Living Coral – Colour of the Year 2019

It has come to that time when Pantone announce the colour of the year which will dominate within leading designs and trends, interiors as well as on catwalks around the world. For 2019 we have ‘Living Coral’, a glowing and spirited tone that personally I am very thrilled and delighted to see brighten up our new year.

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Pantone describe Living Coral as “buoyant, vibrant and effervescent”, another reaction against the stresses and complexities of modern life with political, digital and environmental worries. It has a sociable and joyful feel that “encourages light-hearted activity” and can easily be featured within your own home. Here are some influences and ideas to help you launch Living Coral into your 2019.


Ahead of the curve, designer and architect Cristina Celestino introduced coral tones into her Tram Corallo earlier this year at Milan Design week. Inspired by the theme of ‘the journey’ she transformed a 1928 tram into a ‘travelling salon’ in a collaboration with Rubelli. An unexpected and chic ride, the tram was reinvented with the foyer similar to a waiting room with plush, opulent carpeting and bold Rubelli drapes. This then led to the back of the streetcar in which there was cinematic perspective of Milan through the tram windows, with cosy and rich comforts in the shape of sumptuous coral ottomans. The overall effect was surreal and dreamlike yet contemporary within the design.


There are a few ways to incorporate living coral into your home, whether as a courageous feature wall or if you prefer to start small with accent accessories. Another current and fantastic scheme is to mix your peachy and cheery hues with the muted tones of blues and greys. Blue and coral are ‘contemporary colours’ that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel so combining them within your interior evokes a sense of harmony. Remember to get the balance right, coral can add warmth to a cool room through luxurious upholstery or soft subtle toned walls such as those seen in Folds Inside interiors projects below.


“Living coral emits the desired, familiar and energizing aspects of color found in nature” – Pantone


Living Coral has a dreamlike and retro quality, reflected within the visionary films of Wes Anderson. Movies such as The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel are plentiful with hazy hues and eye-catching colour palettes. Coral and pink tones are often present within his unique perspectives and the Breadway Bakery in Ukraine has taken this influence and applied it to their interior design. Coral bench seating harmonious with the reflective golden accents and chandeliers, this space is on trend yet has a timeless and glorious energy.


“an animating and life affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge” – Pantone


Living Coral is the optimism and exuberance we need to start the year off. A confident colour that reminds us of beautiful tropical destinations, we can create a blend of femininity and edge within our own homes that are warm, nourishing yet playful and engaging.