How to Decorate With Living Coral – Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year

Living Coral, Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year, is a warm and cheerful color that’s perfect for accessorizing your home. Image: Pantone

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We’re in love with Living Coral, Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year. After the beautiful but tame blue and purple color trends of 2018, a vibrant coral is shaking up the decor and fashion industry. Living Coral happens to be an awesome accent for cool colors like blue and gray, so it’s going to be easy to add it to our existing palettes.

Just how did Pantone arrive at such a bold choice? “Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive chord.”

Pantone’s Living Coral is generating a lot of buzz in the fashion and decor industry and it’s easy to see why. Coral is the best of both worlds, with the energy of orange paired with the softness of pink. Living Coral is easy to love, but how can you incorporate it into your decor right now?

Quick Ways to Add Pantone’s Living Coral to Your Home

  • Living Coral, or any warm and vibrant color, is an easy addition to a cool or neutral color scheme.
  • Give your front door a makeover with a cheerful coral paint color.
  • Your bathroom color scheme is an effortless spot for new towels and accessories in Living Coral.
  • If you’re not sure about committing to a vibrant accent color, start small with two or three throw pillows for your sofa or bed.

Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year is more versatile than you might think. This coral can be used as an accent color in place of a pastel or even a neutral. When Colors of the Year are announced, they are meant as trend statements to inspire you. Living Coral is a beautiful orange with a pink glow, but the perfect coral for your home may be warmer or softer. Here are some of our favorite ways to decorate with coral at home:

Living Coral in the Living Room

You probably already know that adding a throw pillow or artwork is the easiest way to update your living room’s color palette, especially with a bold color like coral. But don’t be afraid to be more adventurous with a coral rug or even furniture. Pantone’s Living Coral is easier to add to your color palette than you might think. 

Living Coral Pillow

A throw pillow in Living Coral adds color to a neutral sofa. Image: Wayfair

Living Coral Area Rug

Look for rugs with your coral accent color along with the other colors in your palette. Image: AllModern

Pantone 2019 Color Rug

Navy blue is one of the most popular 2019 color pairings for coral.  Image: Joss & Main

Living Coral Accent Chair

You can bring bright colors into your living room with fun accent furniture like this. Image: Hayneedle

Contemporary Coral Sofa

A coral/orange sofa is a bold choice to show off the 2019 Color of the Year. Image: AllModern

Spice Up Your Home’s Color Scheme With a Living Coral Accent Wall

Accent walls will always be a wonderful way to rev up your color palette. With a vibrant color like Living Coral, you might want to consider non-traditional ways to create an accent wall. An accent ceiling or trim color may be just the right amount of coral for your space.

Benjamin Moore Coral Gables

An accent ceiling may be the perfect spot for a bold color like Living Coral. Image: Benjamin Moore

Sherwin-Williams Coral Reef

Embrace the warm and bright vibe of coral in a fun color scheme. Image: Sherwin-Williams

Living Coral Paint Color

If you’re not ready to paint an entire wall in coral, a strategic paint color trim is a stunning alternative. Image:  Behr

Brighten Up a Boring Bathroom With Coral

If you’re tired of your bathroom’s neutral color scheme, a bold accent color like coral can warm things up. A white or beige bathroom can benefit from coral towels, or even a shower curtain, to add warmth. Plus, these are inexpensive updates that can be done in a hurry. 

Living Coral Shower Curtain

A new shower curtain in a warm accent color can transform your bathroom instantly. Image: Wayfair

Pantone Living Coral Bathroom

An ombrè design makes a dramatic statement in a simple bathroom. Image: Hayneedle

Add Pantone’s Living Coral to Your Bedroom’s Color Palette

Even a retreat-style bedroom can use a touch of warm color like Living Coral. Pairing coral with a dark neutral like navy blue or greige can maintain the relaxing vibe of the space. If you love a bright and energizing bedroom, coral is a fun accent for boho and mid-century modern styles.

Navy Blue and Coral Bedroom

Pairing navy blue with Living Coral in a color palette works in a variety of decorating styles. Image: Bed Bath & Beyond

Living Coral Boho Bedroom

Love boho style? Coral completes this energizing color palette for a boho bedroom. Image: Overstock 

Living Coral Bedroom Bench

Sometimes all your bedroom needs is a new accent piece. An upholstered bench with coral accents changes everything. Image: Wayfair

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