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2019 Pantone Color of the Year – Living Coral

Follow trending colors as we explore the Pantone Color Institute’s Color of the Year. This year’s selection is an energizing hue of coral with golden undertones, a color that often found in nature both in gardens and the sea.

Contributors: Susan Martin

Have you ever noticed how certain colors are seen everywhere some years? Blush pink, for instance, was a dominant color for women’s clothing, home décor and indoor paint last year. Not coincidentally, this same color—coined “Rose Quartz” by the Pantone Color Institute—was the Color of the Year in 2016. This is the institute that sets the color trends for product developers across multiple industries.

With the announcement of the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year Living Coral 16-1546, we can expect to see this energizing hue of coral with golden undertones popping up in stores over the next few years.

From the morning sunrise to the flowers in our gardens and the oceans’ coral reefs, its easy to spot this warm, lively color in nature. Pantone describes Living Coral as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.”

Add Living Coral to Your Garden with These Plants

Superbells® Coralina

Superbena Royale®
Peachy Keen


Toucan® Coral

Georgia Peach


Infinity® Salmon

Fruit Punch®
‘Classic Coral’

Hot and Cold
Red Hot Poker

Oso Easy®
Mango Salsa

Oso Easy®
Hot Paprika

Double Take


Using Living Coral in Container Recipes

The energizing, warm sunset tones of Living Coral can be used in many different ways in container recipes. Pair it with other hot colors and you’ll quickly amp up the energy levels of a space. Add just a splash of it to an otherwise cool palette to make a space feel more welcoming. Or pop this sunset tone into a dark scene to make a dramatic statement.

Here are three easy ways to incorporate Living Coral into your container recipes this season. Click the recipe name to view the planting guide.

Liven Up a Dark Color Palette

Pure Genius Recipe

Superbena Royale® Peachy Keen was used here to break up a dark monochromatic color palette with its lively coral tones.

Complement a Warm Color Palette

Rekindled Recipe

The peachy coral tones of Dahlightful® Georgia Peach dahlia complement the other warm red and gold tones in this patio container. Using warm colors like these in a gathering space helps to create a friendly, playful atmosphere.

Warm Up a Cool Color Palette

Smiling Faces Recipe

This recipe featuring cool citron yellow Supertunia® Limoncello petunias is warmed by the spicy coral tones of Superbells® Coralina and Tropical Sunrise calibrachoa.

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