Living Coral – Embracing Pantone’s Color of the Year

Photo source: Etienne Girardet, Unsplash
Photo source: Etienne Girardet, Unsplash

It’s always interesting to wonder which color would embody our entire year—sure, it’s all a bit of fun, but still—don’t you enjoy ‘Color of the Year’ announcements? For the year 2019 let’s give oneness and optimism a warm welcome through the color ‘Living Coral.’ The Pantone Color Institute just announced Living Coral (Pantone 16-1546) as 2019’s Color of the Year, and right after the news came out, people started putting up their idea boards to embrace this vibrant hue. If you love the energy and positivity that ‘living coral’ brings, here are some ways for you to incorporate it into your life.

Cozy coral interiors

A number of interior designers have shown living coral a lot of love as it’s a color that brings energy and warmth to any home. Here we picked Geraldine Tan’s pleasantly colorful interiors for her living room. Geraldine founded Little Big Bell, an award-winning lifestyle blog that curates stylish interior designs for your home. She recently shared a photo of how she designed her space with a cozy living coral lounge sofa along with matching cushions, mats and pop art paintings.

Makeup collaboration with Pantone

Of course, it’s no surprise that the beauty industry is the fastest to hop onto the ‘Color of the Year’ bandwagon. With living coral being quite a usual makeup shade, picking up a lipstick or a blusher in this color won’t be trying at all. So to really make a mark in this scene, Korean beauty brand VDL Cosmetics launched their latest collection by announcing their annual collaboration with Pantone. The brand truly knows how to step up their game because they didn’t just release a palette or two, but an entire makeup line – cushion foundations, lipsticks, nail polishes, you name it! The minimalist living coral packaging alone is totally deserving of a generous space in your beauty arsenal.

Life-affirming coral hues through glorious fabrics

As expected, designer brands filled the runways with living coral for their 2019 Spring/Summer collections. Vogue already got those pieces from fashion week covered, so let’s not talk about Marc Jacobs or Erika Cavallini for now. Here’s a glimpse of fashion’s hidden treasures that also welcome the color of the year. As I scrolled through my Instagram’s ‘explore’ feed, I stumbled upon Chiffon & Spice, a fashion brand founded by Indian fashion designer Kinjal. The flowy coral fabric of the traditional lehenga dress she was wearing on her IG post dances with the wind and the embroidered lace detail of the top is undeniably enamouring. It’s not just the color that speaks through the dress, but also its traditional design that fully embodies India’s rich culture.

Curating corals for the design community

Whether you’re a graphic artist, a content creator or simply an art enthusiast, your journey in search of visual inspirations is an endless road. One good source of inspiration, especially if you’re into photography and illustrations, would be Adobe Stock. They also announced their latest partnership with Pantone this year to curate a collection of designs embracing this year’s color, Living Coral. They have posted a few on their official Instagram, so you can get a glimpse of their collection already.


Colors speak millions of meanings that touch our lives. Whether defined by tradition, superstition or culture, colors are definitely a one-of-a-kind medium for individual interpretation. The naturalness and buoyancy that comes from living coral makes it so easy to adore! How would you paint your life with it this year?

Andrea Centeno

Andrea Centeno

Andrea is a beauty blogger and a makeup aficionado based in Manila, Philippines. In her blog, Shimmering Thoughts, she shares her love for K-Beauty and K-Pop through product reviews, makeup tutorials, and documents the exclusive media events she's been to.

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