Pantone 2019 Color of the Year | Living Coral Makes a Splash

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year | Living Coral Makes a Splash

The Pantone 2019 Color of the Year is here, and Living Coral wastes no time making an impression.

Living Coral (Pantone 16-1546) is warm, vibrant, and alive. This reddish-orange tone reminds us (of course) of ocean coral, but also of the brightest peach in a farmer’s market. Rich, crisp and forward, Living Coral is an energetic boost to the 2019 color palette – and we love that.

The trend back towards inviting, bright colors in the Pantone Color of the Year gallery began in 2017, with Greenery making a nod towards natural beauty and brightness. 2018’s Ultra Violet sparkled with electricity and life. The nod towards Living Coral in 2019 suggests a marriage of the last two years’ schools of thought; a color that is at once of the natural world but surges with bright, unapologetic energy.

Meet Living Coral, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year.
Meet Living Coral, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year.

From the Pantone website’s release on Living Coral’s selection as 2019 Color of the Year:

In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE Living Coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.

Living Coral, Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year, has drawn positive reactions.
Living Coral, Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year, has drawn positive reactions.

The response to Living Coral has been immediate and positive. Elle Decor describes Living Coral as “a warm, peachy orange with a life-affirming golden undertone; [t]he color evokes vitality and buoyancy…”. In an interview with the Associated Press, Pantone VP Laurie Pressman describes Living Coral as “a big hug”. And who doesn’t love a big hug?

Our response? Appreciative, optimistic, but also intrigued. Living Coral is not a color for the shrinking, demure or traditional. In terms of home design and 2019 home design trends and ideas, how will Living Coral blend with the push for neutral and white-based kitchens and baths? Will designers blend Living Coral with white and off-white neutrals? Will we see a maximalist color trend towards Living Color blending with teals, rich blues and other ocean-inspired tones?

Living Color: Pantone 2019 Color of the Year Specs, Codes and Information

Living Coral’s Pantone designation is Pantone 16-1546. Its Hex/HTML reference # is FF6F61, and it can be found using RGB code 255 11 97.

Information and codes for Living Coral, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year.
Information and codes for Living Coral, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year.

What’s your reaction to Living Coral, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year? How will you interact with it? How will it play into your 2019 design plans, strategies and creative muses? Let us know and leave a comment below!

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