Friday Finds: 2015 Pantone Color of the Year

2015 Pantone color of the year Marsala

Design World Reacts to Marsala

The 2015 Pantone Color of the Year exploded onto the scene with plenty of fanfare. Marsala is a rich, earthy red, inspired by the fortified Sicilian wine. It invokes sophistication and natural earthiness with its deep hues.

The color is “nurturing and fulfilling,” says Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Marsala is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room – making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home.”

Pantone’s pick is one of the most anticipated design announcements each year, influencing fashion, beauty, interior design and home furnishings. Of course, it didn’t take long for the reviews – and product placements – to start rushing in.

Pantone Color of the Year

Here’s a roundup:

House Beautiful

Eight rooms, eight designers, and one rich, earthy hue. House Beautiful shows how Marsala can transform a room: bedroom, living room, kitchen and more!

2015 Pantone Color of the Year
House Beautiful | Photo credit Dittie Isager

The Today Show

On the highly-rated morning show, NBC’s Carson Daly modeled Marsala on his necktie, and showcased it with other props. Calling Pantone the leading authority on hues used in paint, fabrics and manufacturing, writer Emily Sher offers a snapshot of the far reaching impact of Marsala in retail. Expect to see it everywhere, from coffee makers to pillows and jewelry and fashion.

2015 Pantone Color of the Year


Sephora color of the year Marsala
Marsala as makeup. Sephora quickly offered a complete beauty shop inspired by the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year.



See how Marsala flows on celebrities and models. Designers are using this rich color in their clothing lines, calling it a nice departure from the neons.

Pantone Color of the Year
Photo Credit | Brittany Ambridge

Apartment Therapy

The apartment-focused design site featured Marsala at home, with photos of real life rooms warmed up by this deep earthy tone in a variety of uses.

Pantone Color of the Year 2015
Country Living | Photo credit Annie Schlechter


Haters are going to hate. Not everyone is deeply in love with the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year pick, and you’ll get the impression that some critics just have to have their say. The article is worth reading just for the response from Olive Garden. Yes. Olive Garden.

Are you ready for Marsala? You can always start by sipping a small glass of this full-bodied aperitif while planning your own color adventure.

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