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How to use Pantone’s 2019 COTY Living Coral in your home

Pantone COTY Living Coral Buying Guide3

Each year, the interior design community waits in anticipation for colour giant Pantone’s announcement of its Colour of the Year.

This year, many sighed with relief when Living Coral, a warm energising peachy-orange with ‘life-affirming’ golden undertones, was determined as the COTY choice for 2019.

“Colour is an equalising lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities, and this is particularly true for Living Coral,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute. “With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanising and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive chord.”

While 2018’s Ultraviolet (a vivid purple-blue) may have been more challenging for any more than an accent shade, Living Coral gives us plenty of scope to embrace this delightful hue in many areas of the home. Chosen by Pantone to symbolise our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuit, it embodies our desire for playful expression.

Living Coral on Your Walls

In a child’s room, bathroom or hallway, consider embracing all four walls in this cheerful hue with tonal accents of berry, rust, blush pink or nude shades for a look that’s warm and welcoming. Try Valspar’s Flamboyant Flamingo, Dulux’s Bongo Jazz or Earthborn’s Fruit Salad to really embrace the trend.

For a more muted feel, Dulux’s Copper Blush or Farrow & Ball’s Red Earth are great alternatives. The terracotta shades will bring to mind desert landscapes. Consider combining these wall colours with earthy shades and neutral textures for a bohemian vibe that’s all about comfort and calm.

Living Coral as an Accent

An easier option for embracing any colour trend is to pull in accessories that harmonise with what you may already have. If you’re working with neutral colours, a pop of coral will energise the space without overwhelming the senses.

If you enjoy rooms with an energetic feel, consider combining coral with it’s opposite on the colour wheel. Rich teal blues or navy will marry beautifully with the shade, bringing out its warming properties.

Consider Peach as an Alternative

If Living Coral is simply too vivid for you to consider, why not look at a less saturated version? Peach is a beautiful twist on this trend and combines easily with other warm shades that are set to be popular in 2019.

Peach harmonises surprisingly well with cooler shades of blue, can be spiced up with mustard tones or combined with burgundy and pinks for a tonal, calming look.


Buying Guide Sources: (in feature image): 1 - Rug  / 2 - Pendant / 3 - Paint Colour / 4 - Tea Kettle / 5 - Vase / 6 - Vase  / 7 - Plate Set / 8 - Feather Wall Accent / 9 – Cushion / 10 -  Wall Mural

Kitchen image source: Swoon Worthy / Coral cushion image: Clarissa Hulse