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The New Year brings with it a fresh start, new opportunities, and an exhilarating sense of rejuvenation. It is the best time of the year to plan for a new set of trends. Previous year, violet colour dominated the fashion world. Now it is time to take a fresh and new start with coral colour - the colour of the year 2019.

About living coral colour

The vibrant and bright colour gets its name from the calcium-carbonate skeleton, known as coral reefs. These are formed by undersea polyp (a tiny animal), which cluster together to form colonies. Coral polyps live on the calcium carbonate exoskeletons of their ancestors. Coral reefs are playing important role to keep marine ecosystem in balance. They provide a habitat for marine life and acting as a water filtration system.

The colour living coral (Pantone 16-1546) is officially described as "an animating shade of orange with a golden undertone." Based on Pantone's assessment, the colour represents optimism and joyful pursuits, as well as "authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy" in the age of social media.

Laurie Pressman, Pantone's vice-president, considers this saturated orange base with a golden undertone not only warm and welcoming but also versatile and life affirming. It energizes with a softer edge than, say, its pastel and neon colour cousins.

Reasons to select coral colour

Each December, the Pantone Color Institute announces the colour of the year. The colour of the year 2019 is Living Coral. There are two basic reasons to select coral as the colour of 2019. Coral is a symbol of the community or global/humanitarian consciousness.

Social media has become a part of our everyday lives; it is a powerful tool that keeps us connected from all four corners of the globe. From Instagram and Facebook to snapchat and YouTube, we have the ability to reach many people. At the same time, increasing online activities are destroying our social values. In our quest to connect virtually, we have disconnected from our reality and the people around us.

"With everything that's going on today, we're looking for those humanizing qualities because we're seeing online life dehumanizing a lot of things," so the first purpose of coral colour selection is to highlight the value of community and social values.

The second purpose is to remind the whole world about importance of coral reefs in maintaining the marine ecology. Coral reefs have proven to be exceptionally vulnerable to the effects of climate change. According to a 2017 UNESCO World Heritage Centre report, 21 of the 29 World Heritage reefs have sustained repeated or serious heat stress.

Among the sites that have suffered severe bleaching are the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Lagoons of New Caledonia in France, and Seychelles' Aldabra Atoll. Meanwhile, ocean temperatures and CO2 emissions continue to rise. Unless an effective solution is set in place, the World Heritage coral reefs will die in less than a century.

History of coral colour

Historian's claims that it was first harvested for jewelry by the ancient Egyptians, and worn in Rome to ward off evil. That protective feature also made its way into the Renaissance, baby Jesus was often shown with a coral amulet. Coral was also highly valued in the Victorian era, when it was carved for delicate cameo portraits; it was incorporated into sleek art deco jewelry in the first half of the 20th century; and it was prized in its raw form by the hippies of the 1960s and '70s.

Trendy coral home décor

This year, add an interesting reef corals theme, and texture to décor your home. Room decor accessories showing reef corals shapes and photos give modern interior design ideas a connection with natural world. Interior designers have welcomed the vibrant colour to groom walls, doors, and wind frames. This lovely colour brings a touch of warmth to a room, yet it can also be the perfect bold statement.

If you like to give your living room a vivacious and vibrant touch then applies the combination of coral and gray. Make use of cream colour accessories such as sofa set, side tables, wall clock etc, to soften the coral and gray combination. Decorators also suggest the use of shades of beige to popup the coral effects.

If the room walls are painted coral then decorate the windows with the curtains of blue shades. A western interior designer suggests, "The best way to celebrate coral is to layer it with shades of similar tones! We often see coral combined with pink hues or shades of pink and salmon overlap to create a coral effect.

Wall paintings matter most in interior designs. Decorate your room with photos and paintings of colour tones of marine corals. Exotic light blue, black or white, red and pink corals help to create the beautiful reflection of your love to nature and add unique character to your home decorating and interior design ideas.

Curvy coral and metal table lamp would look great on any side table, if you really want to go bold, try a coral bookcase or area rugs are a great way to add colour. Add some texture to your wall with the woven wall hanging, which features shades of coral, blush and white.

Chic ways to wear coral

In fashion and design, Living Coral is said to encourage experimental, playful looks, bold, and confidant self-expression. It complements all skin tones and can be used in patterns, textures, and monochrome "to evoke a sense of exploration or in simpler palettes to suggest positivity". If you are planning to buy a wedding dress then select rich, romantic shades of subtle coral pink, red and orange colours to give you the perfect warm and glowing look. If you love following the latest trends in party dresses, floor length coral dress is perfect to shine your personality. Girls prefer vivid coral shades for elegant and pulsating appearance.

The hottest trend in night party wear colour combinations today is refreshing bursts of coral emphasized by a darker palette. Pair coral with the colours of beautiful waters, including turquoise, teal and aqua accessories. Create your own coral colour combination by mixing and matching trending colours in shades you love. Wear outfit with the monochromatic style with numerous choices from darker shades of coral to lighter tints.

Coral is a popular colour, which can be worn in every season easily by combining it with a neutral colour. The amount of each colour you use with a coral dress is very important, and colour coordination is advised especially when you want to combine more than two colours. The colours that will look good to accessories a coral dress, are light grey, aqua green, yellow, pink, navy blue, mint green, gold, white, black, and plum purple.

In addition, when it comes to accessories a good solution that goes with a coral dress is gold. Try wearing a long and simple golden necklace or pendent and a couple of chunky, golden bangles. Coral jewelry is not only beautiful. It is also believed to have powerful healing properties layer a coral pendant necklace with moody turquoise. This pairing will bring out your inner princess.

Face fresh with coral

Beauticians agree that Coral has long been one of the most popular makeup colours because it is flattering and easy to wear, but it also lends itself to bolder looks. In addition, while many Living Coral-inspired products are bound to launch in 2019 there are plenty of already available items that can help you incorporate the colour of the year into your beauty look. Here are some of our favorites.

Coral can be surprisingly easy to wear on the eyelids, while coral is universally flattering, you still want to consider your skin tone. Fair complexions look best in peach hues, while deeper skin tones dazzle in richer orange-reds. If bold coral makes you feel uncomfortable then muted coral will ease you into the bright lip trend and looks gorgeous on fair skin.

For many people, the idea of wearing a pink, red, or coral eye shadow is slightly terrifying. Here is the correct way of applying coral eyeshades that gives your eyes fresh and bright look. Start by sweeping coral all over the eyelid. Concentrate this colour just on the mobile eyelid, without going too far above the crease. This will ensure you avoid the look of having sore eyes! Pat on the colour, and build it up with a flat dense brush. Keep applying layers until you are happy with the intensity of the colour.

Use a black if you want the look to be more intense and create more a smokey eye effect. With a small crease brush, apply a darker shade directly into the socket line, and along the lash line in a 'C' shape. Concentrate this colour on the outer corner without going any further towards the inner corner than about half way.

Coral is one of those blush colours that is universally suitable for all skin types. Simply dust it on the apples of your cheeks and watch as it brings your full beauty look to life.

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