PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2019 : LIVING CORAL

The PANTONE® Colour of the Year announcement has become something of a colour carnival within our studio. Come December, whispers of ‘which tone will triumph?’ lead to lengthy discussions on the merit (or not) of the selected shade.

Last year’s Ultra Violet divided the design team’s opinions, but 2019’s winner ‘Living Coral’ (aka Pantone 16-1546) is a certified crowd-pleaser.  

Described as ‘buoyant, vibrant and effervescent’, the marine shade is as much of a timely cultural observation as it is a unifying vibrant pigment. PANTONE’s selection is rooted in both the disastrous fate of our coral reefs and said to be representative of our ‘innate need for optimism.’

But bold and playful as it is, Living Coral is surprisingly easy to incorporate into your interior. Clashing tints and tonal-blocking, or subtle accents and subdued casts provide endless options on how to embrace 2019’s shade with the grand accolade. 

Here’s how . . .

Pretty in Pattern 

Floral patterns are an accessible way to incorporate PANTONE’s vivid heroine, offering opportunity to include as much or as little of the shade as you choose.

If you’re after a subtle take on the trend, be inspired by this moody and dramatic de Gournay wallpaper highlighted with pops of the shade, or go all out with an intensely coral background such as this custom wall covering by Zoe Design.

de Gournay wallpaper via    Pinterest

de Gournay wallpaper via Pinterest

Zoe Design wallpaper via    Pinterest

Zoe Design wallpaper via Pinterest

Tonal Blocking

Professional coral converts can try layering different shades of Living Coral to create a single bold look. A daring mix of coral paint, upholstery and flooring will inject a room with playful personality.

Pastel and paler versions of the shade sit nicely alongside the more vivid Living Coral, and prevent the colour from becoming too overbearing.

Photography by Jason Frank Rothenberg, via    domino

Photography by Jason Frank Rothenberg, via domino

Kemble Interiors via    Pinterest

Kemble Interiors via Pinterest

Painted Playfulness

Painting your walls is an easy and affordable way to make a coral-themed impact in your home. Our designers suggest pairing the shade with wood tones, or creating a subdued effect with furniture and accessories in darker shades.

You can also use paint on a smaller scale, by opting for a peach-toned featured wall, or sparse hits of coral on doors and skirting boards for punchy playfulness.

Image via    Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Home office rendered in    Sherwin Williams Coral Reef SW 6606   .

Home office rendered in Sherwin Williams Coral Reef SW 6606.

AKD ACCENTS

Our favourite way to use PANTONE’s coral shade is as an accent. It sparks a burst of interest in any monochromatic or neutral-themed interior, as well as acting as a complimentary colour to blue or green hues.

In the girl’s bedroom of our Wentworth Street project, we achieved a pink palette that wasn’t too saccharine sweet. A vivid coral colour for the soft furnishings added a whimsy yet daring feel perfect for this feminine space.

Our    Wentworth Street    project photographed by Pablo Veiga and styled by Megan Morton

Our Wentworth Street project photographed by Pablo Veiga and styled by Megan Morton

Artwork by    Kerry Armstrong Art

We also picked up the shade downstairs in the open-plan living area with commissioned artwork by Australian artist Kerry Armstrong. Sitting alongside complementary blues and greens, the coral colour really punctuates the otherwise white oasis, defining the dining room area within the open-plan space.

ULTRA VIOLET LIGHTS UP OUR LIFE

The New Year is a time for fresh design eyes and clear heads, and of course, a brand new PANTONE®  Colour of the Year to let our imaginations get lost in. We have been excitedly awaiting the announcement by the colour experts, a reveal that will ultimately influence the design world for the year ahead. Last year PANTONE® amazed us with striking Greenery – a crisp, bright colour that symbolised new beginnings.

This year we have been blown away by the bold colour choice of Ultra Violet! Of course it doesn’t influence everything we do in design, but it is always fun to be challenged and inspired by how our contemporaries and visionaries are using the 2018 palette in their designs.

A complex, dramatic and futurist colour, Ultra Violet holds many meanings. The colour symbolises the mysteries of the cosmos, pushing boundaries, discovery, spirituality, energy and individuality.

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In interiors we often see Ultra Violet used as an accent colour. Its jewel toned nature instantly adds luxury and formality to any space, especially when applied to lush velvet textures.

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The complexity of Ultra Violet's dimension via its depth, richness, coolness and warmth, complements a vast array of colours from deep blues, greys and greens to our favourite metallics copper and brass.

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In nature, Ultra Violet awakens senses everywhere – from delicate Jacaranda blooms in Spring, to delicious velvety figs, unforgettable sunsets and scented fields of lavender.

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We look forward to seeing how the wonder of this palette evolves in the coming months. It's definitely no wall flower, so we have a feeling it may just burst the seams of our juicy design bubble and make it's way boldly into the every day . . .

Image 1 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 2 via Brendan Wong / Image 3 via Rodales Organic Life / Image 4 via Nexus Designs / Image 5 via Nohahassan Designs / Image 6 via Doris Leslie Blau / Image 7 via Norfolk Lavender / Image 8 via Kelly Hoppen

2016: THROUGH SERENE ROSE-COLOURED GLASSES

Every year, worldwide renowned colour company PANTONE® announces their ‘Colour of the Year’ that symbolises a snapshot of what is happening in design and culture around the world.

It is a time when designers, manufacturers, suppliers and clients eagerly await the prediction of the palette that we will likely see more of in the year ahead. Last year we celebrated Marsala with it’s rich earthy tones that beautifully complemented the metallic palettes we love so much!

This year, for the first time in its history, PANTONE® have selected a complementary pair of colours to represent the ‘Colour of the Year 2016’ – Rose Quartz and Serenity.

And whilst the selection doesn’t dictate our overarching design aesthetic, it is definitely inspiring to see how the chosen colours are being used in unique ways throughout the design world as well as every day life.

Here are a few of our favourite images from Instagram that beautifully capture the calming and relaxing palette for 2016.

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   Rose Quartz and Serenity inspired macaroons via  @desirantonline

Rose Quartz and Serenity inspired macaroons via @desirantonline

The calming and relaxed palette appearing in variations of texture and pattern via  @eggdart

The calming and relaxed palette appearing in variations of texture and pattern via @eggdart

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   What a fabulously fun sense of space and use of the 2016 Pantone pairing via  @souldstudiodigital

What a fabulously fun sense of space and use of the 2016 Pantone pairing via @souldstudiodigital

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   Celebrating Rose Quartz with a wearable collection of enviable 2016 pieces via  @thedarlingevent

Celebrating Rose Quartz with a wearable collection of enviable 2016 pieces via @thedarlingevent

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   The perfect table setting inspiration for those special Spring and Autumn occasions via  @andrewrobyevents

The perfect table setting inspiration for those special Spring and Autumn occasions via @andrewrobyevents