2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

Marsala. It’s not on tonight’s dinner menu – its Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year. The earthy,Marsala reddish-brown hue (Pantone 18-1438) seen most recently on Pantone’s Spring 2015 Color Report has pushed itself forward and is expected to be the breakout tone in the upcoming year.

Marsala takes the place of Radiant Orchid, 2014’s Color of the Year. Radiant Orchid is a pinkish-purple hue that was meant to inspire a luxurious and fanciful frame of mind. The bright color was seen everywhere from high fashion to kitchen appliances.

Pantone MarsalaFor 2015, Marsala is a color that hopes to evoke confidence and stability. Comprised of a deep, almost earthy color palette, Marsala shifts from the make-believe of Radiant Orchid and returns back to the natural, organic state seen in 2013’s Color of the Year, Emerald.

Because of this natural base, Marsala is an extremely versatile color. It can serve as an “elegant, grounded” statement color, creating dramatic combinations with warm neutrals like taupe and gray. Marsala also works well as a strong accent color or “unifying element” amongst many colors in natural palettes, such as greens and aquas, ambers and blues.

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2015’s Color of the Year also transforms based on its finish. With a matte finish, Marsala develops a raw, organic quality that translates well to textiles. The richness of the color naturally lends itself well to textured fabrics in the home such as rugs and curtains, as well as upholstered goods. When finished with sheen, Marsala takes on a more glamorous and luxurious look. This iteration of the color will be seen in home appliances and accessories, as well as beauty products and packaging.

Marsala fits in well with past honorees in Pantone’s Color of the Year portfolio.Pantone Colors of the Year For the last 15 years, the majority of the colors have been in the red-pink and blue families. Marsala is most similar to 2007’s Chili Pepper.

Personally, I think Marsala will be one of the most pervasive Colors of the Year in a while. While the bright hues of the past few years have been popular in some audiences, I believe the more natural and neutral color profile of Marsala makes it more widely appealing than colors like Radiant Orchid or 2012’s Tangerine Tango. The color is less gender-biased and lends itself well to a variety of finishes and applications.

Now it’s time for me to pop over to Bed Bath & Beyond for a new accent pillow!