color story: living coral.
by Chelsea Jackson comment


bright pink coral wall color. / sfgirlbybay

As December comes to a close, one of my favorite things to look forward to is Pantone’s the of Color of the Year and it’s finally upon us — 2019’s shade is Living Coral! Pantone describes the hue as an “animating and life-affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone” which sounds like just the type of color I could get used to seeing.

More than simply a reflection of color trends, the selection of a shade to mark each year is a “concerted cultural moment” and I’m excited to see this moment chronicled in fashion, interiors, and all myriads of design. Rooted in the seriousness of the fate of our coral reefs and with a nod to playfulness, living coral is an impossibly fluorescent yet subdued hue. From vibrantly pigmented beauty products to the artfully aged walls of the Moroccan Medina, coral seems, all of a sudden, to be omnipresent and seriously smile-inducing.

Pantone’s color institute executive, Leatrice Eiseman, told Refinery29 of the hue’s timely appointment: “it expresses warmth, that kind of harmony, human interaction and social connection that we’re looking for. I think that’s something so inherent in the human mind. It pulls you in, gathers you in, in such a warm and inviting way that it opens up an avenue to positive thoughts, not negative. That, we felt, was a really vital part of expressing the Color of the Year with Living Coral.”

Are you loving the color as much as I am?

xx, chelsea

coral pink wall paint and tile in modern bathroom with freestanding tub. / sfgirlbybay

coral cotton jumpsuit. / sfgirlbybay

living coral: pantone's color of the year 2019. / sfgirlbybay

dried flowers in brown tissue paper. / sfgirlbybay

red sandstone cave walls. / sfgirlbybay

living coral color inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

fashion an decor inspired by pantone's color of the year: living coral. / sfgirlbybay

mango water-repellent quilted coat; bonnie and neil holiday tile pillow; Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Lip Tint; glossier cloud paint in dawn; rms beauty lip-2-cheek in smile; medusa’s heirlooms yoga claw; redbubble spiral notebook; Allsteelsofa; below: Babette by Torremato from LightCo.

emerald green light fixture with pink and orange wall. / sfgirlbybay

coral faux fur coat. / sfgirlbybay

urabn mural with coral backdrop. / sfgirlbybay

living coral inspiration for pantone's color of the year 2019. / sfgirlbybay

bright coral bathroom vanity nook. / sfgirlbybay

suede mules in peach and pink. / sfgirlbybay

eclectic bedroom with pops of coral. / sfgirlbybay

coral architecture. / sfgirlbybay

cozy bohemian bedroom with pops of coral. / sfgirlbybay

peachy coral dress. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: elle decor uk; domino; madewell wide-leg utility jumpsuit; pantone; jasmine dowling; stella maria baer; l’echappee belle; madewell butterfly top; Krewson Design via Houzz; mei yee; Britt Lucas via Ellie Louise Coker; Abbie Paulhus; stella maria baer; madewell wide-leg utility jumpsuit; ezz wilson; vintage coral print via victorian wall art; architectural digest; Mari Giudicelli Rose Leblon Mules; Villa Kérylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France; Pintai Suchachaisri via conde nast traveler; urban outfitters Phaedra Medallion Tufted Rug; Black Crane Coral Classy Dress.

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