Pantone Color of the Year

If you don’t know Pantone let me give you a brief introduction to who they are and what the “Color of the Year” is and how it’s used.

      “Pantone began in New York City in the 1950s as the commercial printing company of M & J Levine Advertising. The company’s primary products now include the Pantone Guides, which consist of a large number of small thin cardboard sheets, printed on one side with a series of related color swatches and then bound into a small “fan deck”. For instance, a particular “page” might contain a number of yellows of varying tints.

      The Pantone Color Matching System is largely a standardized color reproduction system. By standardizing the colors, different manufacturers in different locations can all refer to the Pantone system to make sure colors match without direct contact with one another. This system has been widely adopted by graphic designers and reproduction and printing houses.

Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute declares a particular color “Color of the Year”. Twice a year the company hosts, in a European capital, a secret meeting of representatives from various nations’ color standards groups. After two days of presentations and debate, they choose a color for the following year; for example, the color for summer 2013 was chosen in London in the spring of 2012. The results of the meeting are published in Pantone View, which fashion designers, florists, and many other consumer-oriented companies purchase to help guide their designs and planning for future products.” (source)

Ok, now that the history lesson is over let’s get to the fun part. The color! For 2019 the color chosen my Pantone is Living coral.



When I first saw the color I thought, “Ok cute but, it feels very beachy”. Coral is a color that most of us would equate to a beach house with lots of blues, and shells, and rope accents. But then I went looking for inspiration. And girl, I found it, so I’m going to share it!

c1c8bfa77aa99200537bad0dfb3f4d4eThere are some rooms out there that clearly scream, “You all are late, we’ve known this color was the bomb for a while now.” These are the rooms that have used coral and similar colors in wall treatments. Paint is an easy relatively inexpensive way to change the look of a space. (source  source)


Furniture pieces are another great way to add just a pop of coral. If you’ve got an old armchair laying around, this might be the year to reupholster it in a warm coral fabric  (source source)



Coral mixes well with some time proven interior color and texture favorites. Blues, greens, pinks, warm wood tones and neutrals like black and white all play really well with coral. (source unknown)


This wallpaper has to be one of my favorite ways to add that pop of coral! And they added that cup to the mantel to make it really sing. The below space a good example of how you can add coral into your existing decor and it will play nicely with things you already own. Most of what’s here suddenly turn into super neutrals once the pop of color is added. (source)





From walls, to chairs and pillows, to floral arrangements and DIY projects it turns out it’s super easy to add a little living coral (and other closely related colors) to your space. Using coral in small home accents like wall art and pillows is a way to commit with out big C committing. (source, source)


If you’re looking to add a little coral to your space we’ve recently added these bud vases to the shop! Check them out and try out a new trend!













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