Pantone's color of the year plays well with several different hues.

When Pantone announces its color of the year—Living Coral for 2019—the organization also creates several color palettes that can best accompany that hue in a variety of settings. Above is Pantone’s Under the Sea palette, which offers tones related to the room photographed above.

“Pantone Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color,” the Pantone website explains.

How did Pantone become the arbiter of color? It all started in 1963 when the organization created the Pantone Matching System, a tool that led to more consistent color matching just as the world was becoming more color conscious with the advent of color television, printing facilities and the like. Today the Pantone Color Institute has the respect of millions of designers, branding experts and others around the world. As the year moves on, expect to see more products, paints and other influences in this golden coral tone.

“With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive tone,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, on the company’s website.