Get ready to start seeing this color pop up everywhere. 

By Katie Holdefehr
December 06, 2018

It's the day designers, stylists, and paint brands anxiously await each year—the day when Pantone announces its much-anticipated color of the year. And Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year does not disappoint. Introducing: Living Coral (Pantone 16-1546), which Pantone deems a "vibrant, yet mellow" shade of coral. Pantone describes the color as "an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge." The color is optimistic and bright, but without feeling too cloying or overwhelming. 

While most recent headlines associate coral with "dying," to proclaim coral as "living" makes a bold statement, NPR points out. With increased focus on climate change and the state of our environment, "Living Coral" feels hopeful and forward-thinking. But Pantone is quick to note that nature isn't the only inspiration for this hue—social media also played a role. As we get more immersed in social media, Pantone explains in its press release that people are wanting more human connection. "With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial PANTONE Living Coral hit a responsive cord," explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. This energetic, sociable hue is a stark contrast from Benjamin Moore's more muted pick for color of the year. 

The 2019 Pantone Color of the Year is relevant and future-focused, but did we also mention that it's an absolutely gorgeous paint color? We expect to see this hue pop up on front doors, furniture, and accent walls in the near future. If you're looking for a quick way to refresh your home decor in the New Year, get inspired by these Living Coral paint ideas spotted on Instagram. 

Follow House & Home's lead and brush Living Coral on your front door to greet guests with its "vibrant, yet mellow" vibes.

Need even more proof that bright coral looks amazing on front doors? This beach house snapped by Kate Aiello Design should convince you. 

A slightly deeper shade of coral posted by Italian design firm Mora Progetti proves just how sophisticated this hue can look, especially when paired with a serious sofa and the perfect mood lighting. 

In this trendy apartment in Barcelona by Colombo & Serboli Architecture, the metal ceiling beams are highlighted with vivid coral paint. You can get a similarly unexpected look by painting one surprising element in your home, such as a radiator or water pipe.