Last week, Pantone announced its 2019 Color of the Year: Living Coral. An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge. Vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.

In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE Living Coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.

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PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.

How to Use the Pantone Color of the Year 2019

Pantone has created five different color palettes that feature PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral to help you bring this year's special shade into your designs and illustrate the dynamic nature of this color within various combinations.

FOCAL POINT  Immediately drawing our attention like a beacon of light, PANTONE Living Coral warmly engages, vivifying the palette as it becomes the focal point in this understated and upscale, composed and cool color grouping.

FOCAL POINT
Immediately drawing our attention like a beacon of light, PANTONE Living Coral warmly engages, vivifying the palette as it becomes the focal point in this understated and upscale, composed and cool color grouping.

SHIMMERING SUNSET   Bold and brilliant, a palette evocative of the dazzling portrait of color splashed across the sky as the sun rises and sets, one where PANTONE Living Coral energizes and enlivens, adding to our feelings of pleasurable warmth.

SHIMMERING SUNSET

Bold and brilliant, a palette evocative of the dazzling portrait of color splashed across the sky as the sun rises and sets, one where PANTONE Living Coral energizes and enlivens, adding to our feelings of pleasurable warmth.

SYMPATICO  Paying homage to skin tones around the world and the shades we use to enhance our complexions; Sympatico is comprised of a beautiful array of colors that humanize; fusing together a panoply of international skin tones with those soft and warm colors we layer on to create that healthy glow.

SYMPATICO
Paying homage to skin tones around the world and the shades we use to enhance our complexions; Sympatico is comprised of a beautiful array of colors that humanize; fusing together a panoply of international skin tones with those soft and warm colors we layer on to create that healthy glow.

TRIPPY  A palette of hallucinogenic shades with dizzying effects, the wildly hedonistic color range we see in Trippy is pure and unadulterated; an exuberant range of joyful color that speaks to irrepressible fun and spontaneity that includes the life affirming PANTONE Living Coral.

TRIPPY
A palette of hallucinogenic shades with dizzying effects, the wildly hedonistic color range we see in Trippy is pure and unadulterated; an exuberant range of joyful color that speaks to irrepressible fun and spontaneity that includes the life affirming PANTONE Living Coral.

U  Awash in color suggestive of the watery environment that lies beneath a tropical island paradise, Under The Sea places PANTONE Living Coral at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, evocative of how coral reefs embrace with their warmth and nourishment and provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of colorful sea life.

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Awash in color suggestive of the watery environment that lies beneath a tropical island paradise, Under The Sea places PANTONE Living Coral at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, evocative of how coral reefs embrace with their warmth and nourishment and provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of colorful sea life.

Content sourced from Pantone Color Institute.