2015 Color Of The Year…Marsala

In case you missed the news amongst the crush of holiday shopping and celebrity internet stunts, on December 4th Pantone the global color authority released the new color of the year for 2015 — Marsala — which they describe as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.”

According to the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute®, Leatrice Eiseman, “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability.” While describing the 2015 Color of the Year she refers to it as, “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.”

Are you curious to know what goes into selecting the color of the year? Well, Pantone leaves no stone unturned looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations, and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

With such a rich, deep, elegant color, how would one use Marsala in a kitchen or dining room? According to Pantone, Marsala can be used for small appliances, linens, tabletops, placemats and dinnerware. If you’re considering using it in other spaces throughout the home, Marsala will bring sophistication to any room by using it as an accent color with accessories or paint. Marsala can also enrich the characteristics of any room by using it on upholstered furniture or rugs.

2015 Color Of The Year…Marsala

Marsala might be Pantone’s pick for the 2015 Color of the Year, but ultimately it’s the designers and consumers who will decide the success of this color prediction. We asked a few designers on Houzz what they thought of this color and if they would consider using it in their design schemes and the reviews are mixed. Some absolutely love the color and some don’t like it at all. Others said they could see using it as an accent color, but not as the main color in a room.

We also asked consumers what they thought of the color and like the designers the reactions to the color were mixed. Feel free to join the conversation here and leave a comment on your thoughts about the 2015 Color of the Year on our Houzz thread.

Still can’t picture using Marsala in an interior space? If so, then you’re in luck! We found a few great examples of Marsala being used in interiors, furniture, and accessories and decided to create a 2015 Color of the Year board on Pinterest. Check it out here and give us a follow.

So as 2015 unfolds, I guess we’ll find out more about Marsala. Tell us, what do you think about Marsala? Do you think you’ll use this color in future design projects this year?