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!

Meet Ultra Violet: Pantone 2018 Color of the Year

Meet Ultra Violet: Pantone 2018 Color of the Year

If you had any questions as to whether or not 2018 was going to be a bold, vibrant year in design – well, Pantone just answered them.

Ultra Violet (Pantone 18-3838) is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year. A confident, striking, and complex purple, Ultra Violet is touted by the color experts at Pantone as “dramatically provocative and thoughtful”.

Ultra Violet (18-3838) is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year.
Ultra Violet (18-3838) is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year.

In their introduction of Ultra Violet as 2018 Color of the Year, Pantone refers to “enigmatic purples” as evocative of artistic and social brilliance, before invoking the names of such luminaries as Prince and Jimi Hendrix.

Although both colors are generally bright and cheerful, Ultra Violet is a departure from Greenery, the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year. While Greenery was rooted in nature, earthy tones and complementary neutrals, Ultra Violet is a bit more – well, intergalactic. Even Pantone admits there is a “mystical or spiritual quality” to their 2018 Color of the Year.

Now that we have our Color of the Year, the question for home, interior, kitchen and bath designers is simple. Where do we go from here?

Ultra Violet is a bold choice by Pantone, and admittedly seems far better suited to fashion design that interior or industrial design – at least on first glance. Decor designers have already utilized Ultra Violet on accessories and furniture, ranging from lounges to lamps, carpets to chairs.

What brilliant, bold designs ideas will Ultra Violet inspire you to explore in 2018?
What brilliant, bold designs ideas will Ultra Violet inspire you to explore in 2018?

But will we see home designers bold enough to utilize Ultra Violet as a primary or statement shade for full room design? Is 2018 the year where purple dominates accent walls, wainscoting, and total area paint rather than throws, accessories and pillows?

Early returns are in, and reviews are generally positive for Pantone’s choice of Ultra Violet as 2018 Color of the Year. The Guardian appears captivated by Ultra Violet, providing a vivid display of photos utilizing the shade of purple. Meanwhile, the New York Times is a bit more cautious in its appraisal, calling the color more “wishful thinking” than a reflection of what’s actually happening in society.

But that’s part of the charm of Ultra Violet – sometimes, the color we put into our world is simply a reflection of what we want it to be. And by injecting a mystical, vivid, daydreamer’s shade of purple into 2018, perhaps Pantone is giving us all a way to design our lives into a positive state.

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Greenery: PANTONE 2017 Color of the Year Home Design Ideas

Greenery: PANTONE 2017 Color of the Year Home Design Ideas

Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year is here – and in 2017, it will be very easy being green. Greenery is a reflection of the neutrals, earth tones and natural colors that have dominated color trends as of late. In fact, Pantone goes so far as to call Greenery (15-0343) “Nature’s Neutral” in their official 2017 Color of the Year announcement.

Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery (15-0343). Photo credit Peter Salerno Inc.
Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery (15-0343). Photo credit: Peter Salerno Inc.

Home designers, fashion designers and graphic designers alike turn to PANTONE, the world’s foremost authority on color, color identity and color matching, to establish future trends and baselines for their work. The announcement of Greenery as the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year re-affirms the trend towards natural, refreshing color palettes in home design, graphic design and spring fashion.

Greenery is more towards the “yellow side” of green – think more Kermit, less Green Arrow – and evokes a fresh, invigorating sense of the outdoors. Greenery is found more in light green grass and sunlit floral leaves than in dense foliage, adding a sunny, optimistic touch to the natural relaxing quality of green.

Appropriately enough, Greenery is also a palette match with multiple Pantone colors and shades our blog has suggested to you over the last several months. Colors in past Design Your Lifestyle articles that are listed as harmonious with Greenery by Pantone include: Serenity, Bodacious, Buttercream, Goji Berry, Sharkskin, and Moss.

Of course, leaning on trends only takes you so far in design. Finding the perfect blend between today’s trends and classic, timeless design elements is the key to design excellence. Few home designers know this better than Peter Salerno Inc., winners of more kitchen and bath design awards than any North American design firm since 2002.

Courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc., here are a few tips to incorporate Greenery (the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year) into your kitchen or bath design project.

Greenery: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year in Home Design

1. Utilize ACTUAL Greenery!

Need we say more? The trend towards natural, earth-based design should include natural green elements! Use real greenery in your home designs! Incorporate fresh floral sprays, vegetables, leafy arrangements and ferns in your kitchen and bath designs.

Take a look at the two nationally-recognized Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen designs below and think of your own ways to incorporate Greenery into your kitchen!

Peter Salerno Inc.'s custom kitchen design is adorned with Greenery everywhere. (Credit: Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno Inc.’s custom kitchen design is adorned with Greenery everywhere. (Credit: Peter Rymwid)
This bright shore kitchen showcases Greenery in the form of actual greenery! (Credit: Peter Salerno Inc., Peter Rymwid)
This bright shore kitchen showcases Greenery in the form of actual greenery! (Credit: Peter Salerno Inc., Peter Rymwid)

2. Greenery pairs beautifully with core design neutrals.

We’ve talked so much about core design neutrals over the last few months, and Pantone’s decision to name Greenery its 2017 Color of the Year reaffirms our faith in taupes, browns, whites and grays as “statement” neutrals.

Don’t necessarily think of Greenery as the “it” color in your design. When executed properly (as in the Peter Salerno Inc. bath design below), green can augment the core whites and earth tones in your design.

A touch of Greenery in wall color beautifully accents the core neutrals in this Peter Salerno Inc. bath design.
A touch of Greenery in wall color beautifully accents the core neutrals in this Peter Salerno Inc. bath design.

3. Find fresh accessories in which to include Greenery!

In the kitchen design below, Peter Salerno and his team “greened” a unique design element – the overhead, recessed stained glass roof. The result was a dimmed-yet-natural glass lighting feature that added a fresh, sedated tone to the kitchen.

Another award-winning Peter Salerno kitchen, with a splash of green. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Another award-winning Peter Salerno kitchen, with a splash of green. (Credit Peter Rymwid)