PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2015 - Marsala 18-1438

Color banner taken from the Pantone website

Every year in December, Pantone announces the color of the year! Many of us color enthusiasts wait in anticipation to see what the choice is and I have to say I was a little surprised to see this one! Not sure why, I think I was expecting something bright!



 Color swatch taken from the Pantone website

The more I look at it’s reddy earthy feel I am warming up to it. There is also a metallic feel to some of the images that Pantone uses to tell the story of this color.


Here is what Pantone has to say about the color:

“Sensual and bold, delicious Marsala is a daringly inviting tone that nurtures; exuding confidence and stability while feeding the body, mind and soul. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this robust shade incorporates the warmth and richness of a tastefully fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”

The color name makes me think of wine of course! But also of food and the lovely earthy colors we find in spices to complement this color choice. So I put a little color story together incorporating the all new color of the year for 2015 – MARSALA and some of the colors I would pair with it.


What do you think of this color of the year?