Living Coral: Pantone's colour of the year
A tradition since the year 2000, the Pantone colour of the year has been gaining prominence year on year, serving as a baseline and guide for trends, patterns and products in the realm of all fields related to design and lifestyle.
December is a favourite month for most people; for it is the time for holidays, breaks and year-end celebrations. But for professionals in industries like design, home décor, and fashion, December is a much-awaited month for it marks the genesis of something new, something that sets the ‘tone’ (quite literally) for the coming year. Yes, it is the month when Pantone, the global authority on colour declares the colour of the year.
A tradition since the year 2000, the Pantone colour of the year has been gaining prominence year on year, serving as a baseline and guide for trends, patterns, and products in the realm of all fields related to design and lifestyle. A renowned name in the field of printing, Pantone is synonymous with its proprietary Pantone Matching System (PMS) which categorises colours through a unique numbering system and chip format. Its colours are the standard for industries like apparel, beauty, décor, and design and are valid across a variety of materials including various textiles, plastics, and paint. The selection of the colour of the year takes into account several factors like global happenings, cultural trends and any major developments in the field of fashion and design.
Living Coral: colour of 2019
Much to the delight of industry experts, the organisation announced Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral as the colour of 2019. A versatile and multi-faceted colour that incorporates earthy hues like brown and rust coupled with bright tones of peachy orange with an underlay of pink, Living Coral is a symbol of warmth, nourishment, and effervescence. As per Pantone's statement "this year’s selection symbolizes an 'innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits' and 'authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy'.
The colour which celebrates nature in a world dominated by technology and the excessive use of social media has definitely struck a right chord with experts in the field of home decor. “Living Coral encapsulates vibrancy and cheer. The colour exemplifies a sense of vitality and renders spaces with undertones of visual energy. Coral can add that stimulated touch of exuberance and verve to your spaces with a couple of elemental additions,” says Radeesh Shetty, director of The Purple Turtles.
Amenable to several decorating styles and colours
Living Coral is an ideal shade to energise and enliven a space. Whether you choose to go all out and use it on an accent wall to make a bold statement or just as a means to introduce a pop of colour to escape the monotony of a monochrome palette, Living Coral blends in beautifully. While it exudes zesty and lively vibes it can also create a soft and subtle look and this makes it very easy to blend living coral with existing décor palettes and styles.
A perfect fit irrespective of your decorating style be it minimalist, traditional, rustic, bohemian, or Scandinavian, the options with Living Coral are endless. “Living Coral is the ‘new neutral colour of the year that we are being introduced to. With the ongoing terracotta trend, it does not surprise us that Living Coral has become the perfect colour when it comes to the concept of bringing the outside in. A lot can be done by working around the brightness of the colour. While one can change the look of interiors to be very quirky by working around the warmth of it, one can also transform the interiors to look totally subtle with just an item of accent furniture and rug. If you are a fan of the maximalist approach, bring out the diva in you and play with all the other colours like green, yellow and purple! The colour is vibrant yet mellow,” says Kavita Chaudhary, Design Director, Jaipur Rugs.
In terms of a colour per se, living coral is certainly one with a ‘breezy, flowy’ vibe and exhibits a collaborative nature. It has this quality of complementing and highlighting a whole lot of diverse hues ranging from mint, blue, beige, grey and even gold. The best part about it is that apart from the base colour itself, its deeper and softer hues also match well with a wide range of colour schemes. “It can be used with two or three colours to give a great palette. Example coral with sky blue, black and grey and white can form a great combination. Combinations with coral can be used in tiles for kitchen dados or terraces. Even coral floor tiles with white can add the perfect drama to a space,” says Vaishnavi Pratima, founder of the interiors home décor studio Vaishnavipratima. It is a great idea to balance a space when Living Coral is incorporated with plenty of whites and beige. Throw in some coral cushions on a white bedspread and you have a bit of drama in an otherwise elegant space.
You need not make really big changes or break the bank in order to introduce Living Coral into your homes. Right from the living room to the kitchen and even bathrooms, there are plenty of creative ways to use this colour. If an accent wall in the living room or a kitchen backsplash is too big a project, incorporate it in furnishings, cushion fringes, or even headboards. It can also be added in the form of art on the wall or even in lighting. Nothing is more exuberant than having green plants in bright coral planters. “You can start off small by adding a few cushions, runners, or even accent pieces into the mix. Coasters and vases are another great way to dip your toes into this trend. On the other hand, if you’re all about making a statement, you can also look at doing up your space with different shades of coral, to create a shaded effect,” says Meghna Zutshi, Head, Visual Communication, Jaypore Home Décor.
Painting a side table in a high-gloss coral shade or adding small accessories like cushions, table napkins, a cosy throw, or even a distressed trunk can be great ideas that can be incorporated on a budget. “You can create a distinguished look and a focal point with this colour by adding that statement rug or carpet. The patterns could be bold, with solid blocks and geometrical patterns intricated with a tint of gold and yellow hues. Accentuate the living room with a sofa in coral or highlight the dining place with the mats or crockery in this shade,” says Hemil Parikh, Founder, Elysium Abodes, LLP.
Dos and don’ts
Optimum use of accessories, attention to detail in terms of their placement, and using the colour in moderation especially if the space is small are some of the factors you need to be mindful of when using Living Coral. Considering that it is a warm, bright shade it can potentially overpower the neutrals if the space is limited and hence maintaining visual balance is a key to make it a success.
While it is best paired with deep wooden accents, furniture with soft lines, and cool colours like ocean or aqua blue, avoid using it with silver and warm colours. “Be careful to blend hues with care. If the walls are stimulating, the floor should be light and neutral. As a warm colour, it tends to create a ‘closed-in’ feel in the spaces in a room, hence maintain a visual harmony and use this shade with a light hand,” says Basob Majumdar, VP-Design, HomeLane.com.
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