Pantone Colour of the Year 2015: Marsala


The world’s leading colour institute Pantone has announced their Colour of the Year for 2015. I’m excited because I always look forward to finding out what will be the hue that will influence product development and purchasing decisions in the fashion, beauty, interior and graphic design industries for the new year. The team at Pantone scour the world each year for that one colour, which they recently announced. Last year’s pick was Radiant Orchid, a dynamic and bold hue not for the faint of heart. This year, a little more subdued but equally as bold with a degree of luxury to it, Pantone have announced Marsala as the leading color for 2015.

marsala 1 Marsala is multifaceted colour with a sense of elegance and sophistication, while being earthy and somewhat neutral due to its brown undertones.

“The most interesting thing about Marsala,” Pantone’s executive director Lee Eiseman says, “is that even though it has this grounded influence – this kind of earthy undertone that we see in this wine red – at the same time it has a sophistication, so there’s something very versatile about the colour.”

Pantone predicts Marsala will be a colour used widely in all industries from fashion to interior design, but in particular plush furnishings. “It’s a colour that will lend itself well to texture. Because of the strong undertone of brown and yet it’s essentially a wine red, you have all kinds of variation going on within the colour to begin with, so when you think of that in terms of texture, I think it will play wonderful tricks on the eye. I think we’re going to be looking for variations of the colour in plush textures in particular,” Eiseman says.

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For those looking for inspiration on implementing Marsala into their homes over the coming year, I have put together a couple of palettes combining colours that I feel work beautifully with Marsala.

I’d love to see an interior that weaves in burgundy, pink and nude tones with pops of Marsala against crisp whites. The image above is feminine and delicate yet dashes of deep burgundy and wine red ground the palette giving it substance and drama. The above palette (from top to bottom) includes: Radicchio by Farrow and Ball, Brinjal by Farrow and Ball, Colonial Rose by Behr, Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore and All White by Farrow and Ball.

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I’d also love to see Marsala in a space alongside olive and pistachio greens and neutral shades or browns and vanilla. The image above just speaks to me. The softness of the greens are so calming yet the rich burgundy gives the palette a boost of life. The above palette includes (from top to bottom): Radicchio by Farrow and Ball, North Creek by Benjamin Moore, Creekside Green by Benjamin Moore, Donald Kaufman DKC-8 and Elephant’s Breath by Farrow and Ball.

Marsala also pairs well with metallics (anything with a brown, coppery feel), teals and blue/greens as well as orange and rust tones, according to Eiseman.

What do you guys think? How would you use Marsala in your home? I would love to see a vintage kilim rug in shades or Marsala. A dash of rich colour without being overwhelming. On the whole , I really like Marsala and look forward to seeing how it translates into interior design over the coming year.

Tell me, which is your favourite Marsala combination?


Image credits: 1. (clockwise from top left) Pantone, Jonas Ingerstedt, Nicole Pletts, Urban Outfitters; 2. Sania Pell, photography by Joanna Henderson; Kirstie van Noort; Paint swatches by House Beautiful, exact names of colours can be found in the article above. 

6 Responses to “Pantone Colour of the Year 2015: Marsala”

  1. Lisa says:

    aaah love it all!!!! one of my all time favorite colors

  2. Athena Tria says:

    omg. i love the colors!!

  3. Love these applications of Marsala pantone 🙂

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