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Soften Your Decor With Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year: Living Coral

Living Coral: Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year

You may have noticed a growing trend in the use of coral––the new rose gold––in everything from paint colors to hair color! This pinkish-orange shade is described by Pantone as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge…Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.”

Like many shades of orange, coral represents encouragement and motivation and is fresh and invigorating. This softer, more feminine shade radiates warmth, happiness, and comfort, making it the ideal color choice for your client’s home.

Using Coral Decor In Your Design

Coral can be subdued or it can be bold. It all depends on how much you use, where you use it, and most importantly, what colors you use it with! Whether you embrace coral in accent pieces like throw pillows, area rugs, or furniture, or treat it as the “main event” and paint your walls, these stunning color combinations will help you create a look your clients will adore!

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Coral & White/Gray/Cream

This combination is best suited for a hallway, kitchen, or study.

Some clients may gush over a coral wall but for the client who wants a more subdued aesthetic with just a pop of this energetic hue, use coral as accents in your furniture or doorways, and pair with neutral shades of white, gray, or cream.

Artwork to fit this color scheme: “Whipped Cream” from our Blossom & Foliage Collection has a warm, white and beige color palette to tie your decor together, and it adds movement and texture. Purchase “Whipped Cream” here.

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Coral & Navy or Dark Blue

This combination is best suited for a living room or bedroom.

Combine a soft feminine hue like coral with a masculine hue like navy to merge the best of both worlds. Start with a coral wall and a contemporary, dark blue sofa, and then build your design around them. This bold combination looks best with neutral accents like white or gray for throw pillows, area rugs, lamps, and other furniture.

Artwork to fit this color scheme:Stand Alone” from our At The Lake Collection is a great statement piece without the need for splashy colors. The subtle colors within this artwork will complement your color scheme perfectly! Purchase “Stand Alone” here.

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Coral & Turquoise or Coral, Aqua, & Yellow

This combination is best suited for a living room or sitting area.

The mix of bright, luminous aquas and yellows pairs perfectly with the relaxed coral to tone down bolder colors.

Artwork to fit this color scheme: Sunburst” from our Blossom & Foliage Collection is an upbeat, energetic mix of hues that will brighten your child’s day. Purchase “Sunburst” here.

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Coral & Plum

This combination is best suited for a child or girl’s bedroom.

Use a soft coral in your accent pieces with neutrals white and grays, then go bold with your artwork and select a piece with vibrant shades of plum to create an invigorating atmosphere for your client’s children to hang out.

Artwork to fit this color scheme: Shouting Chartreuse” from our Blossoms and Foliage Collection will add a bold splash of color to bring any room to life. Purchase “Shouting Chartreuse” here.

Interested in learning more? Contact our in-house Art Advisor for individualized help on selection and planning by emailing