By: Dennis D. Gehman, MCR – Master Certified Remodeler


Living Coral has been announced as the 2019 Color of the Year by the Pantone Color Institute. Living Coral is an eye-popping orange-pink hybrid. My initial reaction to Living Coral was that I while I like this color, I’m not sure that I want it in my home or wardrobe. So I decided to find creative uses of the bold color that work for myself and to share them with you.


I don’t see Living Coral as a particularly soft color, even though Pantone describes Living Coral as “an affable and animating shade whose golden undertone gives it a softer edge.” I prefer it as an accent color rather than something prominent when decorating a client’s home. But if you’re excited about the color, here are some places to use this trendy color in your home and yard.



Bathroom Remodeling

1. Textiles
are an easy way to play with bright colors in a room. Use accent pillows and throws to start small and simple.

Kitchen RemodelingSmall pieces offer a way to create a splash of color that is inviting.  They are great to enjoy for a while and easy to swap out if you get tired of the color.


2. Decorative accents. Think about sprinkling Living Coral in a few small areas throughout a room via artwork, side tables, other small pieces of furniture floor or window treatments.



A small amount of a big color disperses the color, drawing the eye around the room.




 3. Furniture. Consider coral-colored furniture to make a statement. Using your favorite color(s) is a better idea than choosing a color because it’s fashionable. But having your favorite color become trendy makes it easier to find items in that hue.


So if you are a big fan of bright coral and want to decorate with it, 2019 will be your year to stock up on home furnishings.



4. Accent wall. One or two walls in Living Coral color is a bold way to bring it all in.


In my opinion, I would think about keeping other things in the room light and neutral. Too much of Living Coral color in a room could start to feel a bit busy, maybe even induce anxiety.

5. Architectural accent. Because Living Coral is such a striking color, it can be called into service to bring attention to interesting architectural elements in your home.




Go bold by using Living Coral on a beautiful built-in bookcase or in a traditional Foyer stairway to make it stand out. Too much of any bright color in a room causes everything to blend together, then nothing stands out. Use vivid hues only elements needing attention.



6. Outside. A great way to use vibrant color without it being in your face is with outside furniture and accessories.


God uses Living Coral color in sunsets. Outdoor decorating in bold colors takes advantage of the abundant natural light during the day, and the forgiveness of darkness at night.  As well, dark or cramped indoor spaces can feel claustrophobic when decorated with intense colors.



7. Doors. One of my favorite places to use a daring color is on doors. The Living Coral color on these doors inviting and energetic. To me, this is one of the best uses of bold colors — welcoming guests to your home.


Tell us: What do you think of Pantone’s color choice? Have you used it in your home?


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