Since seeing the Herbal Essences advert repeatedly recently, where Nicole Scherzinger reveals her beautiful ‘Moroccan My Shine’ hair along with a gorgeous coral dress and mint & coral earrings combo, it’s made me realise how popular mint & coral colour blocking has become.
These two potentially unlikely colours can actually be put together in such gorgeous ways, not only for fashion, but also for weddings, interiors and beauty. The mint & coral colour combination is so versatile and is perfect for Spring/Summer, that each time I see Nicole ‘swishing’ her gorgeous locks in the final scenes of that commercial, I think about how much I’d love to incorporate some more mint & coral into my life.
Just some of the gorgeous ways that I’ve recently seen this colour blocking trend applied are:
When looking for summer fashion and accessories, I’ve been surprised lately as to how much of it consists of mint & coral shades, but also how many mannequins or models in magazines I have seen wearing the two together.
Beautiful dresses can be matched with clashing colour blocks of the opposite colour. I’ve seen this work especially well with bridesmaids outfits for weddings (more on that later) but also I’ve seen some gorgeous short suits, like the one below on a recent runway show, which looks stunning with colour blocks in mint to layer the look. This shows how versatile the shades are and how well they can be worn together for formal occasions but also can be dressed casually, with jeans and accessories.
Swimwear has been an area where I’ve seen a lot of mint & coral colour blocking intermingled with in some cases, like this gorgeous swimsuit from Net-A-Porter, floral and checkered patterns. if I had a spare £265 to spend on one item of swimwear this summer, this would be the one! How beautifully designed is this! Stunning.
Accessories are another major way that mint & coral has been appearing in the fashion world. As mentioned at the top of this post, Nicole Scherzinger wore a beautiful coral dress together with mint & coral earrings in her recent Herbal Essences commercial and I think they looked stunning. The necklace above, available from Etsy, is really pretty. I love it’s vintage feel with the mint droplet, coral bead, gold chain and gold leaf detail. It’s so feminine and charming.
Spring/summer weddings and especially those held outdoors would look beautiful using a mint & coral theme. One of the most effective ways to add this gorgeous theme would be in the flowers. Beautiful coral peonies or roses, teamed with eucalyptus would look stunning in a bouquet and the same could be placed on the tables, in tall mint coloured vases.
I also love the idea of bringing colour into a wedding through the bridesmaids dresses and as demonstrated below, a mixture of coral and mint dresses make a great combination. Not all the bridesmaids have to be dressed in the same colour either, as this shows. A mixture actually looks way more fun!
Fabrics and decorations can also be a great way to bring mint & coral to your big day. How about fun coloured bunting or fabric tied on to the backs of chairs?
I love experimenting with a little coloured eye shadow and with the mint & coral colour scheme, you will notice that you don’t just have to combine the two on the eyes, but you can use one on the eyes and the other on the lips.
Take the look below which combines a mint/aqua shadow with coral coloured lips. On fair skin like this, the combination really pops and with coral coloured finger nails as well, the look is complete!
You can also take the theme to the extreme and combine both mint & coral on the eyes, as per this gorgeous example. Don’t you just wish you had her eyes?! There are a number of shadows used here from what I can tell and with the coral on the lids and mint in the inner corners, it really makes her eye pop and appear more open and bright. I love this look!
Mint & coral nails have also been quite a popular trend over the last year or so. Just last summer I combined mint polish with a baby pink, which is very similar and this summer, coral seems to have replaced the pink and and is definitely something I will be trying!
With an imminent house move, I am considering changing up some of the colours of our new house and mint & coral is at the top of my list. I’ve already started creeping the odd bunch of flowers into our house in these shades but in our new house I would love to be a little more adventurous and experiment with the two colours on larger pieces of furniture of soft furnishings (if I can get it passed by my hubby of course!)
Cushions are of course the most obvious way to change your interior colour scheme without too much expense. Dunelm always have a mass of cushions at reasonable prices, so I’ll be sure to consider a trip there.
Alternatively if you’re feeling brave, updating a key piece of furniture like your sofa, is a great way to bring colour into your living space. I love this velvet sofa from Loaf, which they say is green, but is def a minty shade and would look stunning with a variety of coral cushions!
I also really like the idea of up-cycling some old dinning table furniture to accommodate this fun colour scheme. These chairs above are gorgeous painted in coral. And if you get bored of them, you can just paint over them!
With so many ways of wearing or styling this colour combination, it will be really hard for me not to get crazy but I’m going to be sure to bring it into my life somewhere.
I’m already crazy about coral, so why not go one step further! How about you?