Living la vida coral

When Pantone chose ‘living coral’ as colour of the year 2019, it certainly knew what it was doing: the shade has been popular for some time now in the fashion and design world. Moreover, with spring just around the corner, this unique orangey-pink hue (Pantone 16-1546) blooms in all its splendour and as the company itself states: ‘Living coral is an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge.’

In this vein, ‘living coral’ is ideal for the good weather—being highly flattering and fresh—and is a favourite for clothes and accessories, as well as make-up. In fact, springtime lips have embraced this shade for a while now, switching from darker shades such as aubergine that dominate the autumn-winter season.

living coral

living coral pantone

The optimism and joy of ‘living coral’ can also be seen in interior design, including textiles and wall coverings, enhancing the ambience of a room when used coherently with other elements. As a main note, it is usually combined with more neutral shades such as beige or grey to create a comfortable, cosy atmosphere.

If you want to add just a touch of ‘living coral’ to a room, look no further than accenting with textiles. A tablecloth, for example, adds a stylish designer element to a modern, on-trend dining room. It can also be combined with other elements in contrasting hues such as blue, green or gold to achieve a full and balanced colour palette. Resuinsa was ahead of the game last season, offering linen tablecloths exclusively in ‘living coral’.


In short, Pantone’s colour choice this year has received a warm welcome from the worlds of fashion and design, offering subtle flourishes and the chance to create cosy, elegant rooms through nuances that brim with fresh vibrancy.