PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral is the colour of the year for 2019. This vibrant, calm colour was chosen to reflect the increased need for authentic human connections and experiences.

Authenticity was making its way forward as the biggest trend for 2019 even before the Colour of the Year was chosen. Here are five key ways to ensure your house stays on trend this year.

Be Bold

Whether it’s with pattern or colour, being bold is the way to go. Floral fabrics, printed wallpaper, bold colour splashbacks in the kitchen and bold wall colours are the most recommended ways to introduce a bold statement to any room. Jewel colours and moderate metallic accents are still very much on trend for 2019.

Find Balance

Just like Living Coral is a perfect balance between vibrancy and relaxation, you need to balance out the bold with some subtle style. Build your style on a foundation of a neutral colour such as white and then add personality and interest with different textures and colours.

Raw sustainability

Living Coral is intimately linked to the natural beauty of our ocean’s coral reefs. Bringing sustainable raw comfort to your home is huge for this year. Think concrete, wood, glass, leather and wool. The options for incorporating natural elements into your design style are endless. The Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS will have a range of demonstrations to inspire you in the Raw Workshop.

Dark and Sultry

Go over to the dark side with darker bathroom colours and warmer colours for kitchen countertops. Choosing darker tiles for your bathroom instantly adds a sultry edge, making it a luxurious relaxation haven. Darker countertops in the kitchen help anchor bolder pattern choices and contrast bold colours.

Comfort splurge

In response to the ever-increasing speed of modern life, comes the need to have homes that are a source of comfort, security and relaxation. You may want to splurge on an enveloping four-poster bed, a comfy couch or a timeless antique piece that introduces a sense of history into your home. Whatever you choose, comfort and the possibility for human connection should be the driving force behind bigger purchases.

Need some more inspiration, advice or guidance? Visit the experts at Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo happening 28 February – 3 March at the Ticketpro Dome. Buy your tickets here.