When Pantone first announced Living Coral as its colour of the year, a lot of people were sceptical. For some, the hue was too mellow, while it reminded others too much of a certain American president.

The orange-peach shade is said to be sociable and spirited, symbolising our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits. Reminiscent of actual sea coral, the hue embodies our desire for playful expression and represents the fusion of modern life with our natural surroundings. Coral is fresh and vibrant, yet retains a mellow vibe to it — mirroring current home design trends.

However, it has been an underrated hue in interior design, having been overshadowed by more popular shades like dark green and purple, the previous colours of the year. This is especially so with the advent of industrial-inspired interiors.

Thanks to Pantone, though, we predict we’ll see more use of coral this year — especially in modern spaces. So get ahead of the trend and start using the colour in your home.

If you need inspiration for incorporating coral into your interiors, check out these sophisticated living spaces that prove coral isn’t a boring colour.