5 Eco Chic Ways to Wear Pantone’s Color of the Year

Jan. 11, 2019Dramatic Ultraviolet, vibrant Greenery… and who could forget the surprise of Rose Quartz & Serenity sharing the spotlight? Yes, each year, for the past 11 years, designers and the color-obsessed alike wait with baited breath to see which very specific color will win the honor of being declared color authority, Pantone’s, Color of the Year.

Beginning with Chili Pepper in 2007, these designated hues have been casting their glow — or shadow, depending on who you ask — across the design world and taking a temperature on our collective conscious for over a decade. In 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity spoke to the overarching theme of mindfulness and wellbeing that consumers sought out; in 2017, hopeful Greenery, and in 2018, emotional, moody, Ultraviolet took the stage after a fraught year— and fraught news cycle.

5 Living Coral Pieces We're Loving

Since it’s conception, the Color of the Year has become more than simply inspiration for the design set, it’s graced our coffee mugs and planners, shown up on our sweaters and coats, and even inspired some to repaint and redecorate. Its announcement has gone from a simple PR release to a full-on influencer-studded event, and has become something we all can look forward to with the start of a new year. “What will it be?” “Please, not another “Marsala!””

And for 2019?

5 Living Coral Pieces We're Loving

Perhaps wishing to liven us all up a bit and inspire a bit of hope after a year of dire climate reports and a particularly rough news cycle, Pantone chose vibrant, orange-y, pink-ish Living Coral as 2019’s Color of the Year. “An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge,” states the Pantone website, “…Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.” It’s no accident that the name of this gorgeous hue gives a nod to the real coral, many species of which have been added to the Endangered Species list, it’s a reminder of how absolutely vital coral reefs are to our ecosystems:

“In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.”

5 Living Coral Pieces We're Loving

Living Coral, the color, is a daily reminder of all we have to be thankful for in nature — the colors, vibrancy and life we’d quite literally be nothing without. It’s a color that effuses happiness while subtly hinting that our environment is worth the work of saving. Below we’re sharing 5 Living Coral pieces we’re loving — for their vibrancy, their usefulness, and for the green practices and give-back initiatives they’ve inspired. Read on, then be sure to share your favorites with us on social!


#1 — Butter London Living Coral Collection

Keep the positive energy of Living Coral at your fingertips with nail lacquers from Butter London. Known for their vibrant colors and cleaner ingredients, Butter London has been THE name in better-for-you nail color (and now lips-eyes-and-face products, too) since their founding in 2005. Now, Butter London makes it easy to adorn your nails with Pantone’s Color of the Year with their bespoke collection of Living Coral nail lacquers, created in partnership with Pantone. Whether you prefer matte, metallic or a bit of sparkle, there’s a finish to suit any preference. Simply swipe it on your nails to harness the good vibes of Living Coral everyday.



#2 — Patagonia Women’s Better Sweater

5 Living Coral Pieces We're Loving

OK, yes… technically the color is listed as “Tomato” but we think this pinkish-red sweater fleece from Patagonia checks off all the boxes when it comes to Living Coral: It’s bright, fun and inspires energy with a softer edge. Crafted with extra warm poly-knit that undergoes a low-impact dye process, reducing the use of water, dyestuffs and energy, this classic Patagonia fleece will keep you cozy throughout any winter activity. Bonus: This happy hue is far easier to spot on the slopes or through the trees than regular old black or white, making it easy for your friends to find you.



#3 — Jade Yoga Harmony Mat

Raise your hand if you’ve ever fallen victim to slippery palms — or a slippery mat — in the middle of yoga class. Everyone? Sounds about right. Leave those days behind with Jade Yoga’s Harmony Mat, which provides exceptional grip and just the right amount of cushion — and is crafted from sustainable rubber, making it the first non-toxic yoga mat on the market with no PVC’s in sight. While the Harmony Mat is available in black and navy, we like the idea of livening up your yoga practice with a vibrant color, like the Living Coral-esque pink mat. Not to mention, a portion of sales from specific mats goes to different causes (for every Teal mat purchased $5 will be donated to ovarian cancer charities, from each Saffron mat $5 will be donated to Autism causes and $5 will be donated to breast cancer charities for every pink mat sold!).



#4 — TOMS Cabrillo Sneakers

5 Living Coral Pieces We're Loving

Put a pep in your step for hikes or casual strolls with the softly-hued Cabrillo Sneakers from 1:1 brand TOMS. Featuring cute color-blocked panels crafted from heritage canvas, with leather tabs at the tongue and heel, these coral kicks are an unexpected finishing touch to any look. And like all TOMS shoes, for every pair sold, TOMS will donate a new pair of shoes to a child in need.



#5 — Svnr Otrobanda Earring


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Inspired by a trip to the Caribbean island of Curacao, the Otrobanda Earring is meant to evoke the sight of a vibrant orange wall against an azure blue sky. Crafted from pieces of coral, porcelain, agate and carnelian, these one-of-a-kind earrings are handmade and sold singularly (though you can request a matching set), making them the perfect pieces to mix and match to add just the right amount of interest to your look. Created using sustainable materials and manufacturing processes, these unique accessories are sure to make heads turn (especially your own as you feel them swaying with the breeze).



What Living Coral pieces are you loving? Share with us on social by tagging us with @AvocadoMattress and #AvocadoGreenMagazine!



Julie O'Boyle

By Julie O'Boyle

 —  Julie O'Boyle is a freelance writer and content strategist with a background in fashion and DIY and a devotion to the outdoors and functional nutrition. Currently residing in the woods of Maine, when she's not writing you can find her at the beach or on a mountain, or otherwise getting her hands dirty.

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