Color of the year: Living Coral

girl diving with with vivid colors around

This year’s color, PANTONE 16-1546, is Living Coral. It’s an animating shade of orange with a golden undertone. Pantone has chosen coral for the way it reflects the warmth, nourishment, and shelter of coral reefs for our precious sea life. This year’s selection symbolises an “innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits” and “authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy”.

When we think of our natural environment, the first color that pops into our heads is green, so at first glance it’s surprising that Living Coral is now being favoured as a color of nature. It shouldn’t be forgotten that nature offers so much more in terms of colours, shapes, textures, and experiences than what we bring into our own awareness.

People are more connected online than ever before, still we are more disconnected from each other on a deeper level… it’s refreshing to think of living coral as a color of the natural world that we are a part of. Therefore the unusual choice of coral brings our attention back to how important it is not only to preserve nature, but also to nurture our real relationships with each other.

Young woman wearing the color of 2019
Wearing living coral
balloon head disconnected people with a vibrant young woman
From disconnection to connection

The coral color is vibrant, creative, and flamboyant enough to be noticed and to bring us back to the present to focus on what really counts.Beatrix

How often will it happen that you are not fully present? You are in a specific space and time, but you don’t see, leave alone express your joy with the moment that’s unfolding in front of you… your mind is either worried about past events or projected into imaginary future problems. The coral color is vibrant, creative, and flamboyant enough to be noticed and to bring us back to the present to focus on what really counts.

If you enjoy bringing new colours into your closet and scattering them around your living areas, you will enjoy experimenting with the hues that pair up beautifully with the versatile coral tones. Create some fresh new touches by introducing some gold for a classy look or turquoise for summer romance. Then wait for the delighted surprise in the eyes of your friends.

 

Cake slice made of paper
Some gift ideas using the same hues.
Door painted in orangish pink
Beautiful hues of Living Coral

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