Every year, Pantone releases a color which it predicts will make a big impact in the upcoming year. This is especially useful for designers in many fields (fashion and makeup for instance) as we get a vibe of what the year will be like, how people’s tastes change, and what and where they will turn to for inspiration.
For the year 2019, Pantone’s color of the year is Living Coral.
What is Living Coral?
Vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.
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. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, it embodies our desire for playful expression.
Representing the fusion of modern life, Living Coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.
I am excited with the energetic color of Coral (living not dead, as some people pointed out – because in this day and age we have to make the distinction). Last year’s color was my favorite color since childhood, Ultra Violet, and my year epitomized it the way I would always describe it – deep, dark, mysterious, lush, with a side of quirky. Yes, last year was dark for me but towards the end I gained some insights, got on my feet, brushed off the dust and cobwebs, and took up the fight again.
That’s why this year I am more than optimistic and Living Coral couldn’t be more perfect for what I have envisioned.
Color Combination Ideas for Living Coral & How to Pick Them
There are three basic ways to create color combos for any color. They are:
Monochromatic is basically one color in different shades of darker and lighter. It’s a fool proof way of pairing colors together because you can be sure to pick a color that matches with your first color.
An easy way to achieve this is to open color picker in Photoshop (or any tool that allows you to choose colors) and pick any color within the same line as the initial color.
For bright colors like Living Coral, lighter colors would do well for contrast.
Analogous is the term for colors that sit beside your initial color. This is fun because you get to have more colors to choose from, but be careful not to extend your angle or area of selection or it will end up looking like a rainbow.
The color combo I went with is a palette that we often see in food blogs because it reminds us of citrus fruits, so if you’re doing more recipe posts or just want the vibe that citrus brings, then this is a good color palette to use.
To pick your own colors, load a photo of a color wheel on Photoshop, designate an area for you to select from, color pick within that area and tweak the brightness of the colors similar to the method in monochromatic.
Or more commonly known as ‘contrasting colors’.
How fun is this? It’s definitely not for the faint of heart. Picking complementary colors means choosing colors from across the color wheel. Directly across. The color gods say those colors sitting opposite one another are complements of one another. It’s like saying opposites attract, amirite?
These color combos are guaranteed to stand out because both colors are ‘high impact’ when they are paired with one another. Because of this, it is highly advisable to choose tamer, more neutral colors to round up your palette.
The colors I chose above remind me of corals, the clear waters, and the sand underneath.