How to add living coral to your home

29 March 2019

You may not have heard of the Pantone Colour of the Year, but for many people (especially those interested in interior decorating and design), it sets the colour trend for the year to come.

The Pantone Colour Institute’s Colour of the Year for 2019 is Pantone 16-01546, otherwise known as Living Coral. In stark contrast to the dark hues of last year’s Ultraviolet, the story for 2019 is vibrant, energetic and uplifting.

In a similar vein to 2017’s Pantone Colour of the Year, Greenery, Living Coral was chosen for its connection to the natural world. The institute describes the colour as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge”.

But before we get into how to use Living Coral successfully in your home décor, just what is the Pantone Colour of the Year and why is it important?

What is the Pantone Colour of the Year?

Back in 1963, Lawrence Herbert, Pantone’s founder, created an innovative system of identifying, matching and communicating colours to solve the problems associated with producing accurate colour matches in the graphic arts community.

His insight that the spectrum is seen and interpreted differently by everyone, led to the innovation of the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM®, a book of standardised colour in a fan format. Most of us are familiar with the Pantone fan (you may have even seen it at the Bunnings paint counter). Every year, Pantone choose a Colour of the Year – a colour snapshot of what colour experts see taking place in the world of colour that expresses a mood and an attitude.

But what does this mean to those of us who don’t have a degree in graphic arts? Essentially, the Pantone Colour of the Year sets trends for things like design accents, soft furnishings and homewares, in much the same way as fashion trends affect the clothes we buy each season.

Perfect for the living room, bathroom or bedroom

The peachy-pink tones of Living Coral work beautifully as an accent colour in the home. Think candles, vases and other small accessories. If you’re prepared to take it a bit further, consider pieces like rugs, throws and artwork featuring Living Coral. Or, if you’re already a big fan of the colour, you could go bold with a sofa in this vibrant and cheerful hue.

If you’re not quite brave enough to incorporate this pretty pop of colour in your living areas, consider adding it to your bedroom. Stores like Kmart and Target are great at producing on-point home decorator items at very affordable prices. Think bedding, cushions or a throw. And best of all, if you haven’t spent a lot of money incorporating this colour into your décor, you’ll be happy to update it when the Pantone Institute announces its Colour of the Year for 2020!

Design Tip: Living Coral works exceptionally well with gold accessories. Brighten up your bathroom with towels in Living Coral and a candle or two with a touch of gold, for a luxurious feel.

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Choosing the right colours for your new home can be overwhelming – especially if you’ve never done it before. At Hallmark Homes, we look forward to assisting you with this exciting process. Our expert Selection Centre Consultants will personally guide you through all your colour selections, ensuring that everything you choose works together seamlessly, both inside and out. They will also help you with all of your choices when it comes to appliances, finishes, fixtures, plus much more. Our Selection Centre, Select by Hallmark, is exclusive to Hallmark Homes’ clients, and entry is by appointment only.

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