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)

 

7 Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palettes to Inspire You

7 Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palettes to Inspire You

We’ve shown you the 16 shades in Pantone’s Spring 2019 Fashion Color Trend Report – now let’s start putting them to use!

Our task is slightly different from other design and style publications; we’re looking at the Spring 2019 Pantone colors in terms of home design. After all, color design isn’t limited to what you wear and the decor around you. It’s in the walls of your home, the flooring and tile, the large furniture pieces, and the largest elements in your kitchen and bath design.

If you aren’t thinking about color from the very beginning of your design concept, you should be.

VOTE ON YOUR FAVORITE PANTONE SPRING 2019 PALETTE AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE!

In order to jump start you with some design inspiration, we’ve created seven color palettes based on the Pantone Spring 2019 color report. Some are audacious, bold and daring; others are more traditional, rooted in neutrals and earth tones. Whether once or multiple times, we’ve utilized all 16 colors in the Spring 2019 collection in these palettes.

Do you prefer a “pop” of Spring 2019 color to lead your design, like Living Coral, Mango Mojito or Princess Blue? Or will you opt for a neutral as your leading lady, like Sweet Corn or Toffee?

Enjoy these 7 color palettes from the Pantone Spring 2019 color collection – then scroll to the bottom and vote on your favorite!

7 Color Palettes Based on the Pantone Spring 2019 Color Collection

The Living Coral Palette: Warm and Rooted in Classic Colors

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Living Coral
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Living Coral

The Soybean Palette: An Earth-Tone Selection with a Floral Undertone

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Soybean
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Soybean

The Mango Mojito Palette: Spicy, Sharp and Eye-Catching

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Mango Mojito
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Mango Mojito

The Sweet Corn Palette: Classic Neutrals and Natural Earth Tones

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Sweet Corn
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Sweet Corn

The Princess Blue Palette: Audacious, Unshrinking and Crisp

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Princess Blue
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Princess Blue

The Sweet Lilac Palette: Calm and Inviting with a Splash of Blue

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Sweet Lilac
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Sweet Lilac

The Toffee Palette: Neutrals Complemented by Extroverted Reds

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Toffee
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Toffee

Vote here on your favorite Pantone Spring 2019 color palette!

Bold Optimism | The Complete Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette

Bold Optimism | The Complete Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette

Bold Optimism: The full Pantone Spring 2019 color palette and our reactions.
Bold Optimism: The full Pantone Spring 2019 color palette and our reactions.

It feels like kismet. 

For years, we’ve been devoted followers of Pantone, the world’s foremost color matching system. Pantone’s staff diligently forecasts color trends, palettes and seasonal color projections for the design industry – from industrial design to textiles, from the runway to home design, Pantone helps guide the ship of international design from season to season.

When we first saw the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report for Spring 2019, two things made us feel like the universe was speaking to us:

  1. It’s our favorite color palette of the last five years; and
  2. The Report was written by Laurie Pressman… who is a recent client of Peter Salerno Inc., our parent company (and the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm since 2000).

We can’t stress enough – we had no idea of the connection until a recent meeting with Peter Salerno and his staff. Needless to say, we’re more compelled than ever to gush over the Pantone Spring 2019 color palette and Fashion Color Trend Report.

Led by the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral, this collection is all about a sunny disposition. (Living Coral itself has been described as “a big hug”.) But the optimism and inviting nature conveyed by the Pantone Spring 2019 color palette doesn’t stop at Living Coral. This season’s collection is at once a love letter to the recent past and a bright statement on the future; a melange of trends past and present that leaves us feeling very good about the 2019 year in design.

An avid Pantone follower’s first glimpse at the Spring 2019 collection brings one comment: “Wow, this is a warmer collection than typical springs!” (And we love it.) While past Spring color palettes have kept warm colors somewhat muted – focusing on pastels and blushing shades – the Pantone Spring 2019 report projects some hot, hot shades. There’s nothing shrinking about colors like Turmeric, Fiesta and Aspen Gold. Pink Peacock, in particular, is turning heads on the runway, in textiles, and in industrial design.

The nod towards 2017 Color of the Year Greenery and other earth tones is quite evident – see the green tones Pepper Stem and Terrarium Moss. Staying with the theme of earth tones, perhaps the least “eye-catching” of the collection may prove the most versatile and useful in home design in 2019. Brown Granite is a dusky, dark neutral that we instantly fell in love with, with its notes of coffee and dark-grain wood.

Joining Brown Granite in the 4-tone Spring 2019 Neutrals portion of the color palette are 2 inviting off-whites, Soybean and Sweet Corn, and a rather enticing dark blue named Eclipse.

Here’s a look at the entire Pantone Spring 2019 color collection, from the Fashion Color Trend Report by Laurie Pressman.

Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report: The Bold, Optimistic Spring 2019 Color Palette

Living Coral – Pantone 16-1546, Pantone 2019 Color of the Year

Living Coral, Pantone 16-1546, Pantone Color of the Year

Turmeric – Pantone 15-1264

Turmeric, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Pepper Stem – Pantone 17-0542

Pepper Stem, Pantone 17-0542

Princess Blue – Pantone 19-4150

Princess Blue, Pantone 19-4150

Aspen Gold – Pantone 13-0850

Aspen Gold, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Mango Mojito – Pantone 15-0960

Mango Mojito, Pantone 15-0960

Fiesta – Pantone 17-1564

Fiesta, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Sweet Lilac – Pantone 14-2808

Sweet Lilac, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Pink Peacock – Pantone 18-2045

Pink Peacock, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Jester Red – Pantone 19-1862

Jester Red, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Toffee – Pantone 18-1031

Toffee, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Brown Granite – Pantone 19-0805

Brown Granite, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Terrarium Moss – Pantone 18-0416

Terrarium Moss, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Eclipse – Pantone 19-3810

Eclipse, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Soybean – Pantone 13-0919

Soybean, Pantone 03-0919

Sweet Corn – Pantone 11-0106

Sweet Corn, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Which color(s) from the Pantone Spring 2019 Fashion Color Trend Report palette is your favorite? Which will provide the greatest impact on kitchen design, bath design and whole home design in 2019?

Sound off in the comments below; we’d love to hear from you!

Pantone Promises a Bright, Colorful 2019: A Sneak Peek at Spring Colors

Pantone Promises a Bright, Colorful 2019: A Sneak Peek at Spring Colors

My goodness, do we love the Pantone Spring 2019 color collection. Bright, colorful and cheerful, Pantone’s selections for spring (and summer) 2019 signal warmth, optimism, and the invitation to be good to others.

Pantone Spring 2019 colors are bright and beautiful.
Pantone Spring 2019 colors are bright and beautiful.

Led by the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral, this collection is all about a sunny disposition. (Living Coral itself has been described as “a big hug”.) The entire Pantone Spring 2019 collection consists of 12 core colors and a neutral palette, but we’ve narrowed our ‘sneak peek’ down to our 5 favorites.

We attempted to provide a cross-section of warm, cool and neutral tones that all bring something unique to the table – especially in terms of their utility in kitchen design and bath design. Enjoy!

Our Favorite Pantone Spring 2019 Colors: A Sneak Peek

1. Living Coral (Pantone 2019 Color of the Year)
We’ve already covered Living Coral, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year. 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.

Living Coral, Pantone 16-1546, Pantone Color of the Year

2. Mango Mojito (Pantone 15-0960)

Mango Mojito is the perfect marriage of spicy orange and bright yellow. The result is a color that’s not “too hot” for kitchen design. Used sparingly, Mango Mojito instantly livens up any room’s decor, accessories and wall color schemes.

Mango Mojito, Pantone 15-0960

3. Princess Blue (Pantone 19-4150)

Princess Blue is strong. And that’s a wonderful thing. Perfect as a ‘leading’ shade in vivid color schemes, nautical themes, and paired with cool neutrals, Princess Blue is a bold, beautiful winner.

Princess Blue, Pantone 19-4150

4. Pepper Stem (Pantone 17-0542)

An energetic green, Pepper Stem follows in the footsteps of Greenery, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year. We love the leafy, natural feel of Pepper Stem. It’s a “garden” green; use it in areas where you plan to incorporate floral arrangements, succulents, hanging plants or neutral browns.

Pepper Stem, Pantone 17-0542

5. Soybean (Pantone 13-0919)

Our Pantone Spring 2019 Neutrals selection, Soybean, is the warmest neutral you’re going to find. We’re instantly attracted to Soybean’s rich, creamy tone, and how complimentary it can be in almost any color scheme imaginable for your kitchen design or bath design. Use Soybean to ‘warm up’ cooler blues and greens, or as a neutral that’s bold enough to match hot colors.

Soybean, Pantone 03-0919

Which of these five Pantone Spring 2019 colors is YOUR favorite? Let us know in the comments below – let’s start a conversation!

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!