Pantone Colour of the Year

Pantone’s Colour of the Year has arrived and Living Coral is here to make some noise!

Not for the faint-hearted, Living Coral takes a lot of guts to decorate with. And that’s where I come in, to show you how this perfect blend of pink and orange can be used in the everyday home, with a designer touch of course!

What is Pantone & the Colour of the Year?

Pantone is a standardised colour matching system which uses a unique numbering system to identify colours. Pantone is used across many industries and is the standard language for colour communication for many designers. Every year, Pantone uses its research and analysis to select a colour than encapsulates the year to come.

Why was Living Coral chosen?

Pantone explains that the 2019 Colour of the Year is “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge. Representing the fusion of modern life, Pantone Living Coral is a nurturing colour that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.”

What colours can I use Living Coral with?

Coral is a bold shade to work with, but when paired with the right palette it can be a welcome addition to any home. According to the colour wheel (a handy tool that all designers are trained to use) teal shades complement coral perfectly.

When used on its own, coral is at its best up against fresh whites, greenery and natural tones such as timber. Designer tip: An eclectic aesthetic using a mixture of modern and vintage furniture and accessories is a great accompaniment for coral.

Without further ado, here are my favourite ways to inject Living Coral into your home!

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Image - Unknown

Make your front door the star of the show!

It’s no secret that I love an entrance feature, and what better place to make an impact than your front door…

This look is particularly striking when working with an older home as it combines traditional charm with the boldness of modern design, great combo!

Best part is, if you grow tired of the coral, you can repaint when you jump on next year’s colour trend bandwagon.

Or go all-in with coloured walls!

Love the look? I’ve brought together the four best Coral shades from Dulux to transform your space.

CreateStone - Terrazzo Coral

CreateStone - Terrazzo Coral

New build or renovation, if you’re feeling brave and need a showpiece in your home that is like no other, coral terrazzo could be just the ticket.

Slabs of this stand-out material can be used for bench tops, both kitchen and bathroom, or if you’re super committed and adore it like I do, a feature floor may be in order.

This look is not for everyone, but if you love the vintage appeal of terrazzo and the on-trend palette of coral, you’re looking at a winner!

Updating your bed linen is an easy-peasy way to get some coral in your home without the commitment.

T&W Burnt Melon Linen Quilt Cover

T&W Burnt Melon Linen Quilt Cover

Aura Wide Stripe Quilt Cover

Aura Wide Stripe Quilt Cover

Elka Coral Quilt Cover by Linen House

Elka Coral Quilt Cover by Linen House

Feature lighting is a unique way to bring coral in without overpowering the space. Here are a few of my favourites…

Materia Ceramic Cup in Coral Red

Materia Ceramic Cup in Coral Red

Misty Large Pendant in Coral by Beacon

Misty Large Pendant in Coral by Beacon

Pitch Coral Pendant Light by Monochrome

Pitch Coral Pendant Light by Monochrome

To finish up, here are a few more inspiration images which I hope will help you to embrace Living Coral.
Don’t be scared, she won’t bite!


Still have questions about this topic? Feel free to leave a comment!

Janelle Mead