"An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge"The experts at Pantone have chosen Living Coral for the 2019 colour of the year due to its presence in the natural world, but also across social media, which is having more of an impact on our day to day life. It represents the fusion of modern life, giving a vivid and engaging hue to use across art, design and social. With such a vibrant colour, how does this translate to interior design? The modern home is unlikely to be painted wall to wall in Living Coral. Instead, we will introduce it in our soft furnishings, accessories or in a few, well-considered areas. Pantone have created Living Coral colour palettes which allow you to be on trend, without going "changing rooms" and painting the house head to toe... Let's take a look at some subtle colour palettes for your modern home.
SympaticoThe first Living Coral colour palette we have is Sympatico. A subtle, complementary palette reflecting "a beautiful array of colours that humanize; fusing together a panoply of international sin tones". This is a really versatile colour combination to translate into our interiors due to the taupe base. You can play around with quantities of each colour to create very different looks, while still creating a harmonious interior which is easy on the eye. Bring this look into your home with a striped wallpaper like this one from Cole and Son, which features metallic gold stripe with a subtle pop of coral. Pair with neutral furniture and natural textures to balance out the soft tones with harder textures.
Stylist's Top Tip: Stick to a luxe look for this colour palette to create a high end feel with minimal effort. Balance out your textures and introduce very subtle pops of Living Coral to stop your home feeling too twee. Velvet and walnut would be a great choice for this look.
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110/9044 Striped wallpaper, Cole and Sons
Under the SeaFor our second Living Coral colour palette, we're taking things a bit more literally. This vibrant 'Under the Sea' palette is a bright, eclectic mix of blues, yellows and pinks brings fun and style to your home. You can really play around with proportions; stick to a predominantly blue interior with coral and yellow accents. Alternatively, keep your walls and furniture neutral and mix all these colours together into your soft furnishings.
Stylist's Top Tip: This is a great colour palette for young families. Choose bold and clashing prints for a real eccentric style in vibrant colour combinations. Use this colour combo in your kitchen, but remember to keep your walls and furniture white, to avoid giving yourself a headache!
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Seafern Wallpaper, Cole and Sons
Focal PointFinally, we come to Focal Point. A muted colour palette with greys, olive greens and a gentle touch of Living Coral. This would be a great colour palette for use in bedrooms and living rooms due to its calming feel. Soft textures lend themselves to this colour palette due to the earthy base tones. Velvets, leathers and woods would all work perfectly, making this colour palette suitable to your existing home interior. Update your walls with a lick of green paint and a botanical wallpaper for a trendy, modern style. Introducing pops of metallics will also give this colour palette that little lift it needs to avoid becoming too sludgy. Coppers and Brass will work wonders by pulling out the tone in the coral and olive colours while adding that extra stylist's touch.
Stylist's Top Tip: Choose a wallpaper with a small pop of Living Coral. If you're feeling brave, create a focal wallpaper wall and select a colour from within this to paint you woodwork, leaving your walls white. This will make your home feel super considered while remaining a bit more subtle for future trend changes.
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Graham and Green Botanical Wallpaper