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the pantone color institute(tm) gives their color of the year credit for influencing product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, such as graphic, industrial, interior and fashion design.

2019 pantone(r) color of the year | living coral | 16-1546 TCX

photo credit pantone


they describe living coral, the 2019 pantone color of the year, as a natural color that is nourishing and nurturing,  warm and comforting.

do you think that coral is comforting?

le hideout – salon d’esthétique | montreal, canada | by menard dworkind architecture & design

photo credits david dworkind via @interiordesignmag and mrdk


or, stimulating?

some retailers, such as barney’s new york, think that the color coral stimulates sales.

photo credit barneys new york


yves saint laurent beauty | la lacque couture nail polish | op art coral

nars | blush | bumpy ride

kevyn aucoin | molten gems liquid lip color | poppy topaz

photo credits barneys, barneys and barneys


delvaux | brillant mini satchel | coral

delvaux | tempête mini leather satchel | coral

photo credits barneys and barneys


karen walker | loveville sunglasses | red

karen walker | romancer sunglasses | crazy tortoise

illesteva | lisbon sunglasses | apricot

photo credits barneys, barneys, and barneys


christian louboutin | decollete 554 patent leather pumps | multi

walter de silva | sharon satin sandals | orange

photo credits barneys and barneys


some hospitality design practitioners also think that the color coral stimulates consumption.

the coral room bar | the bloomsbury hotel | london, united kingdom | by martin brudnizki design studio

photo credits the coral room via vogue and mbds


color psychologists consider warm colors stimulating.  and, cool or neutral colors calming.

more saturated colors are also more stimulating than less intense colors.


the interior design of the coral room is a balance of warm, cool, and neutral colors.


including a cool grey, similar to metropolitan, the benjamin moore paint color of the year 2019.


benjamin moore | color of the year 2019 | metropolitan | AF-690

photo credits benjamin moore and benjamin moore


if the salon at the coral room was your living room, would you prefer to paint the walls warm, stimulating coral?  or, calming, neutral grey?

pink & blue.  the 2016 pantone colors of the year.


2016 pantone colors of the year | rose quartz (pink) & serenity (blue)

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do pink & blue make you think of



or, tranquility?


2016 pantone color of the year | rose quartz | 13-1520

photo credit pantone



or, duality?


2016 pantone color of the year | serenity | 15-3919

photo credit pantone

duality seems like an appropriate adjective, since the pantone color institute ™ selected two colors of the year for 2016, instead of one.  pantone, a division of danaher corporation, provides products and services for the design, retail, and manufacturing industries.

according to abc news, the pantone color of the year press release ‘explained that the combination echoed a growing trend of challenging traditional perceptions about color association.’

what perceptions do you think that consumers, designers, retailers, and manufacturers have about pink & blue?

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hermes | light blue printed silk neck ties

photo credit hermes



charvet | blue cotton dress shirts

photo credits bergdorf goodman and bergdorf goodman


bergdorf goodman restaurant | new york, NY | interior design by kelly wearstler

photo credit kelly wearstler


de gournay | askew | hand painted chinoiserie wallpaper

bergdorf goodman restaurant, new york, NY

photo credit la dolce vita

Cornflower Blue

kitchen aid | 2016 pantone color of the year stand mixer | cornflower blue (available now)

photo credit kitchen aid

dam-images-decor-2015-08-casa-fantastica-willson-serrano-designed-merida-mexico-home-slideshow-09kitchen | mérida, mexico | interior design by robert willson and david serrano

photo credit tim street-porter via architectural digest

Guava Glaze

kitchen aid | 2016 pantone color of the year stand mixer | guava glaze (available in july 2016)

photo credit kitchen aid


kitchen | spain

photo credit elle decor espana


gucci | spring 2016 ready to wear collection | look 29

photo credit yannis vlamos / indigitalimages.com


gucci | spring 2016 menswear collection | look 54

photo credit yannis vlamos / indigitalimages.com


gucci | spring 2016 menwear collection | silk crepe cambridge shirt | light pink

production vs. runway

photo credit gucci


chanel boutique | costa mesa, CA | interior design by peter marino

photo credit chanel via architectural digest



chanel | le vernis nail color | ballerina

chanel le vernis nail color | beige rose

photo credits chanel and chanel

will 2015 be a year of contrasts?

if color forecasts are any indication, then maybe so.  color authority pantone, a division of x-rite that provides professional color standards for the design industries, named marsala as the color of the year for 2015.

‘marsala is a color that exudes confidence and stability’

-leatrice eiseman, executive director of the pantone color institute®

living room | interior design by james magni

photo credit erhard pfeiffer

bedroom | london, UK | interior design by michael s. smith

via architectural digest

dries van noten | spring 2015 ready to wear collection

photo credit yannis vlamos | indigitalimages.com

celine | winter 2014 collection | mini luggage handbag multicolor | vermilion

photo credit celine

isabel marant | spring 2015 ready to wear collection

photo credits marcus tondo | indigitalimages.com

sherwin-williams paints selected another red hue, coral reef, as the color of the year for 2015.

‘coral reef is an uplifting color’

-jackie jordan, sherwin-williams director of color marketing

living room | interior design by jay jeffers

via tobi fairley

 bedroom | interior designer unknown

via finding shibusa

missoni | spring 2015 ready to wear collection

photo credits yanni vlamos | indigitalimages.com

aquazzura | resort 2015 collection | beverly hills sandal | coral

photo credit barneys new york

but, benjamin moore paints chose a complementary color, guilford green, as the 2015 color of the year.

‘guilford green is a color that signifies fresh energy and growth’

-ellen o’neill, creative director at benjamin moore

living room | piedmont, CA | interior design by barbara barry

photo credit barbara barry

 bedroom | the peninsula beverly hills hotel | interior design by alessandra branca

photo credit alessandra branca

erdem | spring 2015 ready to wear collection

photo credit yanni vlamos | indigitalimages.com

chloe | winter 2014/2015 collection | marcie handbag | baobob green

photo credit net a porter

bottega veneta | spring 2015 ready to wear collection

photo credit yannis vlamos | indigitalimages.com

could it be coincidental that sherwin-williams and pantone both featured red and green in their marketing materials?

photo credit sherwin-williams
 photo credits pantone
or, that berry red is one of the colors that benjamin moore suggests to combine with guilford green.
photo credit evolution of style

when you mix complementary colors like red and green together, you create brown.

color wheel

johann wolfgang von goethe | theory of colors | 1810

photo credit color system

pantone is receiving mixed reviews for choosing a color with brown undertones, like marsala, as the color of the year for 2015.

PS.  now, ppg pittsburgh paints has announced that blue paisley is their 2015 COTY (color of the year).

could no trend direction be the trend direction for 2015?