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Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2019: Living Coral

05 Mar 2019, Posted by Sarah Clark in event design, event manager, Events, Uncategorized

From bright lighting to lush velvet furniture to vivid cocktails, these ideas make it easy to add the coral color into upcoming events.

Last week, Pantone announced its colour of the year for 2019—living coral. This vibrant hue “embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment,” the institute said, adding that, because of our tech-centric, social media-obsessed society, “we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy,” which is an overarching goal of the event industry itself.

And as the name indicates, this colour is prominent in nature (like under the sea) and evokes an effervescence and energy of the living world. To help incorporate the hot colour into events in the new year, here’s a look at some pop-ups, decor ideas, and even colourful cocktails that come in the pretty pinky-orange shade.




Pantone Pantry


At this year’s Art Basel in Miami Beach, Tribute Portfolio, Marriott International’s newest collection of independent hotels, announced its partnership with Pantone and debuted the first in a series of experiential pop-ups that celebrate colour and travel. The Pantone Pantry by Tribute Portfolio at the Royal Palm South Beach Miami Resort coincided with the reveal of the Pantone Colour of the Year and featured travel-inspired installations in the orange-y hue. The pop-up reimagined a traditional hotel experience with a concierge desk, a cabinet of curiosities, and a hidden hotel guest room.



We love this pop of pink for a wedding or event and have seen it used for all seasons. Depending on the color palette, it can be played up to be bright and colorful or it can be played down as the focal point with more muted shades and darker tones. PANTONE’s palette exploration provides inspiration for colour harmonies. Check these out  for inspiration on how to incorporate this vibrant pink into your attire, florals, and décor!




Lounge Chair

FormDecor’s comfy Constance lounge chair boasts a softer shade of the coral colour, along with thick upholstery and a gold base made from stainless steel that also swivels. 



The Kingston Parakeet


Taking inspiration from Living Coral (Pantone’s colour of the year), Franklin & Sons has created a bespoke cocktail for London Fashion Week. Available at The Parrot Bar (Idris Elba’s newly opened hotspot), The Kingston Parakeet is a delicious mix of vodka, Aperol, fig liqueur and rhubarb and hibiscus tonic served in a fish-shaped glass.



Velvet Luxe

The centerpiece of this room is the Julia sofa from FormDecor. This coral sofa comes upholstered in luxe velvet with a curved back design and gold stainless steel trim around the base. 

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