Drum roll please… Pantone’s 2019 colour of the year is ‘Living Coral’. Defined as an “animating and life-affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone”, it has an interesting and rather meaningful story behind it.
Putting a spotlight on the coral reefs under the sea, the colour celebrates the beauty of an ecosystem that we don’t often see, yet is dying at an alarming rate due to plastic pollution in the ocean. In early 2018, it was revealed that a shocking 30% of coral died in the “catastrophic” 2016 heatwave, shocking marine scientists around the globe.
“Colour enhances and influences the way we experience life,” said Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Colour Institute. “As a shade that affirms life through a dual role of energising and nourishing, Living Coral reinforces how colours can embody our collective experience and reflect what is taking place in our global culture at a moment in time.”
Basically, it’s a much-needed dose of fun and optimism at a time when things are a bit bleak. So, to focus on the positivity the colour represents, ahead is our edit of the simple and affordable ways to introduce Living Coral into your home, makeup bag, wardrobe, gym kit and commute.
Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Palette, Cult Beauty, £25
Sweep hues of coral and speckled gold across lids to add warmth to your makeup look. With nine shades in a mix of matte and foil-effect finishes, this palette will suit all skin tones, particularly darker skin.
On The Move
William Morris Strawberry Thief Ecoffee Cup, The National Trust, £12
Enjoy your coffee on the commute in this reusable coffee cup decorated with a vivid William Morris print. Plastic free and eco-friendly, you can get your caffeine fix without the guilt of contributing to plastic pollution.