Living Coral was announced as Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year. Having been captivated by technology over the past decade, we’ve connected to the world online, yet often feel isolated and less connected. This color conveys both warmth and optimism through its use. We’ve seen it used in clothing, lip colors, branding, nail color, and almost every website banner recently.
This hue is a beautiful mix of orange and pink creating a lively and happy color. We’ve seen the essence of this color go from very pale salmon color to a vibrant pink, to an orange-red and even rust. Being analogous on the color wheel, these colors coordinate very well within the same space creating an almost desert sunset palette.
If you think it is trending more toward the feminine, it can be used as a small accent with a combination of neutrals to pull it back down to earth, like olive, concrete, bark, gray, and marine.
So how can Living Color be used? We love it as an accent wall color or as a pop of color in a piece of art for a home.
Sumptuous hide rug with coral accents.
For commercial interiors, we like pops of color in the furnishings like the chairs below.
What a difference an accent color makes! Notice the difference between the image above and below using a very close tone of coral.
Coral stone mixed with neutral marbles in a zigzag pattern under soft velvet pink ladyfinger chairs at the very chic London tea house.
Lively Coral used in the floor tile below (bottom right corner) and neutralized by neutral woods and tones.
There are so many gorgeous renditions of this color and many applications it can be used. From paint to fabric to stone to art, it’s warm and vibrant and endlessly mixed. Do you like this year’s color of the year? Not sure how to incorporate it into your space? Let us know in the comments below.
Written by Emilie Kyle
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