In December, Pantone announced that the Colour of the Year 2019 would be Living Coral.
A departure from the moody, thought-provoking shades of Ultra Violet they promoted throughout last year, Living Coral is vibrant and energizing; perfect for adding a sense of joy and warmth into your home and wardrobe.
It’s only January and this buoyant hue is already creeping into design articles and Instagram feeds from around the world – stay on top of the trend and brush-up on how to get Living Coral into your life.
- In your hands
ICYMI, the new iPhone XR handsets are available in six colours – one of which is this glowing coral. If you haven’t already upgraded, stay on-trend with a phone in this year’s hottest colour and you won’t even need a new phone case.
The new iPhone XR in a dazzling coral shade. Image source: apple.com
- On your feet
Shoes are always the best accessory to try out an eye-catching new shade. Add a cheeky pop of Living Coral on your feet to make any work or play outfit a little more fun – but without the colour grabbing quite as much attention as it would on a handbag.
- On your arm
The next step up from shoes? Obviously, the bag. Although ‘Living Coral’ doesn’t demand that everything is actually coral shaped or printed with coral patterns, this leather fold-over bag is cute, quirky and right-on-the money. If you’ve got slightly deeper pockets, this classic Chanel (below) is the perfect colour.
Image source: Chanel.com
- On your head
Thanks to two royal weddings, hats and fascinators made a massive comeback in 2018… but that’s not what we’re talking about. No – if you’re feeling brave, head to the salon and get yourself some coral-coloured locks. From short buzzes and pixie-cuts to elegant up-dos and flowing curls, peach hair is modern, striking and so on-trend.
- In your wardrobe
In the coming months, you’re going to see Living Coral in retailers everywhere. When it comes to choosing to your look, just remember that the spirit of the shade is supposed to be quirky, warm and optimistic. Look for unusual details like frilled cuffs, fun patterns and bold silhouettes to do the colour justice. Even a simple accessory like a coral necklace, tie or scarf can be all that’s needed to lift the rest of your outfit.
- On your kids
Coral is going to be a big part of kids’ fashion this year, too – hardly surprising given how energetic the shade is! This children’s sweatshirt from Mini Rodini has exactly the right level of playfulness and whimsy that Living Coral deserves – we only wish it came in grown-up sizes, too!
Image source: Childsplay Clothing
- On your walls
Planning to refresh your home this season? Make a big statement with block-colour walls or keep it slightly more subtle by introducing a floral or geometric pattern that incorporates the colour. It might be too intense for some, but we love this literal interpretation.
- Soft furnishings
If you’re seriously in love with this shade already, don’t hold back. Bright, block-colour sofas are still stylish and a pop of pinky-orange is the perfect way to give your living room a lift. Alternatively, incorporate armchairs, rugs or new curtains to spice things up.
This Mid-Century inspired sofa-bed from Wayfair embraces the welcoming, spirited shade. Image source: Wayfair
- In subtle décor touches
Not ready to invest a lot in Living Coral just yet? Look for bright cushions, tasselled throws or fresh flowers to build up your colour scheme gradually. Roses, peonies and carnations can easily be found in coral tones, and look understated and luxe in a simple glass vase on a coffee table or shelf.
This candle from Zara Home is another cute literal interpretation of the coral trend.
Image source: Zara Home
When it comes to introducing coral in any part of your life, we recommend starting with a little flash here and there. This lively shade usually steals the spotlight, so combine it with soft neutrals like crisp whites and warm creams. Next, build up to contrasting Lively Coral against mint, aquamarine or navy to make both colours really pop.
Finally, once you’re feeling confident, move to a tone-on-tone colour scheme to feel as optimistic and bold as the shade itself. Break up large coral-coloured pieces without compromising the overall look by mixing in gentler tones of blush, rose and apricot. Go forth and conquer.