Pantone Color of the Year 2019 :: Coral Living Inspiration

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Chances are that you may have heard that the Pantone Color Institute announced their color of the year 2019 as Living Coral (PANTONE 16-1546). Is it a forecast? Hardly! I think it’s definitely a hue that follows the current trends and a mood for an optimistic decade closure. Nonetheless, the impact of this announcement will definitely be felt and seen in both décor and design. Obviously, that includes the fashion industry that has embraced this hue since last spring. So, let’s check out this color in a collage of images and then I hope you tell me what you think of it.

A collage of images inspired by Pantone's announcement of Living Coral as the Color of the Year 2019.
All images on Unsplash. From top left going clockwise: Gus Moretta, Artem Gavrysh, Robert Katzki, Andrej Lisakov, Anastasia Dulgier, Clem Onojeghuo, Cristian Palmer
A striking wallpaper with a black background and a coral colored flower pattern. A bed with coral colored bedding is in the foreground. Image by Mindthegap.
Image by Mindthegap
Another striking wallpaper with a coral reef pattern used in a bathroom. Image by Mindthegap.
Image by Mindthegap. What do you think of this wallpaper with a living coral print? Awesome, right?!

Although this orange hue with golden undertones may appear more pinkish to most of you, make no mistake that it is an orange color. As such, I instinctively have kept a refrained attitude towards it. In other words, I didn’t jump up and down from joy at the sound of the announcement, for orange is not my hue. Why? I’m not entirely sure, but even though orange is part of nature’s color spectrum, I don’t like super dosages of it everywhere. I like to use it as a pop accent instead. And this brings me to my next point. This microtrend will flood over with coral hues just about everywhere and that is a bit too overwhelming for me considering that I’m no fan of orange.

A sofa in a coral color. Image by John Lewis.
Image by John Lewis
On the left a coral throw. On the right images of a teapot and a mug with a flower print on them on a coral background. All images by Amara.
Images by Amara

Anyway, even at the risk of sounding like I’m bragging, I have to say that I saw this coming. Just like I see many other pastels brewing in the background before they resurface after their distinct absence of more than two decades. Now, don’t get me wrong, this coral hue is a very energetic color, vibrant and quite striking when used as an accent against a contrasting background (see the wallpapers above). Therefore, it pairs really well with colors like teal, blues, and purples. But it also goes well with forest green, rusty and mustard hues.

A mustard velvet armchair with a forest green bag atop and a coral scarf seem to fuse really well together colorwise. Image by Dorothy Perkins.
Image by Dorothy Perkins

A tip to note when it comes to color coordination is that if you pick a saturated version of this hue, then use saturated contrasting hues to keep it balanced. If on the other hand you use a desaturated coral hue, then again use desaturated color pairings.

The tone of the coral hue will dictate the overall tonal scheme. As a vibrant, warm color it has the power to make a scheme more or less engaging depending on its tone. And that’s where the other pastels come in. For if you do decide to go for a color scheme with a desaturated coral as the protagonist, then pastel colors like pistachio and pastel yellows and blues will inevitably join.

A set with an rusty accent wall in the background, a blue sofa with decorative pillows on it and a nest of three side tables in various pop colors that fuse in this ensemble. Image by Next.
Image by Next

Now when it comes to fashion, introducing a color like coral is a lot easier than in décor. Fashions come and go much faster. So many celebrities have already embraced it and wearing it proudly for this will be one of the “it” colors of the up-coming spring-summer season. Obviously, in this fast-pace changing world we live in, it scores well for them if they wear it first before anyone else (but that’s another story because to me style is not about who wears what first, but how you wear something that resonates the best of you).

I love this whole outfit: coral puffed jacket, sweater and leggings. Image by Matalan.
Image by Matalan. Notice the puffed jacket in coral from the fall-winter season campaign.
A long dress from the spring campaign of Paperdolls in coral. Image by Paperdolls.
Image by Paperdolls. A coral jumpsuit from the new spring-summer collection.
A retro looking one piece swim suit from the up coming summer collection in coral and black polka dots. Image by JDWilliams.
Image by JDWilliams. A swim suit from the up-coming spring-summer collection.

I will pause here for today, for I don’t want to get into spring clothing just yet. I promise, there’s more coming up real soon.

I know that this is a very busy season for all of you, but I sincerely hope you make the most out of this holiday season.

Keep smiling, xo

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