Home Decor

Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year Is the Energizing Hue We All Need

And 9 easy ways to bring the vibrant color into your home.

December  7, 2018
Photo by Behr

At the end of every year, we wait patiently to see what the experts at Pantone predict will be the next big color, and oh boy, you’re in for a treat. The company recently released its 2019 Color of the Year, and we’re already head over heels for the vivacious new shade: Living Coral.

This coral hue is a lovely orangey-pink that brings a warm, energizing feel to any space. Pantone describes the shade as a “nurturing” color that appears frequently in both nature and on social media, which is what makes it so special.

“With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial PANTONE Living Coral hit a responsive chord,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Using Coral at Home

This type of color is often used alongside teal in tropical-inspired decor, but there are plenty of other ways you can bring Living Coral into your life. “A vivacious coral can infuse new energy into your home,” says Behr color expert Erika Woelfel, “It’s a great accent color for a welcoming front door or piece of exterior furniture.”

The most cheerful welcome. Photo by Behr

This playful pink hue plays well with others, too. “Coral pairs beautifully with acidic yellow and fresh green if you’re going for an energetic color combination,” says Woelfel. “Navy blue and shades of warm, velvety taupe lend coral a sophisticated look.”

Need some more guidance? Here are several gorgeous coral products to incorporate into your home and wardrobe, ASAP.

A coral trim would make anyone more productive. Photo by Behr

A Canvas and Leather Tote

Be a breath of fresh air wherever you go with this coral-colored cinch backpack on your shoulder. The handmade bag is crafted from unwaxed canvas, Horween leather and brass details, so you know it’s made to last.

Cozy Floor Cushions

Roll out the coral carpet for your guests the next time you need extra seating. These bright floor cushions snap together to create a super comfy sitting space just about anywhere.

A Light, Playful Throw

We’re calling it now: This fringe throw blanket will be a must-have home decor item come spring. The lightweight coral blanket will add a welcome pop of color to any couch.

An Adorable Bento Box

We’re here to bring you an important PSA: Bento boxes aren’t just for kids! Pack your daily lunch in a cute coral bento box that will keep its contents in place all day long.

Bright Organic Bath Towels

Turn your bathroom into a tropical spa with these organic bath towels. The lush, heavy linens are perfect for wrapping yourself up as you step out of the shower.

A Tropical Bath Rug

While you’re at it, why not snatch up this coral and teal bath mat? It’s the perfect place to dry your toes after a long, relaxing bath.

A Fabulous Fainting Couch

If you’re ready to commit to coral, this elegant fainting couch would make the perfect focal point to any living space. The velvet fabric and wooden spindle legs give the furniture an incredibly regal feel.

Modern Coral Dinnerware

Sit down to dinner with coral thanks to the beautiful Russel Wright dinnerware. Called the “little black dress” of dinnerware, these dazzling handmade dishes will bring a vivacious vibe to your next dinner party.

Fun Paper Lamps

Bring a pop of color to your patio or kids’ playroom with these affordable paper lamps. The coral shade throws off a soft, cozy light that’s so inviting you’ll never want to leave.

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