marsala 2015 color of the yearWhile the past few picks having been bright and bold, this year’s choice is all about sophisticated, natural earthiness. The Color of the Year for 2015 is Marsala (PANTONE 18-1438), a red-brown hue named for the Sicilian wine.

Marsala is a natural, sophisticated lady.  Having an organic nature but totally about understated luxury, she is tasteful, subtle, and elegant while exuding natural earthiness. According to Pantone’s panel of experts, it’s a color that “enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability.” And hello, who among us could not benefit from more of this goodness in our lives, Here’s what Lisa Eisenman, Pantone’s Executive Director has to say about the choice:

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

Marsala has a gentle strength about her – completely capable and comfortable standing on her own, yet pleasant company to a variety of colorful characteristics. This highly varietal shade combines beautifully with several neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. And due to its having burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.

The shade is actually quite universally appealing making it translate easily into fashion, beauty, event and interior design. When it comes to designing event spaces and styling interiors, this robust hue is a beautiful choice. The rich, full-bodies red-brown shade brings warmth to the ambiance of an event and interior settings. The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors. Use monochromatic tones with this shade for a sophisticated ambiance or pair it with a bright blue or lavender to show-off this colors true range.

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Regardless whether you decide on just a touch or a total Marsala makeover, we think you can set quite the stylish tone with the color. 

 So what do you think of Marsala – love it or leave it? Would you use it in your event or wear it to a party? Have any other pairing suggestions? Share your thoughts in a comment below.


Wishing you an inspiring day!

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