Pantone Color Of The Year: Living Coral

Blog Category: Interior Plantscaping
December 30, 2019 by Amy Lenning, Account Manager

Each year the Pantone Color Institute chooses a color of the year they feel captures the current cultural mood and attitude. The year 2000 was the inaugural year of the Pantone Color of the Year, and 20 years later it’s still going strong. Each Color of the Year has a lasting presence, trending for years after it was highlighted.

The 2019 year was no different. Pantone picked the color Living Coral for its resilience and permeation in our natural and digital spaces. Equal in vibrancy to the 2018 Ultra Violet shade, Living Coral brought warmth to the scene.

Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute summarized things by saying, “Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities, and this is particularly true for Living Coral. With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive chord.”

Here is our year-end review of the ways we’ve used this playful color throughout the year and good news, there’s a coral for every season.


Spring brought no shortage of coral flowers, from peony to ranunculus to tulip. Sunny flowers like anemone and feverfew complete the arrangement.


Summer offered several ways to integrate the coral hue. Dahlias, gladiolus, and lilies in the coral family worked in harmony with bold colors like pinks, yellows and oranges for a vibrant summer bouquet. Palm or bananas leaves transformed arrangements into a tropical treat.

Not to forget the garden, there were several options to weave coral into outdoor living areas. Hydrangeas, snapdragons and Gerber daisies come in the energizing hue and offer and array of texture.


We used coral as a focal point in an otherwise understated palette. Paired with the pale blue thistle, purple hydrangeas, and soft pinks like boronia heather or calycina, it warmed and engaged arrangements.


Adding coral is a great way to add liveliness to a winter arrangement. Paired with white anemone and  red flowers like ranunculus and amaryllis, coral hypericum berries and wax flowers, along with cedar or spruce sprigs were perfect for the season.

When we wanted something a little more lasting, we looked to Cinnamon Star Poinsettia, which has light coral color. It’s a great way to change up the traditional red hued holiday star, or add in alongside for a beautiful contrast.

Can’t get enough coral? Plants like orchids, anthurium or bromeliad are great indoor plants with coral tones you can keep all year long. To learn more about our interior plantscaping and fresh cut arrangements click here.