Monday 16 September 2019

Living Coral: How to use the official colour of the year for 2019 in your wedding

Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2019 is a tricky one to make work, but there are ways of integrating it into a pretty pink palette everyone will love

Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2019 is Living Coral
Karen Birney

Karen Birney

The colour of the year for the year ahead has been unveiled - and although for many it will conjure up thoughts of nausea-inducing 80s puffball gúnas, it isn't without its charms...

"Living Coral" has been named the official colour of 2019 by the Pantone Color Institute for the year ahead and already stylists are scrambling to pair it up with the perfect palette.

Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2019 is Living Coral

Described by Pantone as "an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge," Living Coral is predicted to appear across all manners of industry next year, from fashion, home furnishings and industrial design to product, packaging, and graphic design - and of course in weddings.


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But if the vibrant orangey hue conjures up images of dodgy 80s bridesmaids' dresses for you fret not, there are ways to integrate the shade into a palette without it becoming all puffy sleeves and perms.

The shade works particularly well with the mix and match trend brides are currently favouring for their maids, and paired with a deep orange or muted pink can add depth and energy to the bridal party.

Living Coral is also a great option for a stylish mother of the bride outfit. The more subtle the better here however - a coral weaved within a muted pattern would be ideal, in a chic two-piece while the paler pink take on the shade will work well for accessories.

For autumn/winter weddings, the hue can work to elevate a forest green or navy, and is easily translated to flowers through pretty peonies or even hydrangreas surrounded by garlands of gorgeous greenery (another big trend Pinterest is predicting for the year ahead).

The most fun and freeing area to play with the shade before everything takes shape is through your wedding invites, which then can be used as a guide for other decor down the line.

Related: Gold wedding dresses, neon signs and smoke bombs: The top wedding trends for 2019, according to Pinterest

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