Unless you've been in hibernation or on holiday for most of January, you will know that Pantone's colour for 2019 is "Living Coral".
A natural extension of the fad for blush and Millennial pink, the colour offers another mellow tone to our living spaces.
Pantone describe "Living Coral" as, "Vibrant, yet mellow," a colour that, "embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment". And since it has been almost universally recognised that 2018 was a bit of a dud, the choice is unsurprising.
In Pantone's own words, "the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life," was their influence. They wanted to select a colour that enabled "connection and intimacy," while at the same time encouraging "light-hearted activity."
"Coral" is the perfect antidote to our increasingly busy lifestyles. With its connection to nature, the colour harmonises beautifully with an abundance of other colours -turquoise, greens and the vibrant blues of the ocean - making it the perfect addition to beach and coastal schemes. Albeit relaxing, it harnesses a secret energy, and that versatility means it can be used in most rooms and schemes - as a gentle infusion of colour in a neutral scheme, to soften blacks and greys in a modern scheme, or to enrich the green of a tropical scheme.
For summer it evokes the freshness of peach and watermelon cocktails, flamingos, and the reef; in winter, its warmth translates beautifully in decadent velvet upholstery, chenille rugs, and vibrant artworks and cushions.
For me, the colour takes me back to relaxing in a Venetian plastered room in the Mediterranean, white muslin curtains swaying gently in the breeze.