How to Incorporate Living Coral Into Your Space | Rodman Paul Architects

Four Ways to Use Living Coral, Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year

Michael Fasulo, AIA, LEED AP
April 10, 2019

Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year is Living Coral. If you’re looking to be on-trend but the thought of coral pink walls seems too intense, we’ve identified several subtle ways to incorporate the color into your home.

For most homes, coral pink works best as an accent color. It works well with neutrals, gold, and silver-grays. It can be muted or vibrant, depending on the context. The more vibrant the hue, the more sparingly you may want to use it.


A custom chair with coral upholstery feels warm and inviting, and offsets the coolness of the sconce above it.

Patterned Linens

Ways to Use Living Coral | Patterned Linens
A custom matching coverlet and headboard using a coral fabric. The white floral pattern helps coral work in a more traditional space.

Living Room and Fireplace in Mid-Century Modern Fire Island Pines Beach House | Rodman Paul Architects
Custom accent pillows in a modern pattern deliver an appropriately scaled pop of color.

Subtly Toned Objects

Living Coral | Subtly Toned Objects

Feathered branches in a muted coral balance well against the neutral color scheme and provide visual interest without disrupting the feeling of serenity and calm.

A Single Object

Upper East Side Prewar Renovation Kitchen | Rodman Paul Architects

A single coral flower stands out against a completely white kitchen.

If you’re looking for ways to subtly incorporate more color into your home, we can help. Contact us to talk about design and color options.