pantone announces color of the year 2015: marsala
pantone announces color of the year 2015: marsala
dec 04, 2014

pantone announces color of the year 2015: marsala

color company pantone has selected ‘marsala’ as the color of the year for 2015. the full-bodied qualities of ‘marsala 18-1438’ make for a grounded statement color when used on its own, and a strong accent to many other tones. much like the fortified wine that gives ‘marsala’ its name, the hue materializes the richness of a fulfilling meal while its red-brown roots emit a natural earthiness. leatrice eiseman, executive director of pantone color institute describes, ‘marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth. it is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room – making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home.’


pantone announces color of the year 2015: marsala
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pantone announces color of the year 2015: marsala
the hue embodies the richness of a fulfilling meal

pantone announces color of the year 2015: marsala
marsala, applied to interior accent pieces, accessories and paint




how the 2015 color of the year was selected:


since 2000, the pantone color institute has been designating a color of the year to express in color what is taking place in the global zeitgeist. a color that will resonate around the world, the pantone color of the year is a reflection of what people are looking for, what they feel they need that color can help to answer. not necessarily the hot fashion color of the moment, but a color crossing all areas of design which is an expression of a mood, an attitude, on the part of the consumers. to distill the prevailing mood into a single hue, the pci team, led by executive director leatrice eiseman, combs the world looking for future design and color influences, watching out for that one color seen as ascending and building in importance through all creative sectors. influences can include the entertainment industry, upcoming films, art, emerging artists, travel destinations and socio-economic conditions. influences may also stem from technology, lifestyles + playstyles, new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.  with each unique color shade having its own special symbolism, an additional key consideration is the emotional component and the inherent meaning of the color.

  • Sorry to see some people do not understand the fundamentals of trend forecasting, pastles come round every year regardless, and mint green was a trend about 3 years ago, the colour is beautifull and a vast improvent on this years colour of the year.

  • Totally agree with Art & Lydia- hideous choice. Totally like a slightly darker version of Dusty Rose. BLEK. Not so bad in a transparent- like the glass dish pictured, but awful as a solid.

    Lemon Zest
  • I love it. Go Marsala.

    Verida Massa
  • I really disagree with this choice! I think people are more into pastels right now, and that a more apt color of the moment would be something like a mint green or a buoyant greenish yellow. I really feel that gold is a much better holiday choice as well. I really think the world is yearning for some different options right now, not another bourgeois red. Yuck.

  • Marsala is simply a darker (value) version of that dread color of the early to mid 80’s that was so inexplicably popular: DUSTY ROSE! This was a sickening, mid-tone grayish pink seen in wall-to-wall carpeting, floral draperies and cheap polyester bed spreads. ‘Dusty Rose’ was happiest living among bowlfuls of potpourri and Holly Hobby dolls dressed in gingham.

    Art Donovan

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