Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

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Images: (left) Centsational Girl

Every year color trend forecaster, Pantone Color Institute, predicts a color of the year. This year, the color was decided as Marsala, or Pantone color 18-1438, from the earthy wine color it is named after. From the Pantone website, “this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while it’s grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.” Can you feel that earthiness yet sophistication? I find that it’s a perfect color for creating warmth and moodiness both in fashion and in spatial design. Here are some images to inspire you this year.

Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

Images: (left) Real Simple(right) Bustle

Taylor Swift wore marsala last year during her Red tour. Here, instead of a bright shade she toned it down in more of a wine shade. The coordinating interior feels rich in a single painted shade and matched with neutrals.

Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

Images: (left) Glamour; (right) Domaine Home

Rihanna wears a single shade of marsala in this gorgeous and shapely dress. The deep red feels elegant and grown-up. The coordinating living room on the right contains two accent chairs in marsala, which work splendidly with eclectic touches of gold, blacks, and deep blue in the rug. This scene shows that you don’t have to do just one color to incorporate the color of the year, but you can do just a few punches here and there.

Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

Images: (left) Yahoo; (right) Asmara Inc. 

I love the dress on the left here. It shows the ability that the color marsala has to work with other accent colors like the carnation pink and lemon yellow with the touch of orange. All of a sudden the deep earthy color feels lighter and a bit more spring. Contrasted with the library on the right, which uses marsala as the base color of the room. The single color creates an atmosphere of elegance.

(top image) This is my favorite use of the color marsala. The dress on the left is a shiny version of marsala so it feels luxurious, like an old wine, and it’s contrasted with a more bohemian living room, showing how marsala can pretty much work in any setting and most color palettes. Here it works well with rich jewel-toned colors.

So, what do you think of the 2015 color of the year? Are you a fan of marsala? 

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Brittany Watson Jepsen is an American designer and crafter who just returned to America after 2 1/2 years in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. Her motto is "a creative mess is better than tidy idleness" and she lives each day accordingly. During graduate school for interior design she spent one summer working for designers Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble and another summer studying textile design at the Danish Design School. She created her blog, The House That Lars Built, as a way to keep her designing and crafting. She currently runs her blog and her etsy shop, where she sells her home accessories and paper flowers.