Pantone Color of the Year 2015: Marsala

pantone color of the year


Pantone has announced it’s 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 homes 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 chaise from Houzz

Marsala Chaise on Houzz


marsala pouf from Houzz

Marsala pouf from Houzz


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.



A Seattle State of Mind

Seattle conjures images of the historic Pike Place Fish Market, the original Starbucks coffee shop and the iconic space needle.  It was on a recent first time visit to this beautiful city that my family and I enjoyed the usual spots, but discovered much more. Architectural elegance, beauty in unexpected places, and a Guggenheim-designed children’s museum that delighted us all.  


Bacon is my favorite so I loved this statute!

Bacon is my favorite so I loved this statue!


My girls and I at the Pike Peak Fish Market.

Enjoying the flowers at the Pike Peak Fish Market with my daughters.


The original Starbucks.

The original Starbucks complete with musicians.



Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald

N ow that we are well into 2013 I’d like to review Pantone’s color of the year, “EMERALD”, and how it’s being used.

Emerald, Pantone Color of the Year

Even as the perfect color for an economy that’s “on the mend”, I admit that this choice surprised me a bit this year. I was betting money on lilac based on it’s current popularity in design magazines.   Pantone considers more than design though when choosing this honor, and I’ll freely admit I didn’t make it to the auto shows this year.

Pantone ( is the “world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries.”  They are responsible for most of what is available on the mass retail market by following high style, cutting edge visionaries in numerous industries and emerging trends.  Their system is ideal for assembling creative palettes and conceptual color schemes, as well as providing color communication and control in the manufacturing process. After distilling this information they publish forecasts, which are then bought by most companies (from graphic arts, fashion, home interior to industrial design and consumer markets) and used as a reference when making product decisions. 

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