I love the Pantone Color of the Year for 2019, Living Coral, but I have something a little more intense in mind.
I have Phoenix Red in mind. Call it fiery, call it hot, call it transformational. You can also call it by its hex color number f92420.
There’s a story behind all my Magtone colors, and these usually begin with food. In this case, I was sitting over a bowl of steaming rice and veggies, and then pulled out a hot chili sauce to spice up my dinner. When I saw the color of the clear chili-fied oil near the edge of the dish of sauce, my eyes got big. There it was.
What does this color symbolize? I believe it is the first cousin to a similarly vivid color popular in 1969-71. Saturated colors were in then and there was a mood in the air similar to the mood now. We are not content, we are motivated—we are transforming. I might have chosen a few different colors around hex color f92420, but the name of this, Phoenix Red, had me hooked. A change is coming.
Let’s get the fire started, shall we?
Here are some vintage items I’ve scouted on Etsy that fit the bill:
You can find each of these items, and links to the items for sale, in my Etsy list, Phoenix Red.
Are you feeling Phoenix Red as much as I am? Are you prepared to rise from the ashes?