If you haven’t heard by now, Pantone selected their Color of the Year for 2019: Living Coral! This vibrant hue is a bit livelier than previous shades (Ultra Violet in 2018, Greenery in 2017, and the Rose Quartz and Serenity duo in 2016), and for good reason. Warm, comforting, and sociable, this lovely shade of orangey peach was selected in response to the continuous onslaught of social media, calling for a more meaningful interaction with the world around us. Found in the gorgeous ocean reefs, Living Coral helps us reconnect with nature in this modern age.
If you’re ready to bring this hue into your home but aren’t sure where to begin, we can help! Here are 7 easy, effective ways you can do just that:
Lighten It Up – If there are any rooms in your home that could use more light, then this is the year to take action! A little bit of Living Coral might be just what you need. Take advantage of this shade’s warm undertones to make any dark space brighter, more cheerful, and larger!
Try Accent Pieces – You don’t have to paint an entire space in the new color to make an impact. Accent pieces work wonders in subtly yet powerfully introducing the hue of the year! Drape a Living Coral throw over your favorite armchair. Adorn the front door with a coral wreath. Switch up an area rug to a piece that features this year’s color. Feeling bold? Create an accent wall in a solid or patterned Living Coral!
Bring the Outside In – Living Coral pairs incredibly well with plants of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Liven up your space by arranging a group of your favorite indoor plants in front of a peachy coral accent wall! Not a green thumb? Easy-to-care-for plants including cacti and the ever-hardy philodendron work well, too!
Use Complementary Colors – There’s no doubt about it – this year’s vibrant hue looks great on its own. If you’d rather enjoy it in smaller doses or simply want to create a little extra drama, try pairing it with complementary colors! Think blues and greens this year. Recreate a seaside escape by pulling in a deep Prussian blue and cream or evoke the feeling of a desert sunset with emerald green and violet.
Stay Trendy with Countertops – Who says countertops have to be neutral colors? Colorful countertops are in, so take advantage of the trend and go big! We love Living Coral countertops in quartz and granite against a sea foam green or cerulean backsplash. Not ready to take the plunge? Adding coral to your cabinets can still introduce a beautiful pop of color to your space.
Try a Natural Look – If you really want to showcase Pantone’s Color of the Year, pair it up with some earthy tones like umber, cream, ivory, or cool white. These warm shades will give your home an updated yet utterly chic look.
Pick Some Flowers – Who doesn’t love a vase full of fresh flowers in their home? Living Coral can be found in the world around us, including several types of flowers. Pick your favorite kind and add them to a metallic vase for an edgy yet classy look.
What are your thoughts on Pantone’s Color of the Year? How will you use it in your home? Be sure to tell us in the comments below!