A few months ago, color authority Pantone announced its 2019 Color of the Year, and I can't imagine a better shade to take us into the spring. The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, play styles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.
Without further ado, I give you: Living Coral! In the words of Pantone “Vibrant, yet mellow Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment. It is an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.”
So how can one incorporate this color in interiors? While it is no doubt a bold shade – and the obvious star in the room – it looks remarkably good with just about any wood tone. Furthermore, it seems to enhance our skin tones. Simply put, it's flattering and it makes us look and feel good! So definitely a shade to consider for entertaining spaces.
Shades of green and blue are among the best choices for complementary colors to Living Coral. Think of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, evocative of how coral reefs embrace with their warmth and nourishment and provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of colorful sea life.
If that's just too much for you, consider one focal point in Living Coral, surrounded by loads of white and neutral shades. A touch of black will ground your color scheme and prevent things from looking too dainty.
And speaking of neutrals: look how chic this color looks when combined with camel and tobacco colors – warm and inviting, and evocative of old-world timeless luxury.
When looking at the psychology of colors, orange and peach shades support creative energies so they are best used in spaces where creativity is most needed. They also promote playful expression, optimism, and fuel the appetite – so use coral in the dining room to get guests feeling hungry!
Since coral has a golden undertone, it perfectly complements either brushed or shiny gold touches, as well as various shades of yellow, orange, henna and terracotta. Think of it as a modern take on the southwestern look – vibrant and mellow indeed!