Pantone colour of the year 2019

2019, The Year of Living Coral

Everyone likes the start of a new year, right? Perhaps you are a person who loves compiling a long list of goals for the year, perhaps not. But regardless, the New Year undeniably brings a feeling of renewal. I think we have all travelled enough times around the sun to realise that a new year doesn’t mean that anything is really going to change, unless we do. But there is something about the feeling of a fresh start, a clean slate; whether that comes in the form of a new year, a new month, or just the start of a new day.

A fresh start often brings with it new perspectives and (hopefully) fresh inspirations. Each year, artists working in every aspect of design eagerly await Pantone’s announcement of the new colour of the year. It brings us fresh inspirations, and reinvigorates our creativity. It provides a hint of what our year may look like, what shades we may feature in our work, and which colour we may need to reinvent in more ways than one.

Source; Pantone
Source; Pantone

This year, for 2019, Pantone has chosen a colour known as Living Coral that they describe as ‘a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.’

Coral is a shade that sits somewhere between an orange and a pink. It is more vibrant than salmon, and more orange than watermelon.

It is energetic, youthful and vibrant. It works well with psychedelic greens, and chartreuse , and deep tones like burgundy. Coral can work well within muted colour palettes also, taking inspiration from natural skin tones. It works well played against other pink and orange tones, too and works well within some pastel blends.

Pantone says: “Vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.
In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.” 

Pantone has prepared 5 colour schemes to illustrate how Living Colour can be used in a variety of ways.

Source: All Colour Palettes guides from Pantone

Coral will make a gorgeous colour choice for bridesmaids dresses for any upcoming nuptials but Pantone’s colour of the year is not reserved for weddings only. Pantone’s colour influences design everywhere, so expect to see cushions, throws, and decor accessories available soon which you can use at home. Clothing, accessories and jewellery will also feature in this vibrant colour.

Coral inspired wedding bouquet
A bouquet modelling just how it is done using the Shimmering Sunset colour guide. Image via Pinterest

There are so many popular choices of flowers available in Coral such as ginormous dahlias, glasshouse grown roses, gorgeous ruffle garden roses, poppies, infamous Coral Charm peonies, snap dragons, tulips, carnations and more. There are plenty of fresh cut flower choices available in Living Coral throughout the whole year for you to enjoy. I love Coral, so I’m thrilled 😉

Fwf x

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Coral dahlias
Source: Jardine Ravec Jean Paul
Coral snap dragons
Source: David’s seeds and plants
Coral toned tulips
Coral toned tulips
Coral roses
Source: Guides for Brides UK

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Tips on How to Shop for New Baby Flowers in Sydney

There is no better way to welcome a newborn than by sending a fresh bouquet of flowers.  The birth of a new bundle of joy deserves beautiful flower arrangements that you can have delivered at the hospital or at their home’s doorstep. Although newborn babies won’t have the slightest memory or appreciation for the new baby flowers sent their way, parents will definitely feel special for the thoughtful flowers delivered to their home.

 

When you buy new baby flowers, what things do you need to remember?

  • Pick a colour that matches the baby’s gender

A blue-themed flower bouquet if it’s a boy and pink flower arrangements for a newborn girl. This rule may seem a tad outdated in the 21st century, but parents appreciate receiving flowers in this colour scheme. If you want to stay away from the traditional blue and pink to identify the gender of the body, you may also go with more gender neutral colour flower arrangements in white, green, and yellow. If you wish to send your congratulations in vibrant and loud colours, try sending flowers in various shades of purple instead.

  • Your choice of flowers is important, too!

When sending new baby boy and baby girl flowers, you need to choose a flower based on their resilience and longevity. Although it might be tempting to send flowers that are delicate and aromatic, you may want to choose flowers that can last longer than usual. If possible, request for a flower arrangement in vase or in a pot so they can thrive and grow alongside the new baby boy or baby girl.

Excellent flower arrangement options for a baby boy and girl bouquet are lilies, tulips, roses, ranunculus, and chrysanthemums.

  • Add a little extra to your gift

New baby flowers are made special with the extra bits and pieces that you can add with the package. To make it a truly special gift for the newborn and his or her parents, you can add balloons, chocolates, fruits, and stuffed animals, too!

Although these gift items are not too expensive, they will surely add to the overall beauty of the package once they are delivered at the doorstep of family and friends.

 

Welcoming a baby into the world is made more special and memorable with new baby flowers delivered to your loved ones in Sydney. To check our special new baby flowers packages or if you wish to enquire about prices, call us on 02 9871 1666 today.

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The Top 4 Christmas Flowers Gift Ideas

Christmas is just around the corner! Australians love summery Christmas as we can spend our holidays basking in the warmth of the summer sun. We may have a White Christmas in the country, we still follow some of the most heart-warming tradition during the Yuletide season.

If you are looking for a thoughtful and beautiful gift to give out to loved ones this season, we highly recommend for you to send a bouquet of Christmas flowers. Instead of buying conventional Christmas gifts to your family and friends, why not send them flowers that they can use during their own Christmas celebrations at home or a Christmas flower or plant that they can grow in their own home?

 

What flowers represent Christmas?

 

  • Poinsettia

 

When we talk about poinsettia, the first thing that comes to mind is the Christmas holiday. They are immensely popular around this time of year due to poinsettia’s extremely vibrant red colour. Poinsettia symbolises two things; red as blood of Christ and white leaves for purity. If you want the recipient to take good care of it in the long haul, request that the poinsettia plant is placed in a vase. In this way, your loved ones can care for them and make them last longer, too.

 

  • Mistletoe

 

Mistletoe is the second most popular holiday plant as it is used as cheerful decoration. Although mistletoe is technically a plant, adding a few twigs to a flower arrangement will give that much-needed Christmas vibe.

 

  • Amaryllis

 

Amaryllis is a beautiful, slender flower in great demand during the Yuletide season. White and red amaryllis are great for Christmas flower arrangements due to their huge bulbs that are similar to trumpets announcing the arrival of the festive holidays. Amaryllis flower arrangements make excellent centerpieces and complement the colours of Christmas at home.

 

  • Christmas Cactus

 

Unlike the traditional types of cacti that thrive in hot and warm climates, Christmas cacti grow well in cooler temperatures. The flowers bloom around late November and usually adapts well to cool indoor environment. The flower got its name from its luscious flowers that hang down gracefully like Christmas ornaments.

 

These flowers can be included in the next flower arrangement that you send out to a loved one this Christmas. To find out about the other Christmas flowers or if you wish to place an order, call us now on 02 9871  1666.

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The Best Christmas Flowers in Sydney to Send to your Loved Ones

The Yuletide season is a time for glad tidings, good cheer, and beauty. One great way of spreading joy and love this Christmas season than sending Christmas flowers to Sydney family and friends. You can now send Christmas flower arrangements by ordering them online.

Although flowers are not the first thing that comes to mind when we talk about gift-giving during the Christmas season, doing so is a thoughtful and sweet gesture nonetheless. This article will help you pick the right Christmas flowers that your loved ones will immensely appreciate.

Top 2 Christmas Flowers in Sydney

You may find this surprising, but did you know that majority of Christmas flowers are actually tropical plants? Tropical flowers and plants are ideal around Christmas season in Australia as we enjoy warmer climate around this time of the year. This also means that it will be relatively easier for your recipients to take care of them over time.

Here are the top 2 flowers that are excellent gift ideas this Christmas:

  • Poinsettia

Poinsettia symbolises Christmas. Poinsettia has been a part of Christmas traditions all around the globe. Also known as “flower of the Holy Night” the colours of the poinsettia flower symbolise the joyous event that is the birth of Jesus Christ. The red petal symbolises the blood of Christ whilst the white leaves represent purity.

You can have poinsettia delivered in a pot or have it installed in a flower arrangement with other beautiful blooms. They are great centerpiece flowers when combined with pine needle leaves and frosted acorns.

  • Amaryllis

The Amaryllis is another popular flower around Christmas holiday. The tall and elegant beauty of the Amaryllis matches with the festive celebrations that happen during the Yuletide season. The Amaryllis plant typically comes in red and white colours. Ideally, Amaryllis should be delivered cut and placed in a vase so it can last a long time (up to three weeks) and can bloom again with proper care.

 

Send your loved ones these beautiful, seasonal flowers. We deliver lovely Christmas flower arrangements to anywhere in Sydney at your request. For orders and enquiries, you may call us on 02 9871  1666.

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A Home Among The Gum Trees

Firstly, let me welcome you to the first blog of 2019! Time seems to be moving ever faster but what a glorious start to the year it has been. On our way up to our holiday accommodation, I was musing….mesmerised by the glorious scenery along the way,  inspired by the colour palette that Mother Nature created for us. I was dreaming about ways I could use these palettes in another creative project.

One tree that continued to catch my eye along the way were the gum trees. The streaky trunks painted in watercolours bleeding into one another: muted greys, mauves, soft golds, dustry pinks, aubergines and chocolate.

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Eucalyptus trees in Hervey Bay. Supplied.

The summer skin of the gums standing there strong and proud…freshly naked. Freshly shed, brilliant bright orange in colour: an intoxicating tequila sunrise.

And who could forget the ghostly white gum tree? Pale and creamy,  illuminated against the backdrop of bright blue skies, and the thick green scrub.

Like many others I’m sure, I had assumed all gum trees were native to Australia, so like me you may be surprised to find that this is actually not the case.

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One evening I was chatting to one of my best friends,  who just so happens to be a very talented,  inspired florist.  She was talking about this AMAZING variety of Eucalyptus, The Rainbow Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus deglupta. I’d never seen it or heard of it for that matter!

Source: Sarefo, via Wikimedia Commons.
This image shows the distribution of Eucalyptus. The Rainbow Eucalyptus is the only species occurring naturally in the northern hemisphere. Source: Sarefo, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Rainbow Eucalyptus is also known as the Rainbow Gum or Mindanao Gum and is native to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and The Phillipines. But what is also pretty unique is that this is the only Eucalyptus that extends into the northern hemisphere naturally.

In areas of the USA, the trees only grow to approx 100-125 feet tall, which is approximately half the height they grow to in their native environment. But, if you can provide them with a frost free environment,  you can grow a Rainbow Gum of your own…though remember it is a huge tree so it’s probably not suitable for most residential settings.

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The defining feature of the Rainbow Eucalyptus is the multi coloured bark. The older bark sheds each year,  at different times, revealing the new layers of bright,  lime green trunk underneath. As the new layers age and mature,  the colour changes and deepens, revealing a multitude of vertical coloured stripes: in lime green, blue, purple, orange, red, maroon and grey.

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The colours appear brightest and most intense when planted in native regions. The Rainbow Eucalyptus loves full sun, and rich, medium to wet soil. It does not tolerate frost, so is suitable for subtropical and tropical regions only.

It is the kind of plant that is almost unbelievable. But believe me, it’s real, and this is all completely natural. Wow!

Fwf x

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