The highly anticipated Pantone Colour of the Year 2019 has been announced as Living Coral 16-1546 – and we love it!

Pantone has described it as an animating and life-affirming coral hue, with golden undertones to energize and enliven and bring a softer edge. The beauty of this colour is that it can be used to add simple accents, or you can go all out and use it as your main theme palette. We anticipate this gorgeous hue is going to be springing up in interior design magazines and trend features throughout the year, so we set ourselves the task of curating our own tips of how you can bring this vibrant shade into your home.

Introduce a statement wall

Add a statement wall, or in fact go for it and wallpaper the whole room. This Prism Coral wallpaper is an updated take on a mid-century design, where structured forms blend with delicate lines and a tangy palette. We love the contrasting addition of the yellow chair. Prism Coral wallpaper from Graham & Brown from £50 per roll.


Add pattern and texture

It’s not just coral colour you can add, but also bring the textures of Living Coral into your home. This velvet cushion cover with matching applique, resembling coral, from Zara Home is the perfect way to do it. Price from £29.99.

Introduce coral to your tableware

It’s not just walls and floors where you can add this beautiful hue. If you don’t want to go the whole hog, introduce touches of coral by way of crockery. This Brookland Orange 12-piece dinner set from Habitat from £70 will bring a fresh and original appeal. To add contrast, mix and match it with their black & white Brookland set.

Coral brings a soothing note to bedrooms

Add an unexpected splash of colour to white duvet covers and pillowcases. These 100% cotton, 200 thread count covers have tiny pompoms stitched around the edge to add a bit of fun, as well as colour.  Designed by Sophie Robinson in collaboration with the Secret Linen Store – with her trademark pompom style. White with coral detail pillowcases from £14 and king-size duvet covers from £79.

Paint a statement

Create a statement wall with Living Coral, or use it to paint the whole room. Farrow & Ball’s Red Earth No.64 has a light terracotta hue, taking its name from the soil beneath our feet. It works really well on one wall of a large room or painted throughout a small room. Rich yellow and red pigments are blended to create a warm, earthy feel that would look beautiful in either a period or contemporary home. This paint colour responds well to the light, becoming richer towards the end of the day. From £45 for a 2.5 litre tin.

Bring the outside into your kitchen

Add some colour to your kitchen by introducing Living Coral by way of tea towels or accessories. These cotton-linen blend tea towels have been digitally printed with a vegetable design of oranges, corals, yellows and purples to add a bit of fun to your drying up. Price from £12.50, designed by Freya Snow Textiles.

Add luxe appeal

Sumptuous fabrics such as silks and velvets can add a luxury feel to your home. Highly collectable American mid-century furnishings have inspired this unique and distinctive tub chair, with beautiful hexagonal detailing. The velvet fabric comes in a number of colours, but we think this works really well in a coral hue. Alveare tub chair in orange by from £349.99.

Curl up under coral

The lovely thing about Living Coral is that it works so well with contrasting colours, such as this soft shade of stone blue. Curl up on the sofa with a good book under this gorgeous, 100% merino wool throw from Not on the High Street from £119.99.


Dress up your windows

Add a bright, cheery note to your windows to create a fabulous colour contrast to any room. These Expressions Coral Blackout Blinds for Velux Windows from Blinds 2Go start from £33.33.

Add a touch of coral to your floor

The Rug Seller

Coral can be used in bold or subtle ways when it comes to flooring. We love this fine woven flatweave design, featuring natural and contrasting coral coloured stripes. Fields Rugs are hand woven in India with a combination of wool, cotton and viscose yarn, which ensures durability in high traffic areas. From £159 from The Rug Seller.

Author:  Sara Chardin

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