Pantone Names Marsala as the 2015 Color of the Year

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As Dallas moves in and out of the cooler temps, Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year announcement is dishing up an appetite for a color that is deeply embedded in richness and warmth.



For over 20 years, the Pantone Color Institute, the standard-setting authority on color, has surveyed industry experts to bring us each season’s color trends. Across the globe, designers, retail buyers, and CEO’s anticipate Pantone’s Fashion Color Report as a major market indicator. The palettes highlighted in these reports translate to goods spanning bed spreads, toothbrushes, eye shadow, and ball gowns, in countless color-conscious sectors. As the year of Radiant Orchid moves towards its close, Pantone named Marsala as the standout shade in the group for 2015.

Marsala, a “robust and earthy wine red”, is the Color of the Year for 2015. Per Pantone, the hue “enriches our minds, bodies and souls.” It follows Emerald Green in 2013, and Radiant Orchid in 2014, which we note did not fare well in the retail market. “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful color embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while it’s grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.



Many Spring 2015 designer collections and red carpet appearances have already introduced the red-kissed shade to the scene. From Prada to Dennis Basso to Herve Leger by Max Azria, the wine-influenced color is one that will spark bohemian and warm influences all the way from apparel to home décor. While the reddish-brown hue is iconic to 70’s inspired style, modern variations of the shade will encourage creative blends of both new with vintage as 2015 rolls forward.

We note that while last year’s pick of Radiant Orchid was difficult to pair, Marsala swoops in as a breath of fresh air teaming surprisingly well with Spring shades of yellow, turquoise, and multiple versions of green. Also making an excellent combo, the spicy color is even better matched with shades of pink, peach, grey, taupe, brown, navy, olive, or celadon green. Although we predict both the décor and furniture market hitting this color with fury, early reports indicate a slight uneasiness with Pantone’s newest color selection. Despite the contrary, we are excited to see what unique variations Marsala will bring for 2015.


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