In 2013 it was Emerald Green, in 2014 it was Radiant Orchid, and now the Pantone Colour Institute has announced that the Colour of the Year for 2015 is Marsala.
Pantone claim that the “impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement colour when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colours.”
Well, it certainly has people talking! Described by Pantone as “a naturally robust and earthy red”, this year’s choice has received somewhat mixed reviews, with some suggesting that it is a rather dull and uninspiring colour, particularly when compared to the vibrancy of the previous two year’s selections.
But Pantone defended the colour choice, explaining that for 2015 they wanted an “elegant hue”. Pantone’s executive director Leatrice Eiseman explained:
“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while it’s 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.”
So it’s a good bet that we’ll be seeing Marsala everywhere next year, from catwalks to homes and everywhere in-between!
Marsala a versatile colour, not overpowering, and, for the purposes of interior design, Pantone predict that it will be used in a number of ways, whether on an accent wall, a throw pillow, or a rug.
‘‘It’s a colour that you can mix with what you already own,’’ Eiseman said. ‘‘You can add just a touch of it. That’s the intent and purpose. It is not the colour that swallows the world.’’
For a rich, sophisticated look pair it with mustard yellow, or, alternatively, use it to bring more warmth into an otherwise neutrally-coloured living room. Given the darkness of the shade, though, it’s advisable to use it sparingly.
We expect this colour to make a huge impact in 2015, just has it’s predecessors did in earlier years.
Watch this space!