Pantone reveals 2015 Color of the Year

Marsala is an ‘earthy wine red’

Pantone MarsalaPANTONE 18-1438 Marsala is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015.

The color institute describes the hue as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red” that makes for an “elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.”

Pantone calls Marsala “a unifying element for interior spaces” that translates well to accent pieces, accessories, paint, upholstery, rugs and kitchen and dining room décor. According to a press release, “The hue will be especially prominent in striping and floral patterns found in printed placemats, dinnerware, bedding and throws.”

Oriental Weavers, which has an exclusive product development relationship with Pantone, has already designed Marsala area rugs that will make their debut at the Atlanta International Area Rug Market and the Las Vegas Market in January.

The color also appeared in Pantone’s spring 2015 Fashion Color Report.

"While PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

"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."

In selecting the Color of the Year, Pantone explores influences in the entertainment industry and films that are in production, the world of art, 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.

Past colors include:

  • PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014)
  • PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
  • PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
  • PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
  • PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
  • PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)
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