Want to be a trendsetter? The envy of all your friends and neighbors? Give your house an updated look without the expense of remodeling.
Pantone’s color of the year for 2019 is Living Coral, a tone so buoyant and vivid; it’s impossible not to want a little bit of it in your home. You can find countless high-dollar statement pieces ranging from appliances to furniture, but we’ve got some cheaper suggestions on how to use the Pantone color of the year in your home.
Setting the Table with Style
While fresh cut flowers are stunning, you can also craft centerpieces using some stunning silk florals to set the mood for a festive brunch or dinner party. If you want to turn up the heat in a low-light setting, consider dropping some votive candles into some luscious coral votive holders. There are so many ways to make your table pop with color, including place mats, napkins, and even coral-colored plates, bowls or trays. The possibilities are endless.
Give Tired Furniture a Facelift
If you’ve had just about enough of your old vintage bureau or sideboard, consider giving it a new lease on life with a fresh coat of coral paint. Start with a primer that matches your color, and then finish it up with latex or oil-based paint in satin or semi-gloss. You can dress up any old wooden furniture or accessory in your house with a few coats of living coral, or you can simply paint the trim. Just print out a swatch of Pantone 16-1546 and ask the professionals at your local paint counter to match it.
Decking the Halls
You can add a big splash of color to any hallway by throwing down a long runner rug sporting this gorgeous hue, or you can keep it subtle by hanging a few pieces of wall art that feature this rich tone. For a nice, consistent look, do both! For the adventurous who have no fear of being bold, painting an entire accent wall is a great way to strut your stuff and stay on-point style-wise with this hot, trendy color.
Drink the Kool-Aid
One of the best things about Living Coral is that it reminds us of some of our favorite cocktails. A chilled rosè hits all the right spots, and can make your next event a big hit with so little effort on your part: chill and pour. Any Campari cocktail is sure to glisten like the setting sun. If you prefer sweet to bitter, Grenadine will give you the same desired effect. Spirits in coral are easy to come by, so let your imagination run wild.
Take it Outside
This color is so cheerful, so bright and effervescent that you’ll want to bring it outdoors. Plant some flowering varieties in your garden to welcome you and your guests. Try some Allamanda if you live in a warm climate or some Honeysuckle vine that’s hardy in most of the country. Even if you aren’t a natural gardener, you may discover that digging in and planting some coral flowers is a bit of an addictive pleasure.
Now that you know how to use the Pantone color of the year in your home, it’s time to start accessorizing. And if you happen to get attached to living coral, don’t worry. This is one color of the year so classic; it’s here to stay.