Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2019 – Living Coral


Interior trend alert – Living Coral

The much anticipated colour announcement is finally here! Colour guru, Pantone has revealed their official colour of the year 2019; Living coral – a vibrant pinky-peachy-orangey shade. This bright colour is a fresh take on the earthy tones we have seen ever present in interiors and fashion in the past few seasons. Pantone describe the shade as an “animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge”.  Pantone announces a colour of the year every December, based on trend-forecasting research from the Pantone Colour Institute. We can’t wait to get stuck into this new trend.


The colour is chosen based on “what is taking place in our global culture at a moment in time”. The colour has been said to reference the nourishing impact of coral on sea life, as well as the “devastating” effect of today’s society on the environment. Living coral is defiantly a shade with zest and drama but how will we see this lively colour translating into the interior trends of 2019?


A touch of Living Coral

We predict the earthy red and brown terracotta shades of 2018 will lift and encompass a touch of pink and orange. Organic shapes and bellowing sheers will create a fresher, lighter and more invigorating setting. Soft furnishing and fabrics can be used to soften the room, mixing warm wood stains with tan leathers and peachy accents. Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral could be used to embrace a comfortable and inviting room filled with natural elements and layered textures.pantone-living-coral-a-touch-of-coral-sofasandstuff

Bethnal Green Sofa and Armchair in Heritage tan leather paired with soft pink coral tones.

Running with the trend Living Coral

If you are an ‘all or nothing’ kind of person you may want to embrace everything peachy. Emily Murray of interiors blog Pink House defiantly got the Pantone memo. Emily has embraced the shade full heartedly and freshened up her living room to create a fun and vibrant family corner. Does this colour take your fancy? It’s by non-toxic paint company; Painthouse in the shade ‘Ida’. They say this cool shade “is a footloose and fancy-free pink colour, full of 1950’s Americana flair and rose-tinted nostalgia.” We couldn’t agree more. The peachy walls work really well at brightening up with small space. While the large, grey Wadenhoe corner sofa by Sofas & Stuff grounds the space creating a comfortable retreat for the whole family.


Wadenhoe Corner Sofa upholstered in Ian Mankin Wool. Discover Emily’s full room make over on her blog.

Underwater Adventure

Draw on the underwater world and mix coral with aqua marine for a lively underwater scheme. Bring the natural world into your home with Living Coral. Velvet is a sumptuous carrier of vivid colour and the perfect finish for a coral sofa or chair. Pair velvet with a mix of different textures such as a blue linen cushion or blind. Keep the space bright and clean with a simple white walls and neutral wooden floor. Bring in some tropical points of interest such as coral ornaments or gemstone pieces.


Kennington velvet chair in Midnight velvet and Grassington sofa in Tango Velvet Flamingo.

The Pantone colour of the year, living coral is a prediction of the colour trends of the year to come. Whether you use the colour as the basis to freshen up your room or introduce a touch of coral with the changing seasons. Anyone can inject some colour into your home in 2019 inspired by Pantone’s colour of the year. However you choice to style your home, embrace Living Coral as a trend that is here to stay.

Sofas & Stuff can upholster any of their bespoke pieces in your choice of fabric including coral velvet and aqua marine featured in this blog post as well as any shade in between. Discover your nearest showroom and start designing today!

Katie Clarke