A beautiful close-up photo of some feathers in a monochrome Coral.

The Pantone Color Institute released its Color of the Year for 2019 recently, and it has a lot of meaning. If you don’t know about Pantone, they’re the industry standard for color, providing, ” a universal language of color that enables color-critical decisions…” The company and its color institute are important for pinpointing exact colors of paint, as well as understanding what colors are within trend at the moment.

The Color of the Year is an annual selection of one or a few colors that hallmark the trends and issues of the coming year. The Pantone Color Institute comes up with their colors through very careful consideration, and their color choices usually set the standard of color for the year.

For example, 2018’s Color of the Year was Pantone 18-3838, Ultra Violet. They described the color as communicating “… originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” So as you can see, the Pantone Color of the Year is deeply meaningful.

With that in mind, let’s dig into the Pantone Color of the Year for 2019.

Pantone 16-1546 – Living Coral

Living Coral, as the Pantone Color Institute calls it, is “An animating and life-affirming coral hue… that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” It’s a gorgeous take on a vibrant color, soft, but not too soft. As for the color symbolism of Coral, there’s a lot to it:

Where It Gets Its Name:

As you might suspect, Coral gets its name from the living coral that make up large reefs in the ocean. These invertebrates come in all shades and colors, but the most striking and eye-catching is the Coral we’re looking at for this Color of the Year.

What Sort of Energy It Puts Off:

Coral is a vibrant color, yes, but it puts off a more peaceful, tranquil sort of energy. It represents transformation in this regard, and some believe that the object (and by extension, the color) can ward away negativity.

How Pantone Refers to It:

Pantone has a gorgeous description of their Living Coral on its Color of the Year Page, but we’ll paraphrase it here. Living Coral is as vibrant as it is mellow, embracing you with warmth, providing comfort in a constantly changing world.

The Meaning to Our Lives:

According to Pantone, Living Coral is a reaction to the hold that digital technology and social media has over our lives, and emblematic of our seeking of authentic experiences, connection and intimacy.

How to Use It:

Coral is a versatile color that can be combined with warm and cold colors very easily, depending on the effect you want to achieve. It can feel feminine or masculine depending on what you pair it with, and it can really brighten up a project if used correctly.

To Summarize…

Living Coral is a color meant to feel connected to the vibrancy and familiarity of the colors you can find in nature. Though some are skeptical of the color’s meaning, we’re delighted to see such a bright, vibrant color getting recognition and we’d love to see it in more home.

Looking Forward To Your Next Project?

Whether you’re looking to use Coral in your next project or want to go with something else, the expert painters at Pro Paint are ready to help! We can help guide your color choices and you can leave the painting to us. Just contact us to learn more about our services.