Pantone color of the year for 2019

In 1963, when Pantone launched the Pantone Matching System, with 500 colors, they couldn’t have known that they would eventually become a globally-recognized expert in the use of colors. Throughout the 1980s they continued to grow their brand, establishing the Pantone Color Institute, increasing their color palette, and introducing new color standards for a variety of industries.

In 2008 the company jumped into the stratosphere with the launch of the myPantone app for iPhone, which has since become Pantone Studio. Throughout their entire history, including changes in parent companies, Pantone has seen unstoppable growth.

The new millennium was ushered in with Pantone’s first color of the year, Cerulean, announced in 1999. From that point forward a lovely new color has been chosen to greet the new year. Pantone's color experts scour the world looking for new trends and influences in color. If the industry includes color in any way, shape, or form, you can guarantee their experts have it in their sights. It’s this research and attention to detail that informs their choice of the year’s color.

Chosen for its vibrant, yet mellow impression, the Color of the Year for 2019, Living Coral, provides a sense of warmth and comfort in our fast-paced and ever-changing environment. This particular shade engages the more lighthearted and social side of our lives, creating a much needed diversion from technology and the concerns of daily life.

Pantone color guide living coral

How can you incorporate the optimism and nurturing natural beauty of shades inspired by Living Coral into your daily life? With their connection to nature and breezy coastal living these shades can be easily worked into any décor just by adding a few new accent items to your home. Try a few from the following list of top ten ways to take advantage of the restorative nature of Living Coral.

1. Decorative Pillows or Shams

One of the quickest, easiest ways to pull in a new color or theme into your style is by changing your pillows for new ones or putting shams over existing ones. Both solid and patterned with pops of the desired color in tandem provide the perfect focal point.

Living coral pillows

2. Bath Towels

Greet guests with plush towels patterned with coral and aqua to bring the relaxation of the seaside into your home. Don’t forget to pick a set for your own bathroom too.

Towels to accent Pantone Living Coral

3. Tablecloths

Changing your tablecloth to a coral shade is a great way to bring in the warmth and vitality of the 2019 color of the year. Add simple dishes, flatware, and a great centerpiece to really incorporate the seaside resort vibe.

Tablecloth in Living Coral accent

4. Accent Rugs

Not only does an accent rug keep your feet off the chilly floor, it can bring in a new color and refresh your home style. There is no better way to do this than with a pop of lively coral.

Rugs accenting Living Coral

5. Outdoor Pillows

With the rise in popularity of outdoor rooms and outdoor living, even the patio or deck can benefit from a pop of this color. Give your outdoor furniture a refresh with coral and blue outdoor pillows.

Outdoor accent pillow

6. Plush Blankets

Snuggling into a richly-colored, coral-hued plush blanket feels like a hug from Mother Nature. Take a well-deserved break from the stress of the day with a blanket in this warm shade.

Plush throw accenting Living Coral

7. Curtains

How better to experience the energy boost of shades inspired by Living Coral than by inviting it in through the window. Get an airy coastal look by draping your windows in this attractive color.

Drapes accenting Living Coral

8. Candles

The use of scented candles allows you to bring in not only the warmth and comfort of the color, but also the experience of the fresh scent.

Candles as accent for Living Coral

9. Bedding

Don’t neglect your sanctuary in your revitalization of your home. A coordinated set of sheets, and a comfy quilt to match, will bring sweet dreams for nights to come.

Sheets accenting Living Coral

10. Picture Frames

Change out a few of your photos of people or places you love to frames in shades inspired by 2019’s new color. Maybe frame a new piece of artwork in a shade of coral. No matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong.

Accent frames for Living Coral

Whether you use a few of these ideas or all of them, your 2019 is sure to be as relaxing and revitalizing as a visit to a seaside beach. Most of the pictured products are available at

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