“Mere colour…can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways” mused the 19th century poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. Here at Kassavello we believe those words still ring true today and were fascinated to reflect on Pantone’s recently announced colour of the year for 2019 – Living Coral. Pantone describes living coral as ‘sociable and spirited’, symbolizing society’s innate need for optimism and escape during challenging times of change. Subtle and seductive, natural and yet exquisitely refined – this is a heartening colour that can bring a hint of paradise to any room or scheme.
Below are some curated examples of living coral that have been inspiring the Kassavello team over the past few days together with some of the techniques that we believe exemplify how colour can be utilised to create impact in any space.
Using form and texture to amplify your colour choice. By this we mean that the decision to apply colour to a strong graphical piece of furniture with clean linear lines can carry a very different emotional impact to the same colour application on a soft curved piece of upholstery. Simultaneously the choice of fabric or material can amplify or soften the poignancy of colour choice. Here our Andesine armchair is fully upholstered in sumptuous velvet instantly intensifying the charisma and celebratory expression of living coral’s utopian promise.
Selecting a backdrop to add drama and emotional impact to your space. In order to maximise the impact of colour in a room consider using it as a large backdrop against more neutral pieces of statement furniture. Walls, ceilings, floors and even screens can transform the emotional ambience of a space and simultaneously serve to showcase the craftsmanship and detail of key pieces. Here a coral wall helps to create a sociable and joyful setting whilst highlighting the sleek lines of the Collins chair and subtle detailing of the Miles table lamp.
Colour as art. Rugs are increasingly being seen as a leading and critical component of contemporary schemes, frequently used as a tool to ground the colour scheme of a room and thereby creating a distinctive emotional impression as soon as you enter the space. The incorporation of a playful colour such as living coral into floor art or traditional wall art ensures that the power of colour within a space is immediate. Fusing that colour with dynamic shapes and forms draws the eye in further thereby maximising the impact as illustrated in Rug Society’s Simba rug.
Many of Kassavello’s pieces are available to customize in living coral or another colour of your choice. If you would like to speak to us about specifying colour and styling your space please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.