Pantone Color of the Year

Missy Wicker

Pantone’s 2019 color of the year was announced last week as Living Coral (Pantone 16-1546). The color has been described by Pantone as:

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. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE Living Coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.

PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. 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.

The project team for the Labor and Delivery and Maternity Special Care renovation at Yale New Haven Hospital was pleased to hear of this announcement the same week of the unit’s ribbon cutting. You can find this hue right as you enter the space in a statement art installation selected by the hospital’s art consultant, Nancy Samotis. The unit has been renovated to incorporate the most advanced developments in family centered care while reflecting a spa like environment with elements inspired by nature to create a sense of calmness and inspiring hope.

The attached presentation was created by Gabriel Comstock, a CBRE | Heery Architect out of Boston, to illustrate how the welcoming reception art installation coordinates beautifully with the main color accents throughout the rest of the unit.