Living Coral | Pantone® Color of the Year 2019

The day we have been eagerly awaiting all year has finally come. Experts at the Pantone Color Institute have revealed Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral as the 2019 Color of the Year. The global authority on all color-related trends describes Living Coral as a representation of the fusion of modern life, making an appearance in both our natural surroundings as well as our digital world. On the heels of Ultraviolet’s electric Color of the Year 2018 nomination, Pantone’s Living Coral welcomes us back into earth’s warm embrace, symbolizing our innate need for optimism and playful expression.

CDI Features Pantone Color of 2019

In a time when the world is heavily immersed in technology and we often lack social interaction, Pantone saw the need to forecast a color that would reground us to nature and celebrate human connection. While Living Coral’s Color of the Year title is a trend observation rather than a forecast, this “life-affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone” is sure to have a profound impact on décor and design in the coming months.

Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral. With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial PANTONE Living Coral hit a responsive chord.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute

Living Coral in the Office

As we have discussed in previous blog posts, color plays an influential role on how we experience the world around us. The color scheme incorporated into an interior space requires tremendous research and planning in order to evoke the desired response from users. Studies have shown that vivid shades of coral can stimulate feelings of intimacy and optimism, uplifting spirits and encouraging creativity. It is for these reasons that Pantone 16-1546 is an established staple within commercial design and is easily accessible from a plethora of textile and furniture manufacturers, such as HBF Textiles and Allermuir. The vibrant shade has even made multiple appearances within Kimball’s Chicago showroom in years past. 

CDI Features Pantone Color of 2019
Shown Above: Kimball Chicago Showroom

Pantone has created five color palettes that feature Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral and can help inspire color creativity and experimentation within your space. The Sympatico palette pays homage to skin tones around the world, fusing an array of soft colors that are easily layered. Under the Sea makes a dramatic statement, suggesting a provocative range of shades that are sure to maximize energy and elicit feelings of adventure. And for those that would prefer an understated palette with sprinkles of trendy coral elements, Focal Point provides a cool color grouping that remains upscale.

About Pantone

The Pantone Color Institute is a consulting service within Pantone which forecasts global color trends and aids in unique brand and product color development. The Pantone Color Institute is globally recognized as an authority for color information and partners with brands around the world to influence the power, psychology and emotion of color for a more successful and profitable design strategy.

The Pantone Color Institute has been selecting a Color of the Year since 2000, a process which requires a great deal of reflection and trend analysis. Its group of experts annually seek new color influence in areas such as fashion, travel destinations, art collections and new artists, lifestyles and the entertainment industry around the world. For 20 years, the chosen Color of the Year has profoundly impacted the product development and purchasing decisions in industries such as graphic design, interior design and fashion.


Contact the CDI design team for further inspiration on how you can incorporate Pantone’s Color of 2019 into your office and reap its positive benefits.


Jen Kilp, Director of Design | 262.309.4039

About CDI

Corporate Design Interiors (CDI) is an industry-leading commercial furniture dealership whose award-winning product knowledge, thoughtful design coupled with strategic planning deliver functional and inspiring interiors designed to foster employee well-being, productivity and engagement. CDI’s relentless focus on delivering positive workplaces mirroring the culture and vision of companies while delivering a high value investment has earned CDI diverse clients including;  established Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits/public sector and energetic startups.

As a “Select” Kimball dealer, CDI’s excellence in sales, partnership, quality improvement, community involvement and overall business best practices earned it the 2017 Kimball Premier Partner Award.  CDI was selected among 52 other Kimball Select dealerships throughout the country for this industry-leading honor, earning additional praise for its company culture and enterprise practices.

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