Save On Everyday Low Prices Sitewide! Shop Now


What DIY project are you interested in?

Living Coral: How to Use Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year

Every year Pantone introduces a new color of the year. This year, Living Coral has made a splash in fashion, graphic design, and even interior design. Ready to introduce Living Coral into your home? Let’s get started.

What is Pantone’s Color of the Year? Living Coral.

What is the color of summer optimism? Living Coral.

If you’re searching for a little more colorful optimism in your life, this peachy-orange color is just the thing to boost your mood. Consider Living Coral a little splash of sunshine to brighten your day. 

After all, peach feels like childhood summer days or swimming in the ocean for the first time. Whether you want a little Living Coral or a lotta Living Coral, I’m going to offer you some color of the year inspiration to get you started.

Related Content >> 10 Ways to Use Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year

1) Carpet

Okay, so I’m not suggesting peachy-orange carpet in your home. Though, hey, if you do it right, I’m sure it could look stunning!

What I am suggesting is using carpet to add a splash of color to any existing room. How do you do that?

Carpet tiles.

What are carpet tiles? That explanation would take a whole new post, and indeed it has one! In the meantime, let me give you a short answer: Carpet tiles are carpet in tile form that are used to carpet rooms and create custom area rugs.

If you’re interested in adding a splash of Living Coral to your living room, bedroom, or office, carpet tiles are the way to go. With carpet tiles, you can add Living Coral tiles to other muted cool tones, or jewel tones, and really make a statement rug for a room.

The best part: it’s not permanent. If next year’s color of the year strikes your fancy, just change out your tiles a bit to accommodate the new color. Easy as pie.

Related Content >> Carpet Flooring Trends


2) Vinyl

Blondes, honeys, and grays perfectly match Living Coral accents. Living Coral is a shade that can be matched with cool tones, like grays, to give it a more beachy feel. You can also bring out the warmth in Living Coral by using honey and blonde vinyl for a more traditional look- with a twist! 

If you want Living Coral to be the star of the show, I definitely recommend using a cooler pallet that helps the orange really pop. If you’re just looking to spice up a more traditional look, bring on the warmth. 

Also, with waterproof core luxury vinyl planks, you can keep your color scheme in the kitchen, as well as the bathrooms! 

Related Content >> Vinyl Flooring Trends


3) Wood

Speaking of different wood-look tones, we have additional wood-look floors if vinyl isn’t your thing.

Not to repeat myself, but cool-toned floors (including the dark floor above) really let lighter colors pop. On the other hand, warmer based flooring, like honey, help Living Coral blend in a little more.

Laminate offers both options! Laminate is still the preferred wood-look flooring and is often still being chosen over vinyl. It is the tried and true choice for many homeowners and house flippers. It’s beautiful, high-quality, durable, and sometimes even waterproof!

There’s also bamboo flooring. Bamboo flooring typically comes in lighter shades, perfect for Living Coral accents. Even though green isn’t this year’s color of the year, “green” is also what bamboo flooring is. Bamboo is a highly sustainable product, great from those eco-friendly homeowners.

Whatever your wood or wood-look choices are, you have plenty of warm-toned and cool-toned options.

Related Content >> Wood Flooring Trends


4) Tile

There are so many different tile looks to choose from. From a soft fabric-look porcelain to a ceramic tile that mimics natural stone, you can find a look you want. Want to keep with a popular look? Tile can also look like wood as well!

Tile is great for texture. While other flooring types tend to have a smooth surface, tile is different. It adds a visual and physical texture to your home in a way that no other flooring does.

For these reasons, tile is a great addition to Living Coral accents. With tile, you can really play with accenting textures.

With tile, you can really go bold. Using a cool-toned color scheme can really make bathrooms feel like a luxury oasis by the sea. 

Related Content >> Tile Flooring Trends


5) Accessories

For a quick color of the year update, it’s all about the accessories. Maybe you’re updating a room, or maybe you’re updating a whole home. Either way, accessories are the easiest way to incorporate Pantone’s color of the year into your home.

For bathrooms, think about shower curtains, soap dispensers, and bathroom rugs and towels.

In kitchens, hand towels and canisters are where it’s at.

For living rooms and bedrooms, think about the details. Consider curtains, throws, and pillows in Living Coral.

Also, consider area rugs. Area rugs are a great way to create a focal point in any room. Whether you’re sprucing up a kid’s room, or your living room, just unroll a Living Coral area rug and accessorize with more muted companion pieces.     


6) Kitchen

Shifting gears, let’s talk about each room of the house and how you can use Pantone’s color of the year to change up the look of your home.

Kitchen are, in my opinion, the heart of the house. It’s the place where everyone eats and gathers. It’s the main entertaining space for those socialites who love their house parties!

Now, I’m not asking you to go out and grab some high-shine Living Coral cabinets, but there are a few more ways you can incorporate the color of the year into your kitchen.

If you’re wanting something more subtle, coral accents like canisters and hand towels will do the trick. For an extra punch of color, think about painting an accent wall!

Related Content >> Kitchen Flooring Trends 

7) Living Room

The living room is all about hanging out with the family or lounging with your furry pet. For this reason, the living room should be comfortable, but vibrant.

Vibrant is a great descriptor for Living Coral. My suggestion for a living room? Go vibrant. After all, living rooms tend to be one of the biggest rooms in the house- it can handle bold colors and accessories without looking overdone.

If you’re feeling extra bold, paint an accent wall in Living Coral. Not so bold? Some pillows and throws will do the trick.

8) Bedroom

Bedrooms are a place of luxury. They can look basically however you want because typically, they’re yours and yours alone. It’s an extension of your self-expression!

With that in mind, dream big for your Living Coral space. Use fluffy rugs or soft, bold carpeting to add some warmth and texture to your room.

Find yourself some Living Coral accents- like side tables, lamps, or throw pillows. Feeling bold? Paint that accent all!

Remember, you can play up either the warm or cool tones in Living Coral, so you can really choose the mood you want for your bedroom.

9) Bathroom

In my opinion, bathrooms are probably the easiest places to redecorate and redesign. It’s usually a relatively small space, and accessories are a must-have in the bathroom spaces. From soap dishes to shower curtains, it’s very easy to add a pop of Living Coral. It’s also a great place to start when considering new flooring.

Bathrooms are also a great place to make Living Coral look beachy and cool. Pair Coral with another bold color, like blue, to really make the cool-tones pop. Living Coral is a great way to create a spa-like bathroom. 

A light tile, like a gray or white, will help your Living Coral color create a splash.

Related Content >> Bathroom Flooring Trends 

10) Office

The office! It’s often one of the most forgotten rooms in a home. With offices, you should decorate it in a way that makes you positively cheerful to work in. Since offices are the home of work and responsibility, make it also a fun place to be in!

Grab a Living Coral desk chair for a cool pop of color. Accent walls will be your friend here, so paint a Living Coral accent wall while you’re at it. Don’t be afraid to pick a floor that’s really out there; after all, it’s your office! You can even try a carpet tile area rug. 

Whatever your office function is, I’m sure there are plenty of accessories you can add to make your office space really pop. Be bold. Be you.


Feeling inspired by Pantone’s color of the year? Good! Interior design using the color of the year is the most fun you can have while redecorating your home.

The color of the year doesn’t mean you should repaint your house into a Living Coral aquarium-scheme, but it does give you a great starting place when you’re feeling an itch to revamp your home.

Use Living Coral as your inspiration and see where that carries you. Whatever you choose, keep your design at heart and you’re sure to be happy.


About Kayla Haas


Kayla Haas is a Phoenix-based writer, flooring expert, and reading enthusiast. Most of her writing specializes in artificial grass, carpet, and vinyl flooring. Her favorite part of writing is the research. If you’re looking for obscure facts or little-known history about flooring, she’s the person to talk to as she stores them away in hopes of impressing people at parties.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Flooring Inc