How to Decorate with Living Coral, Pantone's Color of the Year 2019

More and more companies launch their color of the year during the last weeks of the year, or immediately at the beginning of the new year. PANTONE’s Color of the Year stays the one where the whole design world is waiting for.

PANTONE describes their color of the year Living Coral as an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.

Pantone  Color of the Year 2019

Pantone Color of the Year 2019

“Color is an equalizing 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 connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial PANTONE Living Coral hit a responsive cord. “

Leatrice Eiseman

Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute

Pantone’s Color of the Year is influencing each years multiple industries, including fashion, interior design, graphic design. The Pantone Color Institute has their experts looking for trends and other influences around the world. They are curious to see what new artist show to the public, new lifestyles, trendy travel destinations, film industry.

Pantone  Color of the Year 2019 - staircase with ombre effect via  Remodaholic

Pantone Color of the Year 2019 - staircase with ombre effect via Remodaholic

I must honestly say that this vibrant, yet mellow Living Coral is not my preferred color, and I was even thinking of skipping to write a blog post about it this year. But than I thought I always tell my students to get out of their comfort zone and try to find a way to work with certain styles or colors, because you never know, you will discover something new and maybe at the end you will even like it.

Lets see how you can use Living Coral in your home.

entrance hall via  Target  - flower image via  Pinterest

entrance hall via Target - flower image via Pinterest

Living Coral in combination with white is giving a fresh summer look. It will make us dream of tropical climates and gorgeous sunsets. It will stand out, bring an eclectic touch to the room. Living Coral is a very feminine color which can look bold or fragile depending on the materials you use.

bathroom tiles via  Bloglovin’  - bathroom furniture via  One Kindesign

bathroom tiles via Bloglovin’ - bathroom furniture via One Kindesign

Living Coral will fit well in the bathroom. When we start thinking of colors for the bathroom we will think of white, bleu tones or light green tones. Living Coral is a much warmer choice for this room. Fresh with all the white ceramics in the room, add wood to for more warmer touch. Wood is always a very good choice to bring warmth in the house.

kitchen table via  Tumblr  - books via  Roomed

kitchen table via Tumblr - books via Roomed

Living Coral can be to vibrant and maybe you like more a rustic country style, in that case combine it with a soft olive color. A patina on the furniture will make the color also softer for the eye and it will brighten up the more natural colors in the room without being to colorful.

bedroom via  By Mölle  - hanging lamp  Lights  - Bahia wallpaper  Thibaut

bedroom via By Mölle - hanging lamp Lights - Bahia wallpaper Thibaut

Living Coral is a warm and nourishing color, providing comfort. The golden undertone of this shade will make you day dream. A comfort blanket in this color will get you away from the realities of the real world. So combining Living Coral with gold or warm beige tones is an easy match, working well in the bedroom. The golden tone will bring an idea of sunshine in the room in the morning, even on a grayish day.

Reva Basket in nursery  Olliela  - balloons via  Yatzer  - knitting yarn via  Universaly Yarn

Reva Basket in nursery Olliela - balloons via Yatzer - knitting yarn via Universaly Yarn

Living Coral can be a very good option for the accessories and the accents in the neutral colored nursery. Perfect combination with ivory, light grey and light beige tones. The nursery should be a peaceful space for the newborn to sleep. They are very sensitive for colors, so don’t use bright colors. For babies in the womb, coral and peach tones are the first colors they get to know, from the light permeating the mother’s skin. The color will reassure them.

image with flowers via  South Shore Decorating Blog  - dining room via  Bloglovin’

image with flowers via South Shore Decorating Blog - dining room via Bloglovin’

Living Coral is an optimistic color, joyful with a desire for playful expression. Go for a bold combination. Green is fresh match which will make the color stand out even more. A combination we will find back in nature, bringing a fun, spontaneous and exotic vibe into your home. Other bold colors can be added in smaller amounts, such as pillows, art on the wall or simply a bouquet of flowers.

kitchen via  Honetslywtf  -  KitchenAid  - black orchisds via  Tumblr

kitchen via Honetslywtf - KitchenAid - black orchisds via Tumblr

Living Coral pairs very well with dark blue, being a complementary color. The dark blue will make the Living Coral stand out, a dynamic combination.

Moroccan plates  Coco Morocco  - jewelry via  Tumblr  - candle holders via  Pinterest

Moroccan plates Coco Morocco - jewelry via Tumblr - candle holders via Pinterest

Living Coral makes me think of the aged walls of the Moroccan Medina. Black and white will bring in some contrast. Beautiful ceramics or black metal for wire furniture, lamps, hardware will bring a modern ethnic touch to your indoor or outdoor space.

How to combine Living Coral

  • with white for a crips summery look

  • with black for an ethnic inspired room

  • with gold or warm beige tones for a relaxing atmosphere

  • with olive for a rustic country style

  • with light grey and natural tones for a peaceful nursery

  • with green for an exotic vibe

  • with dark bleu for a more dramatic touch

  • with wood for a comforting ambiance

How to add Coral Living to your room

  • accent wall for bold statement

  • accessories to bring a summery look

  • upholstery of an accent chair

  • flowers

  • just a small spot of Living Coral will go far

How would you decorate with Living Coral?

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