Living Coral Palettes | Design With Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year

Living Coral Palettes | Design With Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year

Living Coral is the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year. A testament to optimism, a love affair with our oceans (and nature in general), and a lively invitation to social interaction, Living Coral is a bright addition to our lives.

Now, how do we make Living Coral a bright addition to our homes and our color designs?

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.

In terms of practical application, Living Coral isn’t a “simple marriage” into color designs like a staid navy blue or a versatile taupe. What the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year does provide is a chance to create instant warmth, a convivial atmosphere, and a bright new ‘punch’ to the design in your home, office or work space.

We’ve had a little time to play with Living Coral (and the rest of the Pantone Spring 2019 color collection), and we’ve drawn a few conclusions about how to build color palettes around it. Blues work quite well, as do earth tones and light neutrals. For the bold at heart, one can also double-down on warm tones to dramatic effect.

We’ve created five Living Coral color design palettes, using three specific criteria:

  1. Each palette contains three accompanying colors;
  2. Each color in the 5 Living Coral palettes is from the Spring 2019 Pantone collection, or a Pantone collection from the recent past;
  3. Each must feature Living Coral (no hiding the 2019 Color of the Year in the background!)

We’d love to hear what you think of our efforts! How will YOU utilize Living Coral in your designs in 2019?

5 Color Design Palettes for Living Coral, the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year

The Neutrals Palette

Design with Living Coral: The Neutrals Palette
Design with Living Coral: The Neutrals Palette

Colors Utilized:

  • Sweet Corn (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)
  • Soybean (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)
  • Toffee (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)

The Spring Sunshine Palette

Design with Living Coral: The Spring Sunshine Palette
Design with Living Coral: The Spring Sunshine Palette

Colors Utilized:

  • Turmeric (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)
  • Aspen Gold (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)
  • Sweet Lilac (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)

 

The Earth Tones Palette

Design with Living Coral: The Earth Tones Palette
Design with Living Coral: The Earth Tones Palette

Colors Utilized:

  • Terrarium Moss (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)
  • Brown Granite (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)
  • Soybean (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)

The Cool Blues Palette

Design with Living Coral: The Cool Blues Palette
Design with Living Coral: The Cool Blues Palette

Colors Utilized:

  • Blue Bell (Pantone Fall 2017 Collection)
  • Niagara (Pantone Spring 2017 Collection)
  • Princess Blue (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)

 

The Sunset Palette

Design with Living Coral: The Sunset Palette
Design with Living Coral: The Sunset Palette

Colors Utilized:

  • Fiesta (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)
  • Mango Mojito (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)
  • Otter (Pantone Fall 2017 Collection)

 

Pantone Spring 2018 Colors | 3 Versatile Complementary Colors

Pantone Spring 2018 Colors | 3 Versatile Complementary Colors

In our first breakdown of the Pantone Spring 2018 Color Palette, we introduced you to the brightest shades in this season’s collection. Now, it’s time to let the neutrals take center stage… but trust us, these neutrals certainly aren’t shy about drawing attention.

2017 was, in many ways, the year of neutrals in color design and home design. The days of neutral tones being complementary colors and background shades in home design are long gone. From stunning white kitchens to bold browns and tans (like 2017’s Autumn Maple and Toast) that dominated living room and bathroom design, neutral tones took over the design landscape.

The Pantone Spring 2018 color palette features 3 tones that we’re grouping into a “versatile complementary colors” category: Almost Mauve, Emperador, and Chili Oil. While some may take exception with our categorization of Chili Oil, we think this brick red tone is a prime example of the audacious steps that home designers may take with color schemes in 2018 – plus, you’ll find it pairs beautifully as a complementary shade with many of Spring 2018’s brighter color options.

The 12 shades selected for the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette (plus the 4 “Classic Colors” listed as an addendum) are a large step for Pantone, the world’s foremost authority on color design and color matching. In recent years, Pantone has released seasonal collections of 10 colors, offering plenty of selection and inspiration for color design enthusiasts.

So let’s take a closer look at the 3 versatile colors we think color design and home design experts will be using to balance their design schemes during the Spring 2018 design season!

Almost Mauve (Pantone 12-2103)

Almost Mauve is the most delicate neutral Pantone’s selected in years. It’s also perhaps the most intelligent selection in the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette. With so many gorgeous, floral pastels in the collection (Blooming Dahlia, Spring Crocus, etc.), this off-white with a touch of pastel is a gorgeous anchor neutral.

Almost Mauve screams “bath design”, with a soft off-white tone that lends itself perfectly to tile design, porcelains and appliances. Don’t be afraid to work with Almost Mauve to create a white kitchen design that comes with a built-in sense of warmth.

Emperador (Pantone 18-1028)

Much like Otter from Pantone’s 2017 color palette, Emperador is a smart chocolate brown that gives a real “backbone” to the Spring 2018 collection. Just like fashion designers loved Emperador for Spring 2018 accessories on the runway, so too will home designers utilize Emperador as the perfect complementary shade for kitchen design and living spaces.

Take Emperador as a cue for anything (and everything) to do with accessories and decor, as well as using rich brown hues in your kitchen’s backsplash, flooring, counters and furniture.

Chili Oil (Pantone 18-1440)

Man, do we love Chili Oil. This “brick” color has just enough red to pop and just enough brown to lay back and let other colors dominate. All told, Chili Oil may be remembered as the most versatile shade in Pantone’s Spring 2018 collection when we look back on it.

In terms of home design, Chili Oil may signal a simple return to exposed brick concepts. We also think the color works brilliantly as a complementary shade in paint schemes, a smart choice for decor accents and accessories, and custom ranges for kitchen design from companies like La Cornue.

Plus, why not take Chili Oil as an invitation to use red-hued wood in your flooring?