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.
Coral outdoor pillows toned down with warm tones and tan. Janus et Cie – Fibonacci
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.
Curated Kravet – Brush Strokes 20″ x 20″ $490
Renwil – Rosy Plumes 45″ x 60″ $358
A pale version in an abstract wallcovering pattern. Kravet by Kelly Wearstler – Graffito in Salmon/Cream $570/2 roll set
A peppy grasscloth texture. Thibaut Regatta Raffia in Pink Coral $340/double roll
Pale Salmon Walls – Southern Living – photo by Lauren W.Glenn
Living coral velvet – Daninoce.com.br (photo by @create.perfect)
Sumptuous hide rug with coral accents.
Kyle Bunting – Nice Rug 8′ dia. $5000 (available in other sizes, through your favorite designer)
For commercial interiors, we like pops of color in the furnishings like the chairs below.
Janus et Cie – Toledo in Flamenco
Kimball – Splendor
Breadway café in Odessa, Ukraine (via Design Milk)
The bakery’s sales area has more contrast and each color intensified since they are color wheel opposites. Breadway café – Odessa, Ukraine
What a difference an accent color makes! Notice the difference between the image above and below using a very close tone of coral.
Warm and subdued with neutral wood and deep marine at Omar’s Place, London – Sella Concept/Wilson Holloway (photo by Nicholas Worley)
Coral stone mixed with neutral marbles in a zigzag pattern under soft velvet pink ladyfinger chairs at the very chic London tea house.