Photo: Pantone Color of the Year 2019 via

Following trends in fashion and decor, as well as industrial, product and graphic design, Pantone chose Living Coral as the 2019 Color of the Year. Happy and vibrant, this sunny hue borrows from the hidden beauty of the undersea, bringing into human spaces a beauty that is both rare and captivating.

It is not a hue that plays on subtlety, even though it has a certain softness, nor one that invites to passive relaxation, even if it has a sort of contemplative vibe. Rather, it is an energizing color that instantly breathes life into interior spaces, demands attention and colors the room with joy and playfulness.

Photo: Pantone Color of the Year 2019 via

So how can you incorporate this shade into your interior designs, and what is the effect you can obtain by doing it? As usual, you can create the strongest visual impact by using coral paint on your walls. This is a choice that goes well with white or gray furnishings and accents, or other soft neutrals that allow the coral to shine.

Do not assume this is a feminine hue. Combined with darker accents or restricted to a singular accent wall, coral is a dynamic choice for an elegant interior that can also please masculine tastes.

Photo: Celebrity by Crown Paint at House to Home UK via

Coral is spectacular when used in combination with geometric patterns, especially the ones in which white is the secondary color. The pair is both fresh and dramatic, as in the case of the trellis wallpaper below. 

Photo: Coral Trellis Wallpaper from

The best way to use such a combination without overwhelming your space is to combine it with white wainscoting, apply it only on an accent wall, or use it only in a small space like a bathroom.

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If not ready for such a dramatic change, yet anxious to bring coral shades into your space, small accent pieces are an easy and fast solution. Combine the color with images of corals – and you made your point.

Photo: Coral Wall Art Prints by Coco and James Home from

In a space where the main elements (from walls to furniture) are neutral, a single piece in a solid or patterned coral tone, such as a lamp or a decorative pillow, can change the entire mood and give the eye some rest. Remember that neutrals become tiring when not mixed every now and then with a dynamic shade. Coral is the perfect addition to such interiors.

Photo: Coral Outdoor Pillows via

If there is one piece of furniture that looks made for a coral shade is the armchair. There is nothing more inviting than a plush, velvety armchair designed in this exquisite color.

Photo: Octagonal Coral Velvet Tub Chair from Graham & Green

The color looks equally inviting when used in conjunction with more modern designs.

Photo: Bent Steel Chair Coral from Folly & Muse

Finally, in terms of color combinations, coral is making a fantastic pair with any kind of blue, from dark shades to turquoise. It is not surprising, after all. The color of corals and that of the sea are the power combination from which the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year draws its charm and natural appeal.

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