2015 Color of the Year

Drumroll please ... and the color of the year for 2015 is ....

Pantone Color of the Year 2015, Marsala 18-1438

Each year, industries related to fashion and interiors perk up their ears as Pantone is poised to announce its pick as color of the year. Designers and experts from across industries weigh in to discuss and debate which color will signify the trends that are already beginning to take shape and will become iconic in the year ahead. 

Pantone, considered the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems, is the company responsible for technology and systems to communicate color.  Every arena that works with color and color specification, from print to packaging, manufacturing to wholesale to retail, relies on Pantone Matching Systems to identify, specify and communicate color.  To boil it down in its simplest form, there are thousands of shades of colors, so to specify an exact color, it is identified and communicated through the Pantone system.  Not just "red" but a specific vibrant plum shade of red is PMS221, and by using the Pantone system, everyone in the production and creation of that color understands the exact shade of red to produce.

This year, Pantone has announced "Marsala" as the color of the year for 2015.  According to Leatrice Eisman of the Pantone Color Institute, "Marsala is equally appealing to men and women.  It's a stirring and flavorful shade for apparel and accessories and one that encourages color creativity and experimentation.  Dramatic and at the same time grounding, the rich full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings color warmth into home interiors."

Marsala, Pantone's the color of the year for 2015 shown used with mens apparel. A Marsala colored tie.

Pantone Marsala Mood Board of the 2015 Color of the Year Color Trend

Pantone Color of the Year 2015, Marsala 18-1438

Designers immediately started weighing in on the choice, some embracing and other decrying the selection.  Color is a very personal choice and one that a customer, especially a homeowner, lives with for a long time.  As such, oftentimes designers will encourage their clients to select colors they love and with meaning for them, regardless of what the "trends" are.  Designers will then use those personal colors to contrast and coordiate, creating beautiful and stunning interiors.

Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala used in interior design.

Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala used in interior design.

As far as Marsala, fashion runways have been seeing more and more of this trend throughout the year.  Shades of dark red with undertones of brown, or plum or metallic have become part of the lineup throughout the year and especially going into the winter months where the warm shades and layered looks are more prevalent.

Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year, Marsalo shown used in fashion runways and celebrity glam.

For interiors and other products, some of the major companies have already introduced shades of Marsala into their product mix, signalling that this is likely to be a color with broad appeal. 

Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala used in automobile fashion.

Pantone Marsala, 2015 Color of the Year shown as a color trend for kitchen appliances.

Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala used in Home Decor.

Pantone Color of the Year 2015, Marsala 18-1438 shown as an upcoming trend in women's makeup and cosmetics.

The important thing to remember with any color trend is that clothing and fashion cues change seasonlly with minimal investment.  But for home interiors, designers seek to create long-term classic and timeless spaces with a nod toward the personal colors that reflect the style and preference of the homeowner.  The background color palette of neutrals with gray tones and soft muted taupes with creamy white and black, work beautifully with almost any color. 

Dura Supreme Cabinetry Cabinet Doors that Coordinate with the Pantone Marsala Color Trend

And Marsala as an accent color, especially with warm metallic undertones that reflect the coppery hues and warm bronze metals that are gaining momentum and appeal, will mix stunningly with today's popular neutral gray palette.

Close up of Pantone Marsala backsplash tiles with a warm copper/bronze faucet.

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