Pantone has just announced their Colour of the Year for 2019. A rich and bold pink, called Living Coral. It’s a response to an overwhelming need for “immersive and authentic experiences”. Vibrant and playful, it’s just the shade to brighten your home for the new year. Here’s how to incorporate it into your décor.

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1. Tropical tablescape

If you just want to add a dash of colour, use this coral pink pillar candle from Mr Price Home. Group a couple in different sizes on a wooden tray and combine with a vase of delicious monster leaves.

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Fragrance pillar candle, R49, 99, Mr Price Home.

Carved wooden tray, R450, 00, Woolworths.

Faux delicious monster leaf, R60, 00, NetDecor

Smokey Tall Glass Vase, R179, 99, Mr Price Home.

2. Feeling Nautical

Use a coral cushion to lift a neutral sofa. Mix and match with colours from Pantone’s ‘Under the sea’ palette, such as a rich navy blue. Complete the look with navy and white striped scatter like this one from Volpes will create a nautical feel.

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Ombré cushion cover, from R199, 00, Zara Home.

Tokyo three seater couch, R8 999, 00, @home.

Sea Scatter Cushion Navy Standard, R199, 00, Volpes.

Reversible sateen cushion cover, R439, 00, Zara Home.

3. Off the wall

Go all out and use it on the walls, or if you aren’t that brave just a feature wall. With such a dominant colour, keep the furnishings neutral, like beiges and greys, and for contrast add accessories in complementary forest green.

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Bongo Jazz 1 paint, Dulux.

Occasional chair, R2 999, 00, Coricraft.

Green stitch velvet cushion, R499, 00, @home.

Coral Shimmer soft throw, R399, 00, Volpes.

4. Boutique beach house

Coral looks gorgeous when combined with other brights on an all-white bed. Bring in gold with objet and lighting to up the sophistication. Dress the bed with a white duvet cover and pillows, and accessorise with scatters in coral and teal.


White Egyptian cotton duvet set, from R1 499, 00, Volpes.

Kravet Trebizond fabric, POR, St Leger & Viney

Tabletop clock, R899, 00, Zara Home

Gold and glass lamp set, R1 199, @home.