It's a warm positive shade of wow that we love, but how can we welcome Living Coral, the glorious Pantone colour of the year into our homes? We have some ideas...
We're well into 2019 and as summer daylight floods in, now's the perfect time for our interiors to embrace Living Coral.
It's a delicious, warm and bright optimistic shade, a joyful mix of orange, pink and red.
Think of a favourite rose, a warm holiday sunset filling the sky, flamingos resting in the sunshine, the blush chest of chaffinch, the easy glow of a rose quartz lamp... what's not to love!
The trend is being embraced everywhere from our gardens to high street fashion and it's so easy to welcome indoors.
While some of us may feel a little nervous repainting a whole room in living coral, there's no reason why it can't work.
Look for coral themed wallpapers with complementing patterns featuring soft greys and olive greens, or head to the paint department and imagine the living room, kitchen or bathroom bathed in the glow of a deepest summer evening.
Tone the effect with neutral flooring, furniture and textiles. We have hundreds of neutral floors, all varying in type and tone, so there's something that will suit your preference.
Or, try an easy update and introduce pops of Living Coral, a shade Pantone experts have chosen to represent our need to appreciate the rhythm of the living world. That's the natural freedom of the living coral reefs under the sea, the blossoming of favourite flowers or the discovery of the perfect seashell. The carefree colour is a reminder not to be consumed by the digital world, but to reach out to one another, to celebrate life and introduce some naturalness to our lives.
Little pops of joy
The lightest touch of this essential 2019 colour means an instant update. Look for living coral in candles, a beautiful glass vase, a piece of art, textiles, a throw or that easiest of accessories - a couple of cushions.
Keep it natural
Living Coral works beautifully with neutral shades of sand and beige. A lightly stained wood floor (like the Barlinek Sense Oak Sense Engineered Flooring) will work with a coral-framed mirror or a bunch of freshly cut coral coloured roses.
It's so peachy
A happy pink with more than a hint of gold, use metallics to bring out the fun in living coral. Put those coral candles on a gold, rose gold or copper dish and place a couple of gold cushions on a coral chaise longue or sofa.
Pretty in pastels
Coral could be made for us pastel fans with pastel greens, blues and pinks adding a gentle tone to a faded coral. Look for coral shades of artwork framed in pastel sea shades or add a coral throw to a pastel blue settee.
Keep it crispy
Coral with white is super smart, crisp and clean. Think white walls or white curtains and natural oak wood flooring with an occasional chair in coral, or a coral cushion on a white wood rocking chair, accompanied perhaps with a white footstool upholstered in gentle coral. If you want to go all out, a white floor with white walls will open up the room and draw attention to the captivating coral features.
Looking to the future
Pairing coral with black, navy, deep grey or dark green keeps it striking and contemporary. Pile a bed high with coral cushions in a variety of fabrics, mixing and matching plain and patterned in velvet, silk, linen and cotton. If you're really brave, opt for a dark floor to really make the coral pop.
Smart but fun
Coral coffee and tea canisters balance marble and granite kitchen worktops, while in the bathroom coral soap canisters, accessories and coral toned towels complement a myriad of décor styles from rustic creams and whites to the deepest night shades.
What else can we add?
We could give the front door a cheery coral paint make over, or choose elegant living coral accessories to bring the Pantone Colour of 2019 easily into our lives. Once we start looking, we find all those final touches we love for our interiors from casserole dishes, tablecloths and place mats in coral to photo frames, rugs, curtain, vases, coffee tables, bedside chests of drawers, bookshelves, lampshades and lamp bases.
Living coral is a joyful colour for 2019 - have fun!