Pantone colour of the year 2019… what does this mean for workplace design?

Pantone have determined the colour of 2019 and it’s a vibrant, peachy orange hue.  To be precise, the pantone reference is ‘PANTONE 16-1546’ and it’s called Living Coral.  This blog post explores what this means for workplace interior design.

Pantone have a lot to say about the colour of the year: ‘PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar and energising aspects of colour found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent colour mesmerises the eye and mind. Lying at the centre of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of colour.’

You may be thinking, is this a cleverly disguised global warming protest or environmental campaign to save the great barrier reef?  Well if it isn’t then it has certainly raised more awareness and has a lot of people talking!  However, what we are interested in is how does this affect workplace design and commercial office interior design?

At Officeinsight we keep our ear to the ground and pick up numerous workplace trends and we see many come and go, but we really like this one.  It’s refreshing to see that Pantone have selected a colour that is based on nature but isn’t the usual green.  The coral colour is punchy, positive, playful, yet powerful.

‘Living Coral has endless possibilities when it comes to workplace design, be it a subtle inclusion in a fabric or floor product, to large, bold feature walls for clients who want to really make a statement’ Samantha Dickinson, Head of Design at Officeinsight.

We have looked at how we may be incorporating the coral colour into future office designs.  There are some great products, fabrics and textures available from our suppliers that we are really excited about. 

Aspect is an inspiring textured fabric range from Camira, the Halong fabric is an excellent choice for any office design that requires that ‘pop’ of Living coral.  Be it a chair, sofa or bench, this can provide an on-trend, design focus for any office interior or reception area.

Aspect Fabric

Aspect fabric - Pantone office design


One of 75 in the Synergy range by Camira, Contribution is a lovely pastel peach, wool blend fabric.  This is a new product for Camira, who have partnered with Just A Drop which is a charity supplying clean and safe water to those in need around the world, with every square meter sold.


Synergy Fabric

Synergy fabric - Pantone office design

Traverse, the dynamic carpet range from Desso also has an inspiring colour, with its bold diagonal lines, this tile can appear to be different colours dependant on how the light and shadows are formed on the tile.  When laid irregularly, Traverse imparts a feeling of movement and rhythm, (hence the name) which we think links very nicely with the constant movement seen with coral on the sea bed. 

Desso Traverse

We are excited to be working on many office design and build projects during 2019 and we are looking forward to populating our mood boards, 3D renders, visuals, and floor plans with hints of this colour.  Watch this space as we may be adding a number of office fit out and design case studies inspired by Living Coral!