For the past 20 years, the Pantone Color Institute has chosen a Color of the Year based on careful research of color influences and trends across a variety of industries. The organization has announced Living Coral as the 2019 Color of the Year. This cheerful shade is a perfect blend of nature-inspired oranges, pinks, and reds with a golden undertone. The Pantone color experts believe that the spirited, engaging nature of Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity.

Laurie Pressman, vice president of Pantone’s color consulting unit, explains that the Pantone Color of the Year isn’t a trends forecast. “It’s a reflection of what’s taking place. It’s a color snapshot symbolic of what’s taking place in the culture at a moment in time,” she says. In 2018, the coral hue appeared in fashion, furniture, home interiors, corporate branding, and even tech gadgets.

If you’re wondering what other colors work well with Living Coral, fear not! Pantone has created five different palettes featuring the 2019 Color of the Year. They are as follows:

Focal Point – Aptly named, Living Coral becomes the focal point of this palette. It provides a pop of color to this understated and upscale group of earth tones.

Shimmering Sunset – One look at this color scheme, and you’ll understand why it was given its name. It features the bold and brilliant pinks and yellows that fill the sky as the sun sets.

Sympatico – This color palette was designed to pay homage to skin tones around the world. It is comprised of complimentary coral, pink, and sand shades.

Trippy – The boldest of the color palettes, Trippy features a range of joyful colors, including bright blues, chartreuse, deep pink, and purple. It conveys a fun and spontaneous vibe.

Under the Sea – The Living Coral color palette options wouldn’t be complete without one that suggests a tropical island paradise. This compilation features blues, greens, and yellows from our naturally vivid and colorful underwater ecosystem.

Coral is a welcoming and optimistic color, which is why it works well in home décor. So, how can you incorporate the color into your home? Here are a few ideas:

Paint & Wall Coverings

While you may be able to paint an entire bedroom or powder room in Living Coral, the shade is probably overly feminine or too bold to use as the main wall color in other rooms in your home. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add the brightness of coral to your space. If you have tile or paneling on the lower half of your wall (as shown in the photo above), use coral paint on the top half of your wall. Or choose patterned wallpaper that includes coral color.


A coral colored upholstered chair or sofa is an inviting addition to a living room with a neutral color scheme. Wooden furniture in your home can also be painted in Living Coral. Consider creating a focal point for your room by painting your kitchen chairs, a desk, or dresser in your favorite shade of coral. The kitchen shown here uses the Under the Sea color palette with sky blue walls and coral chairs to create a lively space.

Rugs, Window Treatments & Bedding

Incorporating an area rug that features coral in its pattern will brighten any room of your home. As mentioned earlier, bedrooms and bathrooms are ideal for this year’s energetic color. If painting the walls in Living Coral is too much for you, choose fun bedding, colorful curtains, or plush towels for your space.


Lamps and lighting fixtures are another way to bring Living Coral into your space. Choose bright pendants for your kitchen or a bold table lamp for your living room or bedroom. The David Trubridge design (shown above on right) features coral color on the inside of a Natural Bamboo Plywood pendant for a more subtle pop of color.


If you just want to sprinkle a little of this year’s color into your space, consider adding coral hued candles, throw pillows, picture frames, or art pieces. Add coral seat cushions to a desk chair, breakfast nook, or (in a few months from now!) your patio furniture. You can also add a splash of color to your kitchen with coral colored utensils, dishes, or small appliances.

Best advice? Don’t be afraid to work this cheerful color into your décor. We can all use a little more brightness and optimism in our lives!

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