Hello, friends! Mikahla here from Eureka Crystal Beads with the first of many in my new series on color trends. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next project, wondering what to match with coral, or just generally wondering what’s in style this year (and why), read on 🙂
The “Color of the Year”
If you’ve been surfing social media this year, you’ve probably heard the mention of “Living Coral,” Pantone’s official color of the year…what does that mean? What shade of coral makes it living coral? Well, Pantone is best known for its proprietary “Pantone Matching System,” a universal color language. This system is used for printing, manufacturing and producing super-exact colors across a variety of different materials. This is useful to big brand names like Tiffany & Co – it helps them to match their company color on boxes, websites, postal mailers, and jewelry. Pantone has become so infamous as a color authority that designers and fashionistas worldwide look to them for trends and suggestions in color.
And why should that matter to a beader? Well, it does and it doesn’t!! Maybe getting the exact shade of living coral isn’t what’s important to us, or even within the realm of possibility. It’s the spirit of the color “living coral” that we should be trying to capture and embody in our work. Coral is a wonderful, workable, wearable shade that isn’t quite pink, and isn’t quite orange – and it’s trendy for summer 2019.
I’ve listed a few examples of coral beads that I think fit into this year’s theme (it’s flexible!)
Incorporate shades of “Living Coral” into your jewelry designs, pattern adaptations, and bead & stone collection to keep your work looking fresh and up to date. This shade is optimistic, versatile, and fairly gender neutral, making it a great addition to any beaders collection.
“Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.”
Pantone even released some lovely palettes to inspire the public with other colors to match against coral. If you’re struggling with what you might pair with such a striking peachy shade, these palettes could be a great starting point. They employ tried and true color harmony techniques, and use the trendiest shades of the season across the board. The color bars to the right of the palettes are suggestions for the amounts of each color you might consider incorporating into any one design at once.
Complex Color Harmony
“UNDER THE SEA”
Warm Toned Color Harmony
Bright & Dramatic Color Harmony
Looking to Keep it Simple?
Coral Earring Kit
If you love “Living Coral,” but don’t love the stress of picking out all of those colors, we have a lovely alternative option for you! Just use ONE color. These cascade earrings utilize over 30 Swarovski crystal pears! They are energetic, sparkly, and fun…and they come in the color coral! Get everything you need to make them in our kit.
What if Coral’s NOT my Color?
That’s alright, I hope you warm up to it sooner or later…but there are more great suggestions from Pantone, and Eureka Crystal Beads, to help you through the Summer. Keep an eye out for our next Color Trends post. Thanks for sticking around until the end, drop a comment below to let me know if you liked this content, or if you have any questions!! Bye ❤