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The Perfect Color Matches for Living Coral: Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year

Posted on 11 December 2018

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Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year is So Much More Than a Pretty Pink

Last Wednesday, the design world held their breath as Pantone announced their 2019 Color of the Year: Living Coral. 

Always inspired by our social culture, The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. This year’s vivacious color comes as a reaction to the overbearing presences of digital technology and disconnect of “in-real-life” human interaction in our daily activities.

 “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


Why We’re Excited About Living Coral

pantone 2019 color of the year living coral color swatchYes, this color is indicatively reminiscent of maritime. When you hear the color “coral” mentioned, your mind might wander to a warm beach with your toes dug deep in the sand and a passionfruit something-or-other cocktail in hand.  But this color has so much more to offer us than as an accent in coastal vacation homes. If we can make Ultra Violet work, we can make any color work.

Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year is extremely versatile when it comes to color combinations. This hybrid of orange and pink makes for an instant mood booster and displays enthusiasm, energy, and originality.

What used to be one of the hardest colors to sell to corporate and private clients in artwork has recently taken a turn to be one of the most popular. Last year Art Design Consultants sold works across the pink spectrum. Now, vibrant-in-your-face fuchsia pinks hang in corporate collections along with pastel peonies. 

We’re so excited about Living Coral we curated a collection of artworks with Pantone’s Color of the Year in mind.



Best Color Pairings for Coral Décor and Artwork

Best Color Pairings for Coral Décor and Artwork

Coral and Light Grey

Understated while sophisticated, greys with a slight blue undertone provide the perfect supporting color to compliment coral without overpowering it for an easy-to-look-at color composition.

original artwork by beth young for sale on Blink Art


Bonsai Rock Pink Sunset by Beth Young


Coral, Aqua, and Yellow

Exactly opposite of the previous color pairing, this trio of bold tints is a symphony of singing color. Coral, aqua, and yellow are a party just waiting to happen.  Yellow brings out the golden undertones of Living Coral, while a dash of aqua keeps the color combo balanced.

original artwork by Amy Yosmali for sale on Blink Art


Pink Champagne by Amy Yosmali


Coral with Raspberry and Eggplant

The rich jewel tones of raspberry and eggplant offer a high contrast in color when pairing with the lighter hues of Coral. 

original artwork by Priya Rama for sale by Blink Art


Dewy Dawn on Poet's Street by Priya Rama


Coral and Green

Various shades like fresh green, mint or moss green accent coral brilliantly. After all, red and green are complementary colors. 

original artwork by Sally Painter for sale by Blink Art

Violets Are Blue by Sally Painter


original artwork by Filomena Booth for sale by Blink Art

Sunrise Reflection by Filomena Booth


Coral and Turquoise

Similar to the coral and green color combo, turquoise compliments the orange components of coral, yet is playful and light. Making for a brighter and bolder statement within the pairing. 

original artwork by Helene Steene for sale by Blink Art

Antiquity Dive II by Helene Steene


original artwork by Steph Fonteyn for sale by Blink Art

Buoy by Steph Fonteyn


Coral and Pinks

Fresh dewy hues of pastel pinks work well with coral to give off a sweeter, innocent vibe, while deeper, more saturated pink tones crank up the personality. 

original artwork by Julia Hacker for sale on Blink Art


Lolita by Julia Hacker


original contemporary artwork by Marti Leroux for sale by Blink Art


Forever Yours by Marti Leroux


Wow...and that's just to name a few color combos. From peachy pinks to deep saturated cool tones (and practically everything in-between), Living Coral is truly a complimentary chameleon and pairs well with a wide variety of colors. We can't wait to see what type of design is inspired by this energizing and uplifting color. 



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