Lonely Planet Writer

Fill your Instagram feed with the most popular travel colors of the year

If you like to seek out the perfect backdrop for your Instagram shots while on vacation, Carlsbad, a California seaside city located just 25-minutes north of San Diego, has announced the results of the 2019 Colors of Travel Study.

A couple sitting in a field of pink flowers in Carlsbad , California
Carlsbad can offer the perfect backdrop for your Instagram shots on vacation. Image: Visit Carlsbad

The study researched the trending colors used in inspirational travel photos across social media and the colour psychology that informed them. Influencer marketing platform, Fohr, selected 75 influencers with an Instagram following of 50,000 or greater, and analysed their five most engaged Instagram photos to determine the four most common colors.

Sun loungers and umbrellas by the pool in Carlsbad, California
The results of the 2019 Colors of Travel Study have been announced. Image: Visit Carlsbad

The trending colors for 2019 were found to be Pantone 16-1522 Rose Dawn, a gentle and warm dusty pink; Pantone 15-4323 Ethereal Blue, an open and expansive blue hue; Pantone 19-4535 Ocean Depths, a refreshing deep teal reminiscent of the color of the sea; and Pantone 16-0948 Harvest Gold, a warmly-lit solarized shade emblematic of autumn’s yellow florals.

The shoreline of Carlsbad in California
2019’s palette reflects grounded, earthy and calming hues. Image: Visit Carlsbad

Informed by the results of the study, Visit Carlsbad and the Pantone Color Institute developed the second annual Colors of Carlsbad palette to showcase how these individual trending colors come to life to form a cohesive palette in Carlsbad. It says that compared to the vibrant hues from a similar study in 2018, 2019’s palette reflects grounded, earthy and calming hues.

A field of pink flowers in Carlsbad , California
The individual trending colors form a cohesive palette in Carlsbad. Image: Visit Carlsbad

If you want to experience all these shades, the city has launched a variety of multicolored culinary offerings, wellness treatments and outdoor experiences in its restaurants, resorts, and spas. Additional vivid experiences include a color-packed picnic and electric bike ride at Pedego Carlsbad, and an outdoor art installation at the Carlsbad Art Wall.

Two women cycling on bikes in Carlsbad, California
There’s an electric bike ride at Pedego Carlsbad. Image: Visit Carlsbad

“From the open and expansive blue sky that conjures up endless opportunities for outdoor recreation and the soothing deep teal lagoon waters, to the savory and spicy golden yellow suggestive of exotic culinary surprises and warming rose tone of the wondrous sunrise, this year’s colors highlighted in the 2019 Colors of Travel Study brings to life the unique beauty of Carlsbad’s natural surroundings and wellness-oriented lifestyle,” says Laurie Pressman, VP of the Pantone Color Institute.

The city sign for Carlsbad in California.
Carlsbad has announced the results of the 2019 Colors of Travel Study. Image: Visit Carlsbad

To find out exactly where you can experience the beauty of Carlsbad, there’s a full listing of events and activities at ColorsofCarlsbad.com,