The Pantone colour of the year for 2019 raised some eyebrows when it was announced before Christmas: the golden orange Living Coral, a marked contrast to 2018’s Ultra Violet. We do wonder if Danny and the team will be asked to use this hue in London restaurants and bars, this year, but if they do, I’m sure you’ll catch a glimpse of it on our Instagram feed. We asked Danny not about colours for 2019, but his predictions for design trends.
“We have seen a rising demand for natural hues, particularly woodland and natural fabric is in demand. The industrial look is still incredibly popular but browns seem to be resurgent over the course of the last year, and set to continue this year.”
In terms of style, there’s a real sense in design of a return to 70s style. Interesting too that Pinterest reported a 45% increase in searches for mustard – a colour that never seems to age. More earthy tones, redolent of the 70s, are creeping onto walls and floors, and if you look at our projects portfolio, you can see that these colours have been making an appearance already in Belgravia, Islington and Shoreditch.
But back to Living Coral.
“Colour is an equalising lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute.
“With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanising and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive chord,” she continued.
Now would you expect to see it next time you’re dining out in London?
Time will tell.