2019 Pantone Color of the Year

“Vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.”

As you execute 2019 collections using the Pantone Color of the Year, Living Coral, you may come across some challenges in production. We’ve performed a feasibility study on this standard to help you get this color right the first time, and every time!

Common Challenges

According to Pantone, this color provides warmth and comfort while also mesmerizing the eye with its vividity. That’s a tall order, so it’s important to get it right. A high-brilliancy color like this naturally comes with challenges, such as limited dyestuff availability and difficulty achieving fastness requirements (especially light-fastness).

Our engineers analysed the feasibility of this color on the four most common substrates:

  • Cellulosics
  • Polyester
  • Polyamide
  • CD-Polyester

Let’s take a look at the feasibility results of the color standard:

F= Fastness Issue

On cellulosics, 16-1546 TCX will fail in perspiration and light fastness AATCC 125. Due to the high chroma of Living Coral, lab dips and bulk are going to result in duller and darker shades, though it may be able to meet tolerances depending on the retailers’ and brands’ individual requirements. It is important to note, however, that this shade cannot be achieved with commodity dyestuffs. Specialty products such as Levafix Brilliant Red CA must be used.


Good news – fastness and metamerism tolerances can be met on Polyester!


Light fastness is an issue on polyamide, but can be met depending on the fiber fineness. This shade can only be achieved using C.I. Acid Red 52, a dyestuff commonly known as Rhodamine B. This dyestuff is not permitted by all brands or retailers.


Again, the major challenge will be light fastness. The maximum light fastness result in AATCC 16-3, 20 AFU is 2.

The Solution - nOSC (natific Optimized Spectral Curve)

The natific engineers have performed a feasibility study on 16-1546 TCX Living Coral, resulting in an optimized spectral curve. The nOSC will imperceptibly lower the chroma so that other red elements with better light fastness can be used. The nOSC also allows a greater number of dyes to be used. Now the light fastness tolerances can be achieved!

Additionally, a sub-nOSC has been created for Polyamide so that light fastness can be achieved regardless of fiber fineness.

In summary, nOSCs make it easier to match this shade on all 4 substrates. All fastness properties can be met with better color constancy and minimized metamerism. 

If you want to provide a feasible color standard to your supplier that coordinates on various materials, you want to tell your suppliers which dyestuffs are available to match not only the color but all your fastness requirements: contact us at

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