Living Coral will have you longing for seaside adventures – How to incorporate Pantone’s 2019 colour of the year in your home.


The Pantone Color Institute have revealed ‘Living Coral’ as their colour of the year for 2019. The colour, comparable to salmon, is known as Pantone 16-1546. As has been done in previous years, the colour is determined by the global cultural climate.

Trend expert Allison Chatten from seating brand Icon says that it’s a colour that ‘works particularly well in natural light’ and that it is an ‘adaptable colour’ which coordinates with both muted and vibrant shades. As Pantone describes, it is the ideal way to showcase a symbol of the ‘innate need for optimism.’

We could all do with a little more optimism in our lives, so what better way to start the New Year than to incorporate ‘Living Coral’ into your home! This coral hue is fast becoming a popular choice in design and styling, so here are some of our favourite ways to add this colour to your spaces!

Words: Amber Dahlhaus

In the kitchen:
Described by Pantone as having a ‘golden undertone’, a colour such as this makes a space warm and vibrant; something a kitchen should always be! A tea towel on show, a dining set on exposed shelfing, or a fruit bowl on the benchtop are small and impermanent additions that are easily interchangeable.

In the dining room
The dining room should be enjoyed as much as the kitchen, and considering Pantone believes Living Coral is ‘vibrant yet mellow, sociable and spirited,’ it is the perfect colour for a room that is used for entertaining. Adding a table runner or some bright dining chairs will liven up the mood and become a great talking piece. This room in Aroussia Chamakh and Henrik Jessen’s Parisian home shows how the coral, in a dreamy velvet looking fabric, can work naturally and pair well with other bold colours. These chairs are designed by GamFratesi for Gubi, although another alternative is this Velvet Elowen Chair from Anthropologie.

image-oneCredit: Constance Gennari @thesocialitefamily

In the lounge room
Focal points are essential for creating a well-balanced living room and an eye catching rug, especially a patterned one, will add character and individuality. If you’re feeling extra bold, using block colour for floor to ceiling curtains or as a feature wall will ensure that your home is anything but basic. Small pops of colour can also be used with cushions spread across a sofa. This patterned coral rug from Urban Outfitters would help bring balance to your space.

image-twoThe Katalin Printed Rug by Urban Outfitters

In the bedroom
Living Coral is said by Pantone to provide ‘comfort and buoyancy’ and therefore the bedroom is another room that is perfect for showcasing this colour. A coral throw blanket or quilt, like this one from Pillow Talk, is an easy and beautiful way to display the colour.

image-threeThe Camden Coral Coverlet Set by Pillow Talk

Other accents that can be added for more colour and spread throughout rooms are small trinkets, framed prints on the wall, artificial flowers and vases. We particularly love these decorative vases from Honeycomb Studio.image-four

There are endless ways to add this stunning coral colour into your house to keep it stylish, up to date and on trend! A beautiful colour, perfect for the summer season!