Pantone Color of the Year 2015: Marsala

Pantone has announced its 2015 Color of the Year, and it’s Marsala. This beautiful and warm reddish-brown earthy color is a slight deviation from the brighter jewel tones in the past few years. But it’s not surprising since I’ve seen design embracing rich, dark colors that incorporate depth to a home’s color palette.

According to Pantone:

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its 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.”


Marsala is a versatile color to incorporate into your decor since it pairs well with jewel tones (navy, emerald), the trendy grey as well as light, neutral colors.

“Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.”

Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture. Here are some examples of Marsala from Houzz, let me know if you would like some ideas for incorporating this subtly seductive shade in your home.