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Since 2000, Pantone has been providing homeowners colour inspiration with their signature Colour of the Year. How they decide which colour to feature is a bit secretive, but after two days of presentations and debate, representatives pick the year’s titular colour and what they feel best describes the zeitgeist.

In this post, we discuss how you can use this year’s Pantone Colour of the Year – Living Coral – to enhance your home and breathe new life to it.

Living Coral

The Pantone Colour of the Year - Living Coral.

In contrast to last year’s colour of the year, Ultra Violet, this year is a more subdued colour. Pantone describes Living Coral as an “animating and life-affirming hue” which is unique. Traditionally, colours that depict life-giving aspects or have an energizing effect are very bright and warm.

It also stands in contrast to a previous pink colour featured by Pantone – Rose Quartz. While the more commonly termed “millennial pink” has a youthful but almost artificial feeling, Living Coral is more mature and natural.

Unlike yellow or orange tones, Living Coral energizes with a softer edge. It boasts a more subdued tone and evokes the colours of actual coral. The colour is also a reminder that the bright and lively colours of coral are only possible when it’s a healthy environment. As a result, Living Coral also evokes the fleeting beauty of our oceans – reminding us of what we can lose if we don’t try to preserve our natural wonders.

Living Accents

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As with all of Pantone’s recommendations, Living Coral isn’t a colour you’ll use for your entire room. Rather, it’s a great hue to accent and highlights your living spaces. Large decorative pieces and even furniture that incorporate this colour will easily become the main focal point of your room.

Unlike other colours, you can’t go “overboard” with Living Colour. Since it has a more subdued tone, it’s easy to mix and match it with your room’s existing colour scheme.

Coral on the Wall

The best and easiest way to incorporate Living Coral in your home is through wall prints and canvas art. Not only do they easily become the centre of attention in the room, it’s an efficient way to showcase the colour without making it too out of place.

While there are many art styles to choose from, the two best to feature 2019’s colour of the year are watercolour and pop art styles. Watercolour best expresses Living Coral’s subtlety and richness, as well as how the tone blends well with others. The fluidity it expresses is also evocative of the colour’s origin as an element of the sea and oceans.

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On the other hand, pop art has always incorporated shades of pink. Many of the movement’s signature pieces have a primarily pink tone and the more modern pieces now incorporate touches of Living Coral.

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You can also go with photography prints, especially ones that feature coral in an ocean landscape. You needn’t look any further, too; our own Great Barrier Reef features an impressive collection of coral. It’s not difficult to find one that has that signature Pantone colour.

Keep in mind that your choice of décor isn’t restricted to the waters. If you go with featuring more natural elements in your wall, you can find Living Coral in flowers, animals, rocks, and even the twilight skyline.

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Why Canvas?

Canvas is the most effective medium to showcase bright and rich colours. Unlike the usual framed prints and portraits, canvas wall art has a three-dimensional aspect to it. It’s an art object instead of just a static and flat piece on the wall.

The three-dimensionality of the canvas artwork makes the otherwise subdued Living Coral pop up and spread its atmosphere throughout the room. Whether it’s a single piece of canvas or a landscape, the medium is effective at bringing life to your room.


At Canvas Art Factory, we have an impressive selection of canvas wall art for your home. We are 100% Australian owned and operated and have a keen eye on what looks best on the wall. Visit our showroom or call us today at +61 7 3383 2880 to learn more about our exclusive prints from local award-winning artists and photographers in the country.