Pantone, provider of professional color standards and digital solutions for the design industry, announced recently that it has selected PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral as the Pantone Color of the Year 2019—an animating and life-affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone.

Every year, since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has scoured the globe to find a color worthy of carrying the title ‘Color of the Year’. According to the company’s news release, the Institute chose the color because: “Just as coral reefs are a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life, vibrant yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.”

How will you incorporate PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral into your design aesthetic? The color naturally lends itself to tropical settings, yet it also coordinates beautifully with natural, organic elements.

Below is a selection of D&W Silks arrangements that feature (or coordinate with) this nurturing and lively color:

Pink king proteas w/palm and greenery in resin clam shell (SKU: 179015) Heliconia, ginger and protea with Hawaiian palm fronds in glass vase (SKU: 174028)
Set of 6 green glass vases with assorted pink peonies, roses and tulips (SKU: 161051) Orange pheal orchids with grass and bonsai ficus branches in bronze glass bowl (SKU: 181005)
Orange star fire allium in glass (SKU: 165063) Cream/red vanda orchid in black ceramic cube (SKU: 158118)

Other simple and inexpensive ways decorate with PANTONE 16-1546:

  • Create instant drama by painting multiple wood frames in the same coral color. Arrange them to form an interesting gallery wall display. Keep the images in the frames simple (perhaps silhouettes or even a single object floating in the frame), so they do not compete with the vibrancy of the color.
  • Paint window, door and ceiling trim, even baseboards, a coral color to draw attention to unique details and create a lighthearted scene.
  • Invest in genuine coral specimens from the sea and display them on shelves and side tables. If they are white, spray paint them coral and display on a bathroom shelf or in a nook for a subtle touch.
  • Coral looks especially calming juxtaposed against neutrals. Paint a single, substantial element in a room, such as a coffee table, chandelier, vanity or bar stools, in a vibrant coral color and keep other elements, like walls and furniture, neutral or white for an uplifting effect.
  • Coral looks rich and affirming when paired with black. Paint an entire wall with coral paint and incorporate black accented pieces, such as a black and white striped rug, black couch, black lamp, etc.