Say hello to a colour that should not be missing in any home in 2019!

Living Coral – an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge. This is 2019’s Pantone “Colour of the Year”.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of The Pantone Colour Institute, 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 connections, the humanising and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsible chord,” Eiseman said.

For 20 years, Pantone’s “Colour of the Year” has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product, packaging, and graphic design.

Living Coral Helps You Engage & Express

In an interview with House Beautiful, Eiseman said Living Coral is a very nurturing colour. “It’s one that you feel you can reach out and almost touch. It has a golden undertone so it has a warmth, and warm and inviting is something we like to hear in the home. It’s a colour you can imagine using in a comfort blanket to get away from the realities of the real world. It’s very humanising and very heartening, which is something we need a lot of in our world today, so it’s just a natural colour to help you engage and express in how you want your environment to feel.”

Naturalness In Common Rooms

The first rule to implement this colour in any home is to combine it with neutral tones, especially in large rooms of the house. Thus, the rooms that have features like light wood are the most suitable to fully fit into the properties in the Living Coral colour.

As a possible suggestion to give your home a makeover with such characteristics would be the living room or larger rooms with library – you can also include upholstered chairs in this colour and cushions on very light sofas. For those who decide to paint the walls with this tone, it is recommended that the room gets a lot of natural light and that the furniture is as minimalist as possible. (Source: Engel&Voelkers)

Playful Yet Inviting

Living Coral is the perfect fusion of modern playfulness and soothing calm; linking an internal scheme to the natural environment.

Living Coral is used as an accent shade to add warmth and homeliness to each room. In the living area of the house, for example, splashes of coral add a touch of luxury and magnetism, and the orange hues have become somewhat of a focal point in an otherwise neutral room.

For instance, coral pouffes (a piece of furniture used as a footstool or low seat) and cushions, with subtler accents around the room, such as orange flowers and ornaments on the shelves could be used to help tie the scheme together. Overall, the use of Living Coral should give the living room a playful yet inviting atmosphere. (Source: InteriorsBySarahWard)

Keep Calm With Living Coral

Remember, there is no need to go overboard. You don’t have to redecorate your whole home in tones of Living Coral. Pantone has put together 5 colour schemes each incorporating Living Coral. These palettes are a lovely collection of colours that illustrates how you can compliment and harmonise Living Coral with other colours in your home or interior.

Here are some examples of Living Coral-inspired interiors compiled by Marica Fick over at TheDesignTabloid:

Go for bold! Check out this gorgeous coral-navy-yellow colour combination. That mustard wall – wow – what a statement! (Source: Natalia Zubizarreta Interiorismo via El Mueble)

A colourful coral, pink and blue palette and custom furnishings outfit the quirky Breadway cafe and bakery in Ukraine, designed by Lera Brumina and Artem Trigubchak. (Source: Dezeen / Mikhail Loskutov)

Another excellent example of brightening an otherwise neutral-toned space with a few decorative items in shades of happy coral. (Source: West Elm)

Gorgeous selection of coral and pink paint samples. Imagine a room featuring all of these colour tones! (Source: Better Homes and Gardens)

Just a touch of coral in the decorative accessories is all that was needed to liven up this grey-tone living room. (Source: Natalia Zubizarreta Interiorismo /Felipe Scheffel Bell)

Add some playful interest to your walls with this fun and flirty mural! (Source: Anewall via Etsy)

Loving the bold coral and dark blue colour combination of the outside seating area of Cafe Stella in Los Angeles. (Source: Jessie Webster)

Ready for a bold statement and brave colour commitment? How about some coral on coral – walls, panelling, and built-in storage! Oh, and it looks so pretty combined with the shades of dusty pink of the bedding and gold accents. (Source: El Mueble)

Which of these examples will you be hoping to incorporate into your home? And while you’re here, click here to find out how you can make your perfect home a reality.