The coral is there, just subtly on my lips, eyes, nails, and earrings.

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3 Responses to Teal and Coral: Aquarium Inspiration

  1. Caitlin

    I adore turquoise. I was in Santa Fe last year and most of their buildings are adobe houses in lovely reddy-orange tones. Often they accent the buildings with turquoise / teal. Like this: http://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large/santa-fe–adobe-window-and-light-frank-romeo.jpg
    I’d move to Santa Fe in a heartbeat so I could paint my window frames with teal.

    • Can’t paint your window frames teal in Australia? Though I guess it goes with a certain style of house best. Gorgeous with the adobe. I love the look in that picture you sent, thanks!

      • Caitlin

        Haha! You know, as I was typing that I looked out my window thinking exactly that “why couldn’t I paint the windows teal?” But all the houses in my street are Victorian style terraces painted in historically accurate colours. I feel like the neighbours would complain. My landlord would probably be furious too 😉

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