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Pantone colour of the Year 2019

An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge

For 20 years, Pantone’s Colour of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product, packaging and graphic design.

The Colour of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s colour experts at the Pantone Colour Institute comb the world looking for new colour influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, play styles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact colour, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

Living coral colour ideas

Pantone have created five colour palettes that feature Living Coral, which you can use or take inspiration from, to bring this year’s shade into your home. Here’s three of our favourite Pantone colour palettes.

Under the sea

Pantone colour palette under the sea

If you love vibrant colours, then this colour palette is the perfect option. The bright colours are suggestive of a watery environment that lies beneath a tropical island paradise.

Focal point

Living Coral really stands out against the cool, understated colours featured in this colour palette, making it the main focal point.


This colour palette takes inspiration from the many different skin tones around the world and the shades we use to enhance our complexions.


Introducing Living Coral, or any colour for that matter, into your home takes skill and requires an understanding of which colours work well together. With colour, it’s all about getting the balance right, ensuring your eye isn’t too distracted by it and that there’s a connection between the parts that make up the scheme. Use the above colour palettes to see which colours work well with coral. Here’s some ways that you can use Living Coral in your home.

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