Simple Ways to Embrace Pantone's Color of the Year: Living Coral

By Audrey Hood May 22, 2019

As both an artist and interior designer, each year I wait with eager anticipation for Pantone to announce it’s annual Color of the Year. 2019’s Living Coral is a fresh, bright pinky-orange, and I’m LOVING it! I can’t help but think of a Palm Beach soiree when I see this color, and I think with the super-neutral spaces that are so “in” right now, this pop of color will go well with any décor.

Clients have been asking me all spring how to bring this bright hue into their home, so I thought I’d give you all a little shopping list!

  • Who doesn’t love a fun nail polish color?! I love Pantone’s collaboration with Butter, one of the top nail polish companies in the world. You can’t go wrong with this shade on your toes!

  • This fun fabric from Fabric House just makes me smile – the block print pattern gives it a very organic feel, so you can put a set of pillows in this fabric with some solid color pillows (like navy or a bright green), and you’re good to go.

  • These super fun vases from West Elm come in a variety of colors – including coral! Grab 3-6 of them in varying sizes, shapes, and colors, and style them in a vignette together on a bookshelf. Bonus: these are on sale, so grab them while you can!

  • I am in love with this coral lamp and am currently trying to figure out where in my home I can put a pair of them – Bellacor has such fantastic products and they are always on-trend. I especially love the gold base paired with the coral. The shape is so feminine and soft, and the white shade just POPS.

  • Okay, so I’m a total sucker for a cute pair of sandals, and although I know I’m supposed to be looking for home items, I couldn’t resist sharing these cuties from Anthropologie. At under $100, they’re a great price and will go with so many outfits.

  • If you’re feeling bold, you could always pick up this amazing wallpaper at Anthropologie. It’s perfect for a powder room, accent wall, or kids space. In fact, I’d pretty much use it anywhere!

Meet Audrey! 

I’m Audrey, an interior designer and artist in Charlotte. I’m also a wife, mom of two daughters - Kennedy and Charlotte, and a girl with insatiable wanderlust. I believe the most important component of designing a space or creating a piece of art is the relationship I have with each of my clients. It’s through these relationships that beautiful, authentic spaces and paintings come together.

In my design work, I focus on my clients and their families, getting to know them as individuals and determining what makes them happy. I enjoy learning what my clients love, how they live, and how they use their spaces. I approach every design with my client and their family in mind, creating a warm, welcoming, comfortable environment that is both beautiful and functional. 

Find Audrey on the web,  Facebook, Instagram and at her new studio located at 

2214 Hawkins Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28203

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