Pantone Color Of The Year 2015 Marsala

Each December color loves look forward to Pantone announcing their color of the year and this year…

Pantone Color Of The Year 2015 Marsala…Marsala is Pantone’s pick for color of the year 2015. Released to the media today, this color made its debut via the Wall Street Journal.

Pantone describes the color as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said the color would enrich the mind, body and soul.

“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,” Eiseman said in the release. “This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

Pantone Color of the Year 2015 Marsala

In order to arrive at its color of the year, Pantone said it seeks color influences around the world, including in the fashion and entertainment industries.

See the sources for all images pictured above plus more examples of Marsala on my Color of the Year 2015 Pinterest board.

So color mavens what do you think about their choice?


  1. I love this color – rich and beautiful and warm. I sincerely disliked Emerald (2013) and wasn’t wild about Radiant Orchid (2014). I this Marsala will be able to be used in a variety of industries easily; fashion, furniture, interior design etc.

  2. I love the warm, earthy feel of this color, yet rich and sophisticated too! It happens to be my favorite shade for lips and nails. This hue will play a great role in accessorizing, whether fashion or interior. I think it will also be fabulous as a textured, brocade type linen.

  3. Jan Lehman says

    I love the beauty and depth of this rich color. It will be widely embraced here in the mid-west which means we’ll be trend-setters rather than trend-followers for a change. Thanks for sharing it so quickly!

  4. I like it so much better than the previous colors, especially Radiant Orchid. A color that we can actually use and be inspired by for interiors. Works well with ethnic influences as well.

  5. joanne chicone says

    What would be the Benjamin Moore color?

    • I haven’t pulled out the decks to make a match but it put me in mind of their Maple Leaf Red 2084-20 or Hot Apple Spice 2005-20.

      In the 2015 trends report, Benjamin Moore has a color similar to Marsala that leaned more purple — Caponata AF-650

  6. Just yesterday, I read on a decorating blog that the choice would likely be “Guilford Green” or “Paradise Blue”. I didn’t like either one, but this, this is gorgeous!

    • Benjamin Moore’s Color of 2015 is Guilford Green and Blue Paisley was named 2015 Color of the Year by PPG Voice of Color. What color is “the” color of the year? It really depends on who you ask 🙂

  7. Christine C says

    Love the richness and tonal color – interested to see how this translates into spring and summer living.

  8. Rich! Earlier I wouldn’t have know “Marsala” if it stood up an whacked me. Thank you for introducing me to this absolutely warm color. I’d love it on home furnishings … may be accent pieces teamed with beige? But I’m foxed by the various tones of this color. I’ll simply have to bookmark this article so I won’t look like a fool when I discuss Marsala. And what a sexy name too. 🙂

  9. Ruchiashutosh says

    Nice warm colour wine red is. Gives life to walls when used and the flexibility to make fabulous combinations with other colours.


  10. Lovely color but I have to wonder if it signals a shift from the last decade of white and gray tones? Will we start to see more warm tones, richer browns? Will the gray and white kitchens we just installed suddenly date our houses (Oh, that white kitchen with gray marble counters is from pre-2015). Marsala would be pretty next to the “new” brass making a comeback.

  11. Susan Ansley says

    Marsala will really look great with all the grays that have been growing in popularity across the country. Many homeowners already have some marsala in their existing “traditional” decor. Pairing with gray makes for a great segue into a fresh contemporary direction for homeowners without feeling as though they must throw everything out and start over to be more on trend. Hooray, a cost savings!

  12. As a home interior painter I have used similar paint colors to Marsala. You can see some similar paint colors from paint manufacturers on – 2015 Color of the year