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.
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.
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.
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 😉