Pantone Colour of the Year 2019
  • By Alick
  • In Inspiration
  • Posted Dec 17 2018

It’s that time of year again. Colour experts Pantone have revealed that their 2019 colour of the year is Living Coral and is designed to reflect the “innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits.” The colour is described as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.”

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute had this to say about 2019’s colour of the year – “Colour is an equalising lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral. With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanising and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive chord.”

Pantone Living Coral

How to use it in your home

We’re still a little dazzled by 2018’s Colour of the year Ultra Violet and Living Coral is no different. For those of you looking for a more subtle colour scheme, we wouldn’t suggest splashing Living Coral over all four walls. Instead, try the following methods to incorporate it into your interior design.

  • Create a trendy feature wall
  • Feature walls are an excellent way to change the feel of a room and with its gold undertone; Living Coral is perfect for creating a cosy atmosphere in your home. In the summer it’s a warm orange sunset and in the winter it’s an earthy terracotta shade. Using Living Coral over one or two walls can create an eye-catching feature that doesn’t overwhelm the room.

  • Accessorise
  • This is an excellent way to include Living Coral in your colour scheme without disrupting your existing décor or overpowering your senses. Swap cushion covers, re-pot your plants into coral pots, add orange based artwork to neutral walls or use faux plants like the peony tree, sunflower stem and wild rose tree.

  • In the garden
  • This energising colour doesn’t have to remain in your interior. Breathe some life into your outdoor space through orange pots and copper garden accessories. Try growing marigolds, tulips, gerbera daisies or orange begonias as a way to include Living Coral in your garden.

  • Add a statement piece
  • If you’re feeling brave you can use Living Coral all over your home in furniture, appliances and accessories. Depending on how much you like it, you can add standout pieces of furniture to liven up a room. Paint, re-cover or purchase an item in the colour of the year for a contemporary look that adds interest and excitement to your space.

Living Coral with Blue

Complimentary colours

When looking for complimentary colours, the key is to take inspiration from nature. Blue really makes Living Coral pop just like it would in the ocean. Add it to your décor through small accessories like vases, art and plants like the artificial agapanthus or pansy viola bush.

Another recently popular colour in interior design is grey. Try mixing this with Living Coral for a simple yet stylish look that won’t go out of fashion any time soon. You can also add in small amounts of metallics like bronze and silver for a modern finish.

If you’re looking to really switch up your interior décor, Pantone have released five stylish colour palettes that feature Living Coral. Either add these through accessories or if you’re feeling confident, go all out with a paintbrush.

Coral Reef

Deeper Meaning

The word ‘living’ brings us to think about the condition of the world’s coral reefs. With society becoming more and more aware of its environmental impact, Living Coral draws attention to the devastating effect we have on coral reefs. It’s a colour which has the potential to provoke action which is needed now more than ever when it comes to saving coral reefs.

Previous Colours of the Year

2018 Ultra Violet

In 2018 we’ve seen Ultra Violet take over catwalks, magazines, interior design and even floristry. If you loved this year’s colour of the year, you can still incorporate it into your design with faux plants like the gorgeous amethyst bouquet, lavender barrel and wisteria tree.

2017 Greenery

Greenery was definitely our favourite when it comes to Pantone’s previous choices! It was a refreshing shade that enabled us to reconnect with nature’s natural hue and encouraged interior designers and those alike to include artificial plants such as the green stem bamboo and Boston fern into their designs.

Round up

We’re big admirers of 2019’s Living Coral, even if it might be a little bold for everyday use. It’s an optimistic and inviting colour that sets the mood for the year ahead and there’s plenty of ways you can integrate it into your existing décor without overpowering your space.
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