3 ways to use Pantone Color of the Year in Your Home Decor

Updated: Nov 2, 2019


Pantone annual color pick is based on attitudes and emotions of the times.

For the past twenty years, PANTONE color-of-the-year leads the industry in fashion, home furnishings, and interior design. The color selection process involves a global scouring, seeking color influences in popular travel destinations, lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Relevant technological and social media platforms are also considered.


According to Pantone's website, "What better choice for 2019 than embrace a color from the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects found in nature. Living Coral, in its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, mesmerizes the eye and mind with its effervescent and vivid depth."


Since I am always someone to try something new, I gathered paint sample swatches, and gave Living Coral a try. What do you think?


So how do you use such a bright and playful color that sits between orange and pink on the color wheel?


Three ways to use Living Coral, Pantone color of the year 2019 in your home decor.


#1 Way to Use Living Coral.

Make a cool room feel warmer. With Living Coral's gold undertones it's the perfect color to warm up a north facing room, or a room without much natural daylight.


Photograph from Pantone Color-of-the-Year
Photograph from Pantone Color-of-the-Year

"Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment. Living Coral appeals to our playful side and our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits," says the brand. You can also use this lighthearted color in spaces where energy levels need lifting.


# 2 Way to Use Living Coral.

Small touches can still brighten and energize any room. They’ll also be easier to design around throughout the year.


In the painting on the chair, notice how pairing coral with another beneath-the-sea color, such as azure blue, makes a winning combination. The warm coral against cool blue colors adds contrast.


Look what happens when more blue is added! Can you feel the coolness?


# 3 way to use Living Coral. Your Personality.

Placing Living Coral with other bright colors might be a bit too bold for you. Often it's a quieter personality that is attracted to this softer color from orange. Coral creates a calming space as it is one of the grounding colors of nature such as earthy greens.


Limited edition print by artist Kate Moynihan - Chickadee in weeds.

Try light or medium shades of grey with this bright, fun color. Neutrals will tone down adventurous coral, even in art.


Depending on your preference for traditional, contemporary or abstract art. Coral might have a place in your home.


Enjoy using Living Coral, Pantone color of the year in your home decor.
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