Flooring Manufacturers Celebrate “Life-Affirming” Living Coral
Pantone recently announced Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral as the Pantone Color of the Year for 2019, and flooring manufacturers are excited to show designers how this “animating and life-affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone” can be used both in and adjacent to their flooring.
“Living Coral is a multifunctional color that can cater to a variety of design styles,” said Satya Tiwari, president of Surya. “We have seen coral tones emerging in our product development research and have brought similar hues to life in our most recent Fall 2017 ‘Harmony’ and Spring 2018 ‘Desert’ trends. It bridges the gap between reds and oranges in a playful, lighthearted manner, making it much more commercially accessible across industries.”
Surya will be spotlighting an array of accessories in Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year at the Atlanta and Dallas winter markets through over 100 Surya accessories across its product categories, including rugs, lighting, textiles, accent furniture, and wall decor.
“Living Coral is a great choice for 2019,” said Darby Moraitakis, director of marketing For Phenix Flooring. “It’s energetic and exciting without being completely over-the-top. We think homeowners can have a lot of fun incorporating Pantone’s Color of the Year into their interior design choices – from small space statement walls to thoughtful wall art – this color has the potential to create some really exciting spaces in 2019. Plus, we can’t help but think about being underwater when we think of Living Coral – we’d pair this statement hue with a dark toned, waterproof LVT, like our Free Expressions luxury vinyl in Woodland.”
In commercial carpet, Brintons is seeing Living Coral popping up in the abstract line work of loose lay Axminster rugs, used in textural layers to update traditional patterns, and smathered boldly across dynamic graphic elements. Brintons also notices Living Coral being used in multiple layers of carpet designs and in all sectors; marine, gaming, public space, and hospitality.
Hospitality interiors are seeing elements at smaller scales– art objects, paintings, fabrics–take on the fully saturated fill of Living Coral. In carpet, the color is typically cultivated in small percentages on the uppermost design layers allowing it to softly echo throughout the space. However, in extremely high-traffic areas like convention centers where the energy of the color is synonymous to the energy of the space, designers may flood the floor with this saturated hue in an analogous scheme instead of only using it for highlight and contrast.