Every year the colour authority Pantone announces a shade of the year and as wedding stylists we’re always keen to hear what it is because we know that it’s going to provide fresh inspiration.  Last year the shade was Ultra Violet.

And for 2019 we were excited to hear that the colour chosen is ‘Living Coral’.

Pantone describes it as a “golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge” which really sums things up.

In addition, coral actually works beautifully as a neutral, to highlight other shades. You only have to look at style setters such as Amal Clooney (who frequently accessorises with coral coloured bags) to see just how true this is.


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Spot the coral flowers on Amal’s beautiful dress above – subtle colour pops. She’s always beautifully put together and has long been a fan of using coral shades in her wardrobe.

So how can ‘Living Coral’ work as a wedding shade?

Well, coral is just made for weddings. First off, you’ll find plenty of flowers available to you in this warm, happy and welcoming hue. We’re thinking roses, carnations, tulips, ranunculus… your florist or venue stylist will have plenty of options to work with.

Living coral wedding table

Roses in coral and a colour co-ordinated menu match up beautifully at this Ambience styled wedding

Work the colour through to your wedding stationery too. Just give your printer the Pantone colour reference, Living Coral 16-1546, and everything will match up perfectly.

You can go as far as you want with this shade.

You can use it as an accent colour – or make it a central hue for your wedding day.

Coral as an accent colour

As an accent colour maybe consider coral for your wedding shoes. If you find the perfect pair but not in a coral shade, remember it’s straightforward to get them dyed to match by companies such as Rainbow Club or Paradox London.

You could also use it for the flowers on your wedding cake, chair decor or even have your favours in the shade (macarons could be perfect here).

Have coral-coloured napkins.

As for your bridesmaids, you could go all out for coral dresses or consider coral  shoes or  jewellery…

Living coral

Using coral as an accent colour. Here our stylists have co-ordinated it with grey and white.

Co-ordinating shades

If you like the ideal of using coral but want to keep it as a subtle background hint, then there are plenty of shades to co-ordinate with it.

Grey is classy and timeless and provides the perfect foil to the vibrancy of coral. You could maybe consider sequinned linen if you want to ramp the glamour up a bit.

Here are some more examples of colours that work well with coral (with links in bold to image from Pinterest):

Spot the cute coral-coloured macarons here wrapped in ribbon and the delicate napkin completing the picture.

Here’s an idea for a wedding table that’s on trend but not overpowering. Created by Ambience Venue Styling.

There’s so much to consider and think about with Pantone’s Living Coral… Are you inspired to use this colour for your wedding?