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Jan 12, 2015

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In the Market for a Good Marsala?

Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala


Pantone describes this year’s color as “Interesting on its own and a wonderful contrast for other hues, PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala is a winey red-brown that adds finesse and savoir faire. Rich and robust, Marsala incorporates the warmth and richness of a tastefully fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness.

“Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”–*Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®



The Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala (Pantone®18-1438)

Marsala as described by Eiseman:

  • Charismatic
  • Highly varietal
  • Tasteful, rich, and satisfying as a fulfilling meal
  • Grounded in earthiness with roots of brown and a complexity that is full-bodied, hearty, stylish.*

Marsala is a hue that translates easily in fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors. A hue that looks well with most skin-tones and appeals to men and women alike.  A serious mature adult color in attitude and adaptation…especially when making the shift from last year’s Color of the Year:  Radiant Orchid.

“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.” *

The color is not meant to be primarily the “hot” fashion color of hour, but more of a color emanating a mood around the world that has a universal appeal relating to this time.

With plenty of rich undertones in brown, red and amber—Marsala blends well with metallics: bronze, umber and coppery-brown; teal and blue-greens, taupe and gray, golden yellow and even orange.

2015 is destined to be a year for nurturing and nostalgic soul-searching.  Find lighting and decorative accessories that feed your soul, here’s a few of our favorite marsala-inspired lighting and decor!

Marsala Inspired Decor:

04913 Cyan Brighton wine rack

“Brighton” wine rack from Cyan Design

Rory tl from Uttermost

“Rory” table lamp from Uttermost

65169 imperial tl frederick cooper

“Imperial Secrets” table lamp from Frederick Cooper

87-7024-68 Arc tl pacific coast

“Arc” table lamp from Pacific Coast Lighting

Be on the look out for great new lamps, light fixtures and chandeliers featuring the sultry and nostalgic Color of the Year for 2015!

What do you think of this year’s color? Will you embrace the warm, earthy hue or will you wait till next year’s color?