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Decorating Wisely: PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2019 Featured

Written by  Thursday, 31 January 2019 21:50
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By Glenda Wise


I suddenly realized that I never wrote about this year’s Pantone color of the year. The 2019 color of the year chosen by PANTONE is number 16-1546 Living Coral. The Pantone website describes it as “an animating and life-affirming color hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.”

PANTONE goes on to describe the color as “representing the fusion of modern life”, because it is a nurturing color that appears naturally in nature, in response to the inundation of digital technology and social media.


This color is said to welcome and encourage lighthearted activity, because we are seeking real and authentic, immersive experiences. Leatrice Eiserman, executive director of The PANTONE Color Institute, says that Living Coral captures consumers’ desires that crave human interaction and social connection. That is a very detailed way to describe a color, but, honestly, it is all true. When one views the color, it does offer some sense of peace and playfulness.

While the color is a mellow shade of orange, it can be difficult to incorporate a new color into our homes. Living Coral will give you a nice pop of color in your décor. It especially works well with anything in the blue family. Think of coral reefs and the beautiful turquoise waters of the ocean or a blue sky and sunset. It is also a nice natural pop of color when used with a neutral color palette of creams, whites and/or greys. Living Coral is complementary with shades of green such as a honeydew hue or sage green.

Check out the color of the year at www.pantone.com to see the color for yourself and see how you can bring this beautiful color into your home.

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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