tag archives: pantone color of the year


‘a decade in colour’, an article by michelle ogundehin in the how to spend it magazine of the 14 december 2019 financial times (ft) newspaper, suggests that:


‘…paint is like make-up, easy to apply, easy to change-so i always reapply. 

and i suggest you treat colour trends in the same light-hearted way.’


photos via how to spend it | financial times (ft)


colour evolution | british trend forecasting service, wsgn

photo via dezeen


colors of the year 2010-2020 | american trend forecasting service, the pantone color institute(tm)

green turquoise 2010 | emerald 2013 | greenery 2017

blue serenity 2016 | classic blue 2020

purple radiant orchid 2014 | ultra violet 2018

red honeysuckle 2011 | tangerine tango 2012 | marsala 2015 | rose quartz 2016 | living coral 2019

color swatches via pantone


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?

2018 pantone color of the year | ultra violet | 18-3838

photo credit pantone

media room | greenwich, CT | interior design by mark cunningham

photo credit richard powers via architectural digest

the grateful dead house | 710 ashbury street | san francisco, CA

photo credit nick huggins|adventurous pursuits

the feel good garden | designed by matt keightley

2018 royal horticultural society (RHS) chelsea flower show | 22-26 may 2018 | london, united kingdom
photo credit rhs

provocative, thoughtful, creative, original, visionary?

counter-culture?  experimental?  non-conformist?

health, wellness, well-being?

interior?  exterior?  or, garden?


sitting room | miami beach, FL | interior design by frank de biasi

green mohair rug | doug and gene meyer

photo credit françois dischinger via AD


2017 pantone color of the year | greenery | 15-0343

photo credit pantone




beauty is live | matte eye shadow | parigi

by terry | aqua-print eye shadow | green fizz

nars | duo eyeshadow | chartreuse green shimmer/cobalt blue shimmer

photo credits barneys new york, barneys new york, and sephora


oliver peoples | sofee sunglasses | clear/mirror green

dior | reflected P sunglasses | green/mirror green

barton perriera | justice sunglasses | gold/tortoiseshell/mirror green

photo credits bergdorf goodman, barneys new york, and barneys new york




gianvito rossi | capri sandals | green

prada | suede sandals | green

gianvito rossi | artemis sandals | green

photo credits barneys new york, barneys new york, and barneys new york

need i say more?

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


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

photo credit pantone

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