Pantone Announces Marsala Color of The Year 2015

Say goodbye to Radiant Orchid - that's so 2014, because color authoritarian firm Pantone made its annual announcement declaring Marsala as the color of the year for 2015. While this color may pale in comparison to some of the more lively colors of the year, Marsala has its virtues. The earthier shade of red ia synonymous with wine. Described for its naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala is close to a burgundy. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute defines Marsala as a ”Nurturing and fulfilling, Marsala is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room – making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home.

For interiors, Marsala can help to unify spaces, injecting comfortable elegance to many rooms in the home with accents & accessories like rugs, pillows & upholstered furniture. Expect to see the color as a popular addition to any bedroom in the form of throws & bedding, which would work nicely with florals.

Marsala evokes qualities that enrich the mind, body and soul, while exuding confidence & stability. This tasteful hue of red was a trend on the runway this spring, featured by designers like Hervé Léger by Max Azria. Marsala can often be found in jewelry and accessories including handbags and hats.

So how can you incorporate Marsala into your existing color line up? This shade of red combines nicely with neutrals on the warmer spectrum of taupes & greys, and is striking with amber & golden yellows. Contrast it with teal, greens & vibrant blues.


“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,” reveals Leatrice Eiseman