As it’s the start of a new year, it’s only appropriate to talk about the colour Pantone has chosen for 2019 – Living Coral
Wow! It’s vibrant and soft at the same time. The name itself reminds me of beautiful coral in the sea. Have you been underwater? I think this is on my list of things to do. Having watched many undersea documentaries, nature’s colours are simply amazing. But I digress..
Pantone (the colour expert that sets the trends in colour design) describes ‘Living Coral’ as “a nurturing colour that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.”
Think of all the places around you where you can see this colour… it could be a flower in your garden – roses, tulips or carnations. Or what about the salmon at your local fish counter? Maybe you’ve caught a salmon yourself and seen its rich coral colour.
And of course, there is the naturally occurring gemstone coral which is actually formed by living organisms. Found only in tropical and sub-tropical waters, this gemstone is created from the hard skeletons of dead coral polyps. Amazing!
On the other side of things, manufactured products such as lipstick or blush come in coral and are popular during Spring and Summer. You will see these products advertised both in the traditional ways of magazines and newspapers as well as on various social media platforms.
Living coral will also be reflected in clothing. You will see a variety of shades that will appeal to you and me. Whether it’s a jumper, scarf, handbag, or shirt, there will be something for you and the more you see this colour, the more you will warm to it.
Using this colour in making jewellery can be challenging but rewarding. You will need to experiment with coordinating colours that will enhance it. If you are using the coral gemstone, you might consider combining it with pearls or silver beads.
With polymer clay, coral is a mix of white, pink, yellow and red. Once you have the right proportions, you will be able to create unusual pieces. This is especially useful if you only want to add a bit of coral to your wardrobe to be current.
So, will you be wearing ‘Living Coral’ this year? Or will you make your own piece of jewellery?
I think I will be experimenting with coral so keep an eye out for some new items!
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