Pantone Names Marsala the 2015 Color of the Year

Wine lovers will rejoice in Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala! Inspired by the fortified wine, the color “embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness,” according to the Carlstadt, N.J.–based Pantone. Further, the self-proclaimed color authority calls Marsala a “hearty, yet stylish tone that is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings, and interiors.”

The subtle red is flattering to many skin tones, is “sensual and bold” and a “daringly inviting tone that nurtures…exuding confidence and stability while feeding the body, mind, and soul,” adds Pantone.

With jewelry, Marsala translates to garnet, spinel, and tourmaline, among others, so jewelers need to know how to color-block the Marsala-colored clothes that their consumers will be wearing. Marsala color-blocks well with gray, pink, and pale blue, in addition to pairing beautifully with neutrals like warmer taupes (because of burnished undertones), amber, umber, golden yellows, and greens including turquoise and teal, as well as blues in the more vibrant range.

For tips on color-blocking Marsala, see Color Report 9 of 10: 5 Jewels to Color-Block With Pantone’s Marsala.