Living Coral, the Pantone color of the year 2019

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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 borrowed from the hidden beauty of the undersea, bringing into human spaces a beauty that was both rare and captivating.

It was not a hue that played on subtlety, even though it had a certain softness, nor one that invited to passive relaxation, even if it had a sort of contemplative vibe. Rather, it was an energizing color that instantly breathed life into interior spaces, demanded attention and colored the room with joy and playfulness.

Living Coral

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So how can you incorporate this shade into your interior designs today, 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.

Using Pantone color of the year 2019 as an accent wall color

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. 

Wallpaper with a white geometric pattern on a coral background

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.

Using Pantone color of the year 2019 in a bathroom as a delicate accent color

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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.Pantone color of the year 2019 captured into wall art

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.

Decorative pillow in pleasant coral shades

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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.

Using Pantone color of the year 2019 as an accent color by bringing a coral armchair into a neutral interior

Photo: Octagonal Coral Velvet Tub Chair from Graham & Green

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

Modern chair in coral

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 Pantone Color of the Year 2019 draws its charm and natural appeal.

Decorative pillow with coral-toned patterns

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