“Living Coral” is the Pantone Color Institute’s Color of the Year, defined as an “animating and life-affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone.”
Pantone 16-1546 is found naturally in our spectacular Florida sunsets, as a pop of color in
our gardens, in the seashell that catches our eye. Named for the colonies of marine invertebrates that provide beauty, shelter and protection for a color-filled ecosystem, this shade evokes the plight of the fragile coral reefs struggling to survive amidst unhealthy waters.
You may have already noticed this year’s winner in new décor and furnishings, fashion,
cosmetics and other products such as phones, appliances and tech devices.
To arrive at each year’s color selection, Pantone’s color experts “comb the world looking for new color influences.” World events, artists, pop culture, fashion, design, technology and the environment are all sources of inspiration.