While everyone has new year’s resolutions, I like to start January reflecting on the Pantone color of that year and on how to incorporate it in my interiors.  For those who don’t know, the color of the year selection is the result of an intensive study at the Pantone Institute that covers trend analysis and color influences in various fields. This study looks at things such as the entertainment industry, films, art, fashion, design, and popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles and socio-economic conditions. Sometimes, new technologies, innovative materials, textures  or even relevant social media platforms and upcoming sporting events can be considered in this study. Therefore, what seems just like a simple color, tells us a lot about the world and the time we live in. This year’s color is Living Coral Pantone 16-1546 and is described by the Institute as “vibrant, yet mellow”. It is a calm and comforting color that contrasts with a day to day life  taken over by technology and social media; a fast-changing and overwhelming world of always pretending to be at our best. This coral color transports us into the deep sea, therefore becoming an escape into a quiet world . One could associate it with tranquility and the search for serenity and authentic feelings. No wonder why the industry was so exited to explore the 2019 Pantone color of the year, living Coral!

In fashion, numerous designers have jumped to embrace this color in their Spring/Summer collection:

And they do so from head to toe:


At home, this color also has its place.

Let’s start in the kitchen:

And move to the bathroom, where this rather classic color adds warmth to a super contemporary room:

I never thought that painting the walls in Living Coral could actually look cool:

But you don’t need to re-paint your whole house as there are many accessories that can do the trick.


Rugs, like this 1960’s Turkish distress rug found on 1st dibs:

These outdoor Borsalina lamps from Cassoni:

Or this Murano glass chandelier:

The more I see it, the more I want to use the Pantone 16-1546 , it really adds a lively yet calm accent to my favorite grey color palette. it is indeed “vibrant, yet mellow”!

However, I still wonder why the Institute named this color “living coral” when coral seems to be dying… but I will leave this question open for another time …