The Pantone color of the year is called "Living Coral." It's somewhere between a peach and an orange. The name is also a good reminder about the importance of our seas and oceans, and of the vividness of life, hues and colors beneath the blue waves. It's a lively color that's bright without being overly bold. Living Coral is both relaxed and vibrant, making it a wonderful color option this year.

How to use

Coral colors are often seen in beach homes because it's a natural fit with navy and other shades of blue. But, if you're looking for something more out of the beach box, Pantone makes it easy for homeowners by providing a wide palette of colors that will take your home in a variety of directions, from the classical seaside to punchy and sophisticated.

Visit Pantone's website (www.pantone.com), and there's a great overview of the color and its inspiration. Click on the link to the palettes, and you'll find an array of complementary shades that will help you create fun and interesting color combinations.

Accessorize

An easy way to blend this color into your decor is to start with accessories. A good start is to find a rug with the coral shade in it. Next, pull in some accessories, such as lamps or throw pillows. Then you have a new color addition without a major investment or repainting.

The Justina Blakeney Cielo rug (www.rugs-direct.com) combines the classic blue with coral in a sophisticated pattern. Placed under a bed with a pair of Mack & Milo Louis coral orange table lamps (www.wayfair.com) on either side of the bed, and you've got a great look in the bedroom.

In the living room, taller lamps such as the Coral Reef table lamps (www.lampsplus.com) bring the Living Coral shade to life. Small objects, like a trio of coral-colored glass bud vases (www.worldmarket.com) that hold simple stems, carry the color to other parts of the room inexpensively.

For the technology minded, Google Home mini smart speaker comes in a coral color and would fit right into a living room or kitchen. In a hallway, add a geometric runner like the Tulum Geo Accent Rug in Coral (www.target.com). Added indoors or out, this rug will help you weave in more coral color throughout.

Paint walls, and perk up the bedroom

If you're ready for a color change, Living Coral is a cheerful choice for adding color that's not overbearing nor too understated. Perfect for perking up a foyer, try adding it on the walls; or if your walls are white, why not paint the ceiling?

Living Coral is also perfect for a bright breakfast room, kitchen or bathroom. An accent wall in the bedroom will give the bedroom a lift, and you can throw in some great new throw pillows or linens like the Pine Cone Hill Trio Coral Duvet Cover (www.annieselke.com) with its delicate coral outline against a white background. Pair with the many items in the coral color collection to round out a look that's fresh, yet timeless.

(For more information, contact Kathryn Weber through her website, www.redlotusletter.com.)

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