How to Apply Pantone’s Color of the Year

Every year for the past 20 years, the experts at the Pantone Color Institute have selected a color of the year based on their analysis of trends and influences in a variety of industries. This includes art collections, fashion, interior design, travel destinations and even new technologies that impact color.

In 2019, the bright yet surprisingly subtle Living Coral, otherwise known as PANTONE 16-1546, aims to ground people from life on social media and technology. The Pantone website explains that designers are looking to provide consumers with authentic experiences that bring about connection.

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

So how can you integrate Living Coral into your everyday life? It’s all about the accessories.

Dress Up Your Living Space

Pantone’s Living Coral can add a pop of color to any space while still achieving a commonly desired minimalist, monochromatic color scheme. There’s no need to redesign your whole space to achieve this look. Instead, include Living Coral in your interior design with accessories like throw pillows or cozy blankets for your couch, a rug for under the coffee table or glassware for your dining room table. Through minor touches, this vibrant color adds a warmth to your home while maintaining the integrity of your own personal design concepts. Go even further by opting for a comforter inspired by the color of the year or swapping out your neutral couch for a coral one.

A Fashion Forward Color

Throw on a pair of jeans, a white t-shirt and a Living Coral purse, and you have a thoughtful and trendy look. For a bit more of a statement, make Pantone’s Color of the Year your outfit’s main shade by pairing a coral sweater or coral jeans with something printed or plain. Whether you’re someone who prefers a pop of color or for a color to dominate an outfit, the opportunity is yours to decide how intense you would like to wear your Living Color this year.

Better Your Beauty Routine

Luckily for those who wear makeup, coral is much easier to tie into your routine than 2018’s Ultra Violet. For a more subtle look, apply a light dusting of coral blush on your cheeks or eye shadow to your eyelids. In addition, a coral lip is always fun and easy to pull off for all skin types. To go a bit bolder, apply a coral liquid eyeliner for a colorful cat eye or add some coral freckles for something fun.


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