Pantone Color of the Year 2015: Marsala

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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.



Color of the Year 2012 – Tangerine Tango

Pantone released the 2012 Color of the Year in December but I just couldn’t concentrate on it with the holidays looming.

Now that the new year has stated it makes me happy just thinking about it.  Of course this is the point, the color was chosen to be a continuation of last years color (honeysuckle) as a pick me up for our sluggish world economy and dour mood.

Sitcom Dubai Vase

Sitcom Dubai Vase

Each year Pantone choses a color that they feel reflects the times and the current feeling of the world.

Tangerine Tango  was chosen based on research they did all year long and glimpses of trends they were seeing across such divers markets as auto, home, electronics, fashion, jewelry, and music/Hollywood.

I love it, I think it’s a great compliment to most interiors and injects a conscious bit of color and energy into a room.

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it.  Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”
– Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®


2010 Color Trends

Color Trends from the Color Institute

Do you remember the scene from The Devil Wear’s Prada when Glenn Close is lecturing Anne Hathaway about how her blue sweater was carefully chosen for her by the powers that be?

Well, there’s a lot of truth to that scene.  There exists a Color Institute whose job it is to travel the world each year and distill what is being introduced in the world of design (from home, fashion, art, jewelry, auto design, etc.) into a cohesive theme.

Perhaps an important member of the Color Institute is Leatrice Eisman, she consults for Pantone- the universal color system used by experts across industries all over the world.  She attends various shows in diverse markets and locations around the world to see what is new.  She then travels the country sharing her predictions and wisdom with various industries.  This helps them stay ahead of the trends and use them wisely.  Whenever she visits Denver, I make it a point to go see her and listen to what she has to say.

This last September she was in town talking about trends in color and some of the psychology behind them.   I thought you might enjoy a brief summary of what she thinks the world has been feeling and where the trends are heading.  You might have seen signs of these trends already.  They will be in vogue for the next year or so until we start feeling a little more confident about our futures.

Color Trends for 2010

At the heart of all of our recent trends are two factors (any guesses?)- The economy and global awareness.

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