Written by Catherine Cornelissen
I am beyond THRILLED that the Pantone Colour of the Year for 2019 is 16-1546 Living Coral; an animated, bright and energising colour with a softer edge that is soothing and pleasing to the eye. Coral is actually one of my favourite colours because of its ability to mix incredibly well with navy, cream and gold. Often, we are reminded of long, warm summer days — I must admit that my fashion wardrobe for warm weather consists of white / navy / coral trousers with similarly coloured accessories, and perhaps, a punch of gold.
“It represents a feeling that’s out there in the zeitgeist,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute.
However there is more depth behind Pantone’s colour choice for 2019, more meaning which ultimately defies the “black hole of no deal Brexit to Malibu’s ashen burnt-out villas,” as Johnathan Jones writes and instead, projects a calmer and happier feeling which the world so desperately needs. Throughout troubled times, in a time of political, social and economic uncertainty, the simple reassurance of a warm, natural and optimistic colour could be just what we need to turn a chromatic world into one that is polychromatic and bright.
A dichotomy nonetheless, Living Coral comments directly on the fact that we need to pay more attention to the devastation of bleaching to the ecosystem. Not only is Living Coral cheerful and bright, the undertone is correlated with other concerns yet we are reminded that there is light at the end of the tunnel and every cloud has a silver lining.
“This is colour that promises paradise. It is a subtle, seductive blend, at once fleshy and ethereal, a colour that Pantone calls “natural” yet which, in reality, is exquisitely refined. It is a colour of escape and safety, a colour you can call home.” — Johnathan Jones
A Coral colour wheel from 36th Avenue shows us what types of tones result from this punchy, cheerful colour. Like most pure colours, tones are produced by mixing grey, tints come from adding white and shades are a result of throwing in black. You can therefore find the perfect colour for you if think the pure colour is too bright or too dark for your preference. As a pure colour, Living Coral can work in any home — either as an accessory or punch of colour or to create a glowing statement with more coverage.
— Wallpaper —
Powder Rooms, Entryways or Cloakrooms are a wonderful place to create a dramatic statement. Due to their small size and surface area, wallpaper has the ability to completely transform a space. Two fun wallpapers, such as the Leopard and Llama Wallpapers can add personality and character to a small and the coral colour is offset by either a Leopard or Llama repeat pattern, eliminating the risk of it being ‘too’ intense!
— Accessories —
Within a living space, you can cut the intensity with copious amounts of natural tones such as white, cream and beige while complementing Living Coral with a staple foundation of navy. As a colour, Living Coral embodies other meanings which carry meaning such as reflecting our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits. These are positive qualities that would work very well in any interior space, but especially a living room where relaxation is crucial.
— Art —
Pink, Coral and Orange colours inspire caring and brings feelings of calm and serenity to your surroundings. ‘Awakenings 4‘ celebrates pink in every shade, from deep ruby and fuchsia to coral, warm melon and the palest rose blush!