In Living Coral: Finds for the Home in Pantone's Alluring Color of the Year

In Living Coral: Finds for the Home in Pantone's Alluring Color of the Year

From couches and towels, to stools and lamps, we are definitely seeing the world through coral-colored glass right now. 

By Patricia Cunningham

The color gods have spoken. Pantone Color Institute has revealed its color of the year, and that color is Pantone 16-1546, otherwise known as Living Coral, a peachy-pink-orangey burst of positive energy. The company deemed the hue “sociable and spirited… symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits.”

I have to admit, as much as I’m a fan of this alluring color, I was a little taken aback at first. I tend to equate coral with a certain shade of lipstick my grandmother wore for literally decades, and so I've always thought of it as kind of retro. But the more I thought about it, the more I came to see the light — and that light is definitely a life-affirming shade of orange with a dash of pink! 

Spend a few moments rooting around and you'll find that coral has been popping up everywhere in recent months — from beauty trends to food packaging to fashion. It has a singular warmth that's timeless and modern at the same time, which makes it supremely appealing. You can be sure you'll see coral everywhere in the new year.

We’ve rounded up a slew of home goods in this irresistible hue that are sure to bring a pop of color and dose of joy to any living space. 

Soto Concave Arm Chair

With the addition of this chair, you can bet your whole living room will take on a cheery glow. 


Tumbleweed Pillow

Just the pick-me-up your sofa needed — this pillow features intricate embroidery and radiates good vibes.


 

Coral Reef Spencer Table Lamp

This handcrafted lamp has a lovely coral base that is complimented by a stylish metal neck — definitely a stunner.


Coral and Aqua Ikat Miriam Sculpted Bath Towel

There is no towel we’d rather wrap ourselves up in than this one.


Fringed Rope Throw Blanket

And if the day calls for a little couch time, this fringed blanket will have you covered.

 

Granger Wool Hand Tufted Orange and Ivory Area Rug

If we’re talking coral, why not go all in with this vivid rug featuring an abstract reef design? 


Verity in the Garden Wall Art

Draw some attention to your walls with this captivating work by Seattle-based artist Michael D. Doyle.


Oval Coral and Gold Ceramic Soap Dish

Sometimes it’s the little things, like this soap dish that will brighten up any bathroom. 


Stella Nail Head Stool

This coral-hued garden stool works indoors or out, and will tide you over on the color front until at least spring. 


Simone Duvet Cover

Vibrant coral and muted gray adds up to bold strokes on this eye-catching duvet cover.


Winter: Warm Recipes for Cold Nights

Add a jolt of color to your kitchen bookshelves (and warm up your insides) with this recipe book dedicated to cold-weather cooking.


Cass Tight Back Sofa

If coral is truly your thing, why not make a statement with this sumptuous velvet sofa?

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