2015 Color of the Year: Marsala


Photo Courtesy: Pantone

Nikita Kheni, Photojournalist

Marsala has been named Pantone Color of the Year.


Pantone LLC,  is the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries. Their products have encouraged colorful exploration and expressions of creativity for more than 50 years. They continues to chart future color direction and study how color influences human thought processes, emotions and physical reactions through the Pantone Color Institute. The Institute furthers its commitment to providing professionals with a greater understanding of color and help them utilize color more effectively. Pantone is the world renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for selection and accurate communications of color across a wide variety of businesses.


The Color of the Year requires careful consideration. Pantone combs the world looking for color influences to find a selection. This includes the fashion and entertainment industries, the world of art, popular travel destinations, socio-economic conditions, and influences also stem from technology, the availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and upcoming sports events that capture the worlds’ attention.


A gorgeous terracotta shade, naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls. It makes an elegantly grounded statement color when used on its own or as an accent to many other colors. “The tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness (Pantone).”


The shade is a “bold pop of neutral” according to Sephora, “[the] complex,robust nude reinvents and redefines neutrals with [a] captivating dimension.”


Marsala is a flavorful shade for apparel and accessories, sultry and subtle for beauty, sophisticated, dramatic, and warming to home interiors. This shade will be able to be found almost anywhere at beauty, clothing, jewelry, and furniture stores.


Be sure to update your closet, makeup, accessories, and bedroom with this captivating earthy shade this year for a rich new look.