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Decorating with Living Coral: Pantone’s Color of the Year 2019

It’s easy to get excited about Living Coral, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019. Not only is this welcoming hue a more vivid rendition of the ever-popular Millennial Pink, it exudes warmth and life. The magic of Living Coral is in its ability to energize and soothe at the same time. With a range of interesting palette possibilities, it engages design lovers without overpowering the spaces it inhabits. Unless you want to revel in its power, of course! Today we explore the many ways that Living Coral can make an appearance in our homes, from accent walls to small pops of color.

Starting Small

If you’re looking to test the coral waters at home, there’s no harm in starting with a few small items and seeing how they enhance the vibe of your space. Beginning with the smallest of touches, these Coral Heart Outline Small Napkins from Meri Meri are the perfect romantic touch for quiet dinner in:

This storage box from H&M Home tempers a coral scallop design with crisp white for a fresh take on home organization:

Coral record player, anyone?! This Urban Outfitters find is hard to resist if you’re a design lover who’s also into vinyl:

Stay warm with a mohair blanket from Zara Home. Cozy yet breezy!…

Also from Zara Home is this Matte Velvet Throw Pillow Cover, perfectly refreshing in its lovely cotton construction. Because a punch of color for your sofa or bed is always a good idea!

For a gradient of coral tones, try Zara Home’s Ombre Throw Pillow Cover, which celebrates a range that spans the deepest coral to the softest shade of pink:

If you’re ready for a larger dose of color, refresh your living space with a vintage-style sofa in a soft shade of coral. Velvet and tufting make this piece from Urban Outfitters a true gem:

Paint It On

For a big dose of Living Coral, let the color work its magic in your home with the help of paint. A softer shade of red, coral brings an invigorating vibe to the room of your choice, while it can be calmed with beachy complements such as aqua and teal. Below we see a lovely seaside apartment in Greece, which juxtaposes an orangey shade of coral with a deep teal wall (featured at Dezeen):

The juxtaposition of coral and white is always fresh and light. Using an abundance of white to offset a coral accent wall creates a crisp look while also letting the coral truly shine. [photo below featured at Gypsycheese]

Coral just might have the potential to become the next Millennial Pink! So why not pair it with pink for a modern, monochromatic feel? [image below from Lifestyle Asia]

Color Palettes

Not only has Pantone provided us with a beautiful color for 2019, the color institute is quick to offer color palette and pairing suggestions! For starters, there’s something undeniably beachy about coral, and it’s no coincidence that Pantone has picked a shade that also shines the spotlight on the earth’s diminishing coral population. Celebrate nature’s beauty by pairing coral with sea-inspired shades, such as aqua and ocean blue. Sea green is another favorite! [image below from Lifestyle Asia]

These Round Pintuck Pillows from Urban Outfitters are the picture-perfect embodiment of Pantone’s “Under the Sea” coral palette!

Coral also shines when paired with shades of the sunset, as shown in this Sunset Alpaca Throw from CB2:

Be sure to check out additional palette suggestions on Pantone’s color palette inspiration page, and note that the site also features some fun Living Coral Products if you’re in the mood to shop. Cheers to a 2019 filled with design inspiration!

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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