Living Coral – Pantone Colour Of The Year 2019

Pantone have just announced their colour of 2019 and it’s….. Living Coral?!? Immediately it conjures up bridesmaid dresses, all twee and meringue like or a nail varnish that gets left unused in your makeup bag. Anyone remember 2018’s colour of the year? Nope? I certainly do as I remember recoiling back in horror when it was announced. Purple? In decor? Never. Not on your Nelly! Ultra Violet it seemed would be appearing in all our homes, as Pantone explained “it’s truly a reflection of what is needed in our world today”. Not in my world thank you very much!

Oooof. My eyes!
living coral pantone colour 2019
From Purple to Orange? Orangey Pink? It’s Living Coral

Pantone Colour of the Year

So, who are Pantone? It began as a commercial printing company in the 1950s in New York and Pantone came into being when its founder, Lawrence Herbert created a system for identifying and matching colours for the print and textile design industries. It is Pantone’s Color Institute that makes the predictions of what colour we will be seeing everywhere in the coming year and is often controversial.

But let’s face it, as the old adage says, there’s no such thing as bad publicity (except your own obituary) and the cynic in me often wonders if they try to go for outrageous colours to make headlines. Who wants to write about Magnolia?

Are you like me and take about 6 months to choose a shade of white?

Living Coral

I like the colour Coral, I feel it doesn’t take itself too seriously and it reminds me of summer; bikinis, Tequila Sunrises and those over filtered Instagram travel accounts. Is it a Red? Orange? Peach? It sits quite nicely in between all three, not as subdued as Peach but not as shouty as Orange. It’s a great summer colour for the fashion world and celebrities worldwide, it seems, are already embracing the trend. Personally, I can’t wear the colour. It makes me look like a pig in a blanket!

Living coral in fashion

How do we use this colour in home decor?

So, it got me thinking, how would you implement Coral into home decor? I think Living Coral is too strong to go for a sofa or large piece of furniture in this colour, but I think it is perfect to add a bit of brightness and character to a room when we’ve spent the Winter months honing our inner Scandi monochrome look. You wouldn’t be able to paint the whole room, four walls of this colour and after a few minutes it would feel like an orange had swallowed you whole.

I recently went to the Grand Designs Live Show and the showpiece kitchen that won the design award Here are a few of my favourite coral homewares out there.

Some beautiful coral pieces
  1. Wisteria Wallpaper Coral by Pearl Lowe – Wood Chip and Magnolia

  2. Ostrich Feather Floor Lamp in Coral –

  3. Wild Wood Paper Lampshade in Pink Lemonade

  4. Pink Embroidered Geometric cushion – Cult Furniture

  5. Scandinavian Pink – Annie Sloan

  6. Scattered Fern Cushion – Clarissa Hulse

  7. Coral Brushed Cotton Bed –

  8. Darwin Sofa – Darlings of Chelsea

  9. Blanket Throw in Coral – Hurn and Hurn

  10. Eames Style chair in Coral – Danetti

  11. Juju Hat in Dusty Peach – Audenza

  12. Aztec Diamond cushion in Blush Pink – Cult furniture

With some of these products in mind, I created a mood board for a Living Coral inspired living room. As coral is such a bright and edgy colour, I would keep the rest of the room quite calm and natural. Think off white walls (perhaps Little Greene Holly Hock) with cream carpets or an oversized rug with stripped back wooden floors. I also think this is a beautiful colour when matched with wicker or rattan pieces which is perfect for the upcoming Spring/Summer season and can easily brighten up your garden.

Keep the main theme of the room neutral and add pops of coral to it
  1. Brass Planter with Stand – Audenza

  2. Woman with Flowers – Society6

  3. Mid Century Bookcase – West Elm

  4. Oscar Sofa In Canvas –

  5. Ligne Roset Toa Armchair – Ligne Roset

  6. Gold Luxe Round Drinks Trolley – Audenza

  7. Soleil Gold Plant Stand – Audenza

  8. Areca Palm – Ikea

  9. Vardo White Sand Rug – Modern Rugs

  10. Poste Coffee Table – Loaf

The colour Coral has been on my spectrum for a while now, I have cushions and throws in this colour dotted about the house and although I am definitely partial to a bit of blue and green, I love how this colour injects a bit of summer into a space. There are also a few other homes out there that love to use the colour Coral and here are a few of my favourites.

How I have previously styled Coral in my home
The beautiful Coral bed by
A coral inspired small office space by

I could definitely get on board with Living Coral, much more so than Ultra Violet. I think it is easy to incorporate it into your home and hopefully we will see it more throughout 2019. How will you add it to your home?

Mel x

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