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Living Coral, Pantone Colour of the Year 2019

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It's here! Pantone have recently announced the colour of the year for 2019, and it's coral! It is the most gorgeous accent colour, and perfect for a summer wedding.

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Here’s what Pantone had to say:

“An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge. Vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.

In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy.”

A good colour for a wedding then!


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So how do you incorporate coral tomes into  a wedding colour scheme? Well, can I suggest little and often!!  A little of this vibrant hue goes a very long way, (you'll see the board I've been pinning on Pinterest illustrates that.)

Think of peonies with coral tones, delicate and translucent Icelandic poppies and David Austin roses, It looks wonderful with berry toned florals and jewel brights, but a few in a creamy yellow or blush bouquet would be wonderful too.

Flowers by Bramble and Wild | Bowtie and Belle Photography | Styled by Kate Cullen for the Fine Art Wedding Boutique

Flowers by Bramble and Wild | Bowtie and Belle Photography | Styled by Kate Cullen for the Fine Art Wedding Boutique

Coral peonies, roses, daisies and achillea | Photo by  Amy Arrington Photography

Coral peonies, roses, daisies and achillea | Photo by Amy Arrington Photography

Photo via  Floral Magic

Photo via Floral Magic

David Austin roses and coral bougainvillea

And then there’s fruit on a cake - figs cut open, apricots and berries… even autumn leaves…

22 visually superb drip wedding cakes |  You and Your Wedding

22 visually superb drip wedding cakes | You and Your Wedding

Mountain Elopement in the Swiss Alps | Ruffled Blog |  David and Kathrin Photography and Film

Mountain Elopement in the Swiss Alps | Ruffled Blog | David and Kathrin Photography and Film

A ring box, silk ribbons (oh and those gorgeous poppies again!) …

Stationery Gemma Milly | Bowtie and Belle Photography | Styled by Kate Cullen for the Fine Art Wedding Boutique

Stationery Gemma Milly | Bowtie and Belle Photography | Styled by Kate Cullen for the Fine Art Wedding Boutique

A coral lip or nail varnish…

Rouge Dior Vernis in Coral Crush |  Feelunique

Rouge Dior Vernis in Coral Crush | Feelunique

The ideas are endless! It’s a perfect shade to add vibrancy to an English Country Wedding with gorgeous florals. And it’s a perfect accent for a Modern Minimalistic celebration too.

I have to admit that I struggled with Pantone 2018 Ultra Violet, but this uplifting shade makes my heart skip a beat! And remember Pantone 2017 Greenery? At first glance we were all a little worried, but then foliage became an ongoing trend that was and is much loved and here to stay. 

So aside from finding  perfect excuse to fill the studio with coral charm peonies and ranunculus, and pop out to buy a new lipstick, Living Coral is a colour that I can’t wait to see more of. Happy wedding planning!

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