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Pantone says “Living Coral” is the colour of the year – what do we think?

Living Coral is the colour for 2019 – what’s our thoughts?

By Leona Connelly, Interior Design Assistant


Pantone announces the colour of the year for 2019 and we at Furnish and Fettle are already excited …

So What is the colour? and how are we going to be using it? Well according to the Pantone colour institute 2019 is all about” Living Coral “which represents playful expression and our innate need for optimism and with all the doom, gloom and uncertain going on at the moment who isn’t in need of a bit of cheer and optimism! The team here are certainly optimistic about introducing coral into our schemes and of course into our Showrooms too.

Living Coral is, to get technical: ‘a coral hue with a golden undertone’ so basically it’s a few shades louder than pink but softer than red. Okay so who is joining us in embracing the positivity of coral and adding it to their homes? Linwood is already ahead of the game with its new Mismi collection , this contemporary wool collection has some beautiful soft coral patterns combined with blues for a contemporary twist on a pretty colour way.

Manuel Canovas is a brand never afraid of colour and pattern and coral is something that has always featured quite strongly in their collections. Toiles remain a popular choice and the stunning Balleroy in coral and pinks would work just as well in both contemporary and traditional settings.

For the brave amongst us, Coral works really well with bursts of strong colours such as teals and inky blues…use this combination for a really striking way to add the positivity of coral into our homes. Coral upholstery or fabrics set against a strong teal backdrop is particularly successful. Traditionalists fear not, Paint and Paper library have a lovely shade of coral called Beetlenut…this beautiful muted warm earthy coral lends itself really well to a traditional scheme especially when paired with slates and sludgy muddy tones such as Heath or Tarleton.

Now I know I have said this a thousand times before but the easiest way to add a new colour into an existing scheme is with soft furnishings, it’s a really quick way to add a new colour into an existing scheme – it’s a fantastic way to add a pop of colour and as Pantone would have it a pop of optimism too and who wouldn’t want that in cold and dreary January?

Having said all this colour is a very personal thing and trends don’t need to dictate what you have in your home – beauty is in the eye of the beholder!  Our job is to help you find your style and a good starting point is finding a colour that you love – Living Coral or not!


Interested in exploring how to bring your interiors bang on trend – or alternatively hate trends and just want to give your home a refresh call into either of our showrooms to find out how we can help……

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