2019’s Color of the Year: Living Coral

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The Pantone Color Institute recently announced its 2019 Color of the Year, called Living Coral (In case you’re a design super fan like we are, and have the book, it’s color 16-1546). Every year since 2000, the Institute has chosen a Color of the Year. Experts at Pantone headquarters in New Jersey look at trends in many branches of the arts and manufacturing, such as the entertainment industry, emerging visual and textile artists, fashion designs, technology and more, to decide on the winner for the upcoming year.

What does this mean for you, though? Typically this color will be utilized by brands, designers, and other consumer-focused companies in their latest batch of products. Remember when everyone was in love with millennial pink (coffee mugs, phone cases, home décor from the top designers all the way to mass production for chain stores)? Well, you can thank Pantone’s 2016 Color of The Year, Rose Quartz, for that.
The 2019 winner was chosen for its “animating and life-affirming” hue which “energizes and enlivens with a softer edge,” according to the official site. And it is likely no coincidence that this year’s color evokes the beauty and fragility of our marine life and oceans. It’s a reminder that real life coral reefs, which are vibrant, bright, and lively, are only possible if they are surrounded by a healthy environment. Some of the biggest names in design have been making efforts to help clean our waters, replant trees in areas affected by deforestation, and minimize their carbon footprints.
Living Coral feels like that fresh, energetic hue that everyone can enjoy starting off a new year, especially when we’re trying to escape from the cold dreariness of winter. This color works well in home design, in fashion, and even as makeup or nail color. It looks great in a quilt or as throw pillows to contrast a neutral living room.
Why not take a look through your fabric stash and see what coral treasures you might even already have? A new living coral project may be the perfect new year’s inspiration for you!
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