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Words by Georgia Jordan

Each December, design professionals and enthusiasts throughout the world’s creative industries eagerly await the reveal of Pantone’s choice hue for the year ahead. In 2019, expect to see visual trend-setters in the fashion, accessories, beauty, and interior design and decorating industries hear the call of Living Coral in stores and online.

When the well-travelled colour experts at Pantone announce one hue worthy of year-long attention, the effects are swiftly felt. Diving back to earth again after experiencing the heady interstellar magic of yesteryear’s Ultra Violet, we are now ready to focus our attention to a bright orange-based hue inspired by the vibrant living marvels found beneath the surface of our reefs. Showcasing a golden undertone, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment just as coral reefs provide sustenance and shelter to sea life.

In contrast to the often-hostile online world, the sociable and spirited shade encourages lighthearted activity, and symbolises our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits. “Colour is an equalising lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral,” said Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute™. “With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanising and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive chord.”

Those of us fortunate enough to have had the

numinous thrill of gazing upon the vivid and effervescent colour in nature know of its energising and mesmerising power. Holding particular significance for the Australian public at a time when our very own natural wonder of the world is under threat, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral reminds us how important it is to preserve the kaleidoscope of colour that can be found in our treasured reefs.

“Colour enhances and influences the way we experience life,” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Colour Institute. “As a shade that affirms life through a dual role of energising and nourishing, Living Coral reinforces how colours can embody our collective experience and reflect what is taking place in our global culture at a moment in time.”

Providing a bold statement in any living space, Living Coral is perfect for creating immersive and interactive spaces in your home. Seek the playful shade in shag rugs, cosy blankets and lush upholsteries to achieve a warm, comforting and nurturing sensation in your home. Whether used in accessories, tabletop items or on the wall, Living Coral will add a dramatic and ebullient pop of colour to any room.

Embrace the energising beauty of Living
Coral by surrounding yourself with items
in the same colour family.

1. ‘Delicate Coral Reef II’ in Red
RRP from $160, www.karibouartco.com.au
2. Coral Moroccan Decorative Babouche Slippers
RRP $62.36, www.bohemiadesign.co.uk
3. Ruby Waterproof Scatter Cushion
RRP $102.20, www.bridgman.co.uk
4. Cloud Coral Tassel Earrings
RRP from $45, www.madebyastrid.etsy.com
5. ILVE Customisable Oven
POA, www.ilve.com.au