Pantone’s Color of the Year- Living Coral

Jan 21, 2019

Hi Friends!! I hope you all had a great week! The Pantone Color Institute predicts color trends that affect us all by forecasting what we all will be wearing, how we will be beautifying and accessorizing and without a doubt adding to our house fluffs!! Let’s see what we have in store!!

This year, Living Coral takes center stage with its vibrant nature and Pantone predicts this tone will encourage us to engage in lighthearted activity and joyful pursuits! I am all in for that!

Chasing the Green Faerie

I know that Pantone had the coral reef in mind when picking these tones, but nature has so many beautiful creations in the coral tones!!  Pantone describes Living Coral as “an animated, life-affirming shade of orange, with golden undertones.”

I have always liked coral as it looks good with my skin tone and honestly with so many different colors such as, navy, blues, tans and golds. My mom always said to follow the trends as they always change and come back in style! So… if you love coral, incorporate it in your wardrobe, makeup, or home. If not, sprinkle a few flowers around or buy a fun scarf to be “in!” This super cool photo found on the Scout Guide was from the 60’s and posted several years ago. This color definitely has come back around.

Images via Style -Elie Saab, Mathew Williamson, Fendi, DKNY – Spring 2014

These fashionable run-way highlights were found on the blog Cozy Stylish Chic  who was writing an article about Sherwin Williams paint color Coral Reef 6606 back in 2014. It is now Sherwin Williams’ pick this year to be the closest to Pantone’s hot new look!!

“Ever the trendsetter, Gigi Hadid stepped out in New York wearing the bright orange hue from head-to-toe. The style icon also opted for a bold beauty look: a light dusting of burnt coral eyeshadow covering her lids” reported the Evening Standard . “Wearing custom Ronald Van Der Kemp, the 23-year-old turned heads in the ’90s-inspired look which featured dramatic lace-adorned flares and a matching shirt, held together by a single button for a risqué finish.”

This is setting 2019’s trends year and is on the more vibrant end of Pantone’s Spectrum.

I must agree the whole pallet is energizing!! Here are some pick’s from around the web!!


“Recall those you cherish most with every glance at these leather slides from Seychelles. Rows of coral-hued hearts form the nubuck uppers of these pointed-toe mules, giving any look a hint of nostalgia and romance.”


I would take this Chanel grained calfskin purse in any color!!

Get the men in your life on board with this fun tie from Vinyard Vines.

StyleCraze Best Coral lipsticks

“While we all lust for those perfect coral lips, NYX presents us with this beautiful coral shade which is known as Femme.”

You can get the full spectrum with Bobbi Brown brick blushes sold at Neiman Marcus!

This perfect shade of coral-named “Happy” from Chantecaille is one of the seasons top picks from Vogue !

Butter London makes it their business to create each year’s picks in polish.  You can get this years color on line from Ulta!




Even Apple is on board with its newly released IPhone XR case in Coral.

I love this packaging from Fauchon Paris! This would make the cutest gift that’s filled with candies! Pull up their website! They have so many creative packaging ideas from this Parisian chocolatier!!

And speaking of treats, this pop of color would add to anyone’s table decor from Juneberry-Lane Blogspot.

With so many paint companies all rising to provide the perfect palettes, here are a few beauties which might tickle your fancy!!

I LOVE this door which I had pinned years ago on my peach and coral color crush board on Pinterest. You can buy this photography on Etsy from Risamade Designs.


Don’t be afraid to mix vibrant corals with soft pinks or peaches and the tone always pops on neutral backdrops and pops of gold!!

Marie Flanigan featured this dining room which we hand painted for her in her article Design with Living Coral. She has some great inspiration photos using this exhilarating tone in home interiors!  You should take a peek!

“This stunning dining room featuring custom paneled walls adorned in the Pantone Color of the Year with a rose-gold sheen. The panels are filled with a hand-painted, Chinoiserie-style mural, with delicate birds to represent each member of our client’s family. It’s a true work of coral-colored art beautifully complemented by the deep blue silk drapery that surrounds.”-Marie Flanigan

Seth Kaplan photographer

SO CUTE!! The coral is such a wonderful alternative to pink and could be used for both a boy or a girl!! Decorist did a fantastic job designing this nursery for fashion blogger Leandra Medine! 

Leandra wanted a whimsical, Parisian-themed nursery that balanced form with functionality.  And since she writes about some of the hottest fashion trends we knew that her nursery design would have to impress.  We paired her with Decorist creative director, Jessica McCarthy, who took the design challenge head on. Partnering with buybuy Baby, Jessica created a chic, soothing space that was packed with plenty of Parisian style. Read on to tour this adorable nursery and pick up some helpful design ideas along the way. Also, you can read more about it on POPSUGAR Moms.–Decorist-author Susan Glen

designed by-Lindsay Letters

Until next time, xo Leslie


  • Marilyn
    Posted at 08:12h, 21 January Reply

    Inspiring. Spring is just around the corner. Favorite color. Favorite blogger!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:39h, 22 January Reply

      HI Marilyn!! Your so sweet!! Miss you!!! Was thinking about you as John and I said we want to move into something smaller and simpler. I know you love your new home!! Lock and go! Happy Spring!!

  • Judy Vest
    Posted at 16:36h, 22 January Reply

    Hi Leslie: Don’t be too quick to downsize to a “lock and go” home! We did that 10 years ago after selling our house in Tanglewood and we over-did it on the “downsize” part! Now I yearn for a bigger house with a little yard because my dogs surely hate the no grass, (all patio and pool), and the up-keep is even more because in a smaller space perfection, organization and maintenance is all a must! We frequently lament how much more attention we have to pay to detail….. Your house is beautiful so don’t rushhhhhh!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:14h, 28 January Reply

      Hi Judy!! I so appreciate your comment. We are a bit nervous to pull the trigger because there is no going back! xo

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