At the end of each year, people wait with bated breath and excitement as the global authority on colour, PANTONE, reveals the Color of the Year. December 2018 was no different, with the enthusiasm and buzz growing in anticipation of its announcement. Finally, Living Coral (also known as PANTONE 16-1546) was crowned the colour for 2019 – instantly setting the tone for trends into the new year.
“Colours speak all languages” – Joseph Addison
Living Coral is a pinkish, peachy shade that embraces warmth, vibrancy and light-hearted buoyancy. Best described as an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.
Without taking itself too seriously, it was chosen for its playful expression and kick of liveliness. Although often elusively found underwater, this coral colour perfectly embodies our fascination with, and the energising aspects of colour found in nature.
With so many colours to choose from, why Living Coral?
PANTONE considered a colour that would speak to the fusion of modern life with digital technology. Simultaneously vibrant and mellow, Living Coral is a nurturing colour that appears in nature, but also creates a lively presence on social media. It somehow represents an appealing shade of connection and brings a feeling of welcome optimism.
Choosing the Colour of the Year.
With endless options to choose from, PANTONE chooses their Colour of the Year by looking at different colour influences around the globe. Colour psychology, seasonal forecasts and trend analysis, (including what’s happening in fashion, art, travel, design and what’s currently capturing the world’s attention) make up the elements for selecting the colour.
The process requires immense research and thoughtful consideration as the Colour of the Year has become increasingly powerful in shaping design, brand and fashion trends, and therefore influencing public perspective in the year to come.
Leveraging the power of colour.
Incorporating Living Coral into your décor and lifestyle is easy and could be just the thing you’re looking for to zhoosh up your style. Adding a bold colour to your current interior scheme is a great way of trying something new. As a statement or accent piece, it brings in a contemporary and modern feel, without having to overhaul your entire look to suit the trend.
Coral blends well with warm and cool colours. And while its base compliments natural, earthy and floral looks, it also stands up to modern and industrial styles.
Here are tips on how to feature Living Coral and add a touch of bright and cheerful colour to your space and your look, without breaking the bank or embarking on a complete makeover.
If you’re ready for a change and feeling bold, a statement wall creates a welcoming atmosphere and breathes new life into a space.
If you’re in the market for new furniture, spruce up your interior with pieces or upholstery in a coral hue, with a luxury feel. If your DIY skills are good enough, turn tired tables and chairs into up-to-date functional art by repainting them or covering them with coral-coloured fabrics.
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Cheer up your bedroom with bright and bold bedding, pillows, rugs or curtains. Why not make a statement as you step into slumber? Adding coral accents and focal points to a neutral room works particularly well to create an inviting and comforting atmosphere.
The easiest and most economical way to bring colour into your space is to add touches of it to existing elements. A pop of colour, whether subtle or bright, can make a big impact on the overall look and feel of a room. It adds depth to your scheme, creates balance, and can bring the whole look together.
Look out for Living Coral in fashion, design and jewellery and makeup in the coming months. Your wardrobe is about to get more attitude. For some creative inspiration, here’s how to incorporate it into your lifestyle.
Shake up your make-up. Coral has always been a popular shade that suits all skin tones, but this year, Living Coral is taking your colour collection to a whole new level. See our selection of coral inspiration to brighten up your look.
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