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Liven Up Your Home with Pantone’s Color of the Year

PANTONE is your color partner for design, offering tools for color savvy industries from print to apparel to packaging. Every year this color intelligence company develops a well constructed and balanced group of color palettes, which is associated with their projected “Color of the Year.”

The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, PANTONE’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

According to PANTONE, 2019 is truly the year of mass creation and positive energy.

The PANTONE Color of the Year is CORAL – PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral to be exact!

This color is considered “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” Coral embraces us, it is inviting and warm. It makes us feel comfortable in our surroundings and our ever-evolving daily lives.

This color is vibrant and leaves you room for unbound inspiration and a multitude of ideas to fill in the blanks in order to properly compliment this hue.

“Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral. With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial PANTONE Living Coral hit a responsive chord,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute.

You will find this Color of the Year most common in places/things listed below:


Not only is a comfy seating area a plus, but a colorful one is the way to light up any living space. It adds a pop of brightness and life to a room without being overbearing or taking away from other accents surrounding it. You can also add a neutral-colored rug to fill your space.


Whether you choose to paint the ceiling or have an accent wall of coral in your home, they are both winners. Time to ‘juj’ (as Paul would say) it up a little bit for the new year!

Wall Decor & Lamps:

Any decor in the coral color pop, but wall art and lamps are statement pieces for any room. Coral once was noticed only in the season of summer, but why not add it to your winter collection as well?

Most colors are paired well with this color of the year, but some of the most familiar ones are navy blue, gray, and yellow.

Try them out and let the Paul Wharton Style Team know what you like!

BIG thanks to the PANTONE family for taste in colors every year!