Pantone’s 2019 Color Of The Year Makes For The Best Couch Shade

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A new year presents a perfect opportunity to make a lot of changes in your life, whether that means something more internal, like ditching toxic relationships or taking up a new hobby, or something more superficial (but still greatly satisfying) like giving your home space that much-needed makeover. And if you're looking for a little inspiration for the latter, look no further than the Pantone's 2019 Color Of The Year, Living Coral.

Pantone has been dictating the color trends for some time now, and its selections always have a story behind them — and this year is no exception. "In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy," the site explains. "Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of [Living Coral] welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity."

Pantone describes the shade itself as "an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge." And if that description already has you excited to redecorate, you're not alone. Los Angeles and Austin-based event and interior stylist Abby Pendergrast says, "As an avid color enthusiast I am stoked about Living Coral!" In fact, she's already plotting ways to incorporate the color in creative ways throughout your home — from the super subtle to the major statement pieces.

"As soon as it was announced I did some digging and the color choice was selected to evoke connection, conversation, and create experiences," Pendergrast adds. From luxury bedding to accent walls, there are a slew of different ways to get Living Coral's positive energy to brighten up your home. Ahead find a few suggestions, including the interior guru's personal favorites.


"What better way to welcome guests than starting at the front door?" asks Pendergrast, who actually painted the door of her previous home in Austin a similar shade. And while you've got the paint out (FYI Benjamin Moore's Coral Gables is pretty much spot-on), the stylist suggests applying it to a few architectural details. "That color could also be super cute painted on the moldings or window frames," she adds.

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An easy way to be non-committal about a bright hue like Living Coral is through art. Pick up a print in which it's more prominent, like this one by artist Julita Malinowska; if you decide you're over it, just swap it out for some other color du jour (mustard yellow, perhaps?).


Go big or go home with a statement-making piece of furniture in the shade, like this luxurious fainting sofa.


If a sofa feels a bit too big of a commitment, try a small decorative accessory, like a ceramic bud vase. Follow Pendergrast's pro tip for creating a memorable tablescape and "use three or four of these down the center of your dining table for maximum effect."


Another low-pressure way to get Living Coral into the mix is with the addition of decorative pillows. "For those not as bold-inclined, an easy way to spice up your neutral sofa or bedding is with throw pillows and I am especially loving this Moroccan tasseled pillow," says Pendergrast.


Because Living Coral is a soft shade that's neither masculine or feminine, it can be a great option for bedding, towels, and other textiles throughout your home.


Another statement making option for trying out Living Coral is with the addition of tile. While Pendergrast admits that this is "not for the faint of heart," she particularly loves the idea for brightening up your bathroom or outdoor shower. "[I'm] obsessed with Popham Design tiles in Flamingo for this," she adds.