Color of the Year - Marsala
The Pantone Color of the Year at Lumens
Embracing hearty warmth and earthy sophistication, PANTONE's 2015 color of the year is the sanguine and sultry Marsala. Infinitely versatile, this spicy shade can be dressed up or down for men's and women's fashions alike, and its healthy undertones lend it to beauty applications...well, beautifully. As full-bodied as the fortified wine it's named for, Marsala lends grounded stability to interiors with its welcoming reddish-brown tinge.
As the year's signature color, Marsala is the cornerstone of PANTONE's "En Plein Air" theme for 2015, which promises a return to nature with a refreshing palette of soft, soothing and subtle colors. From the Pantone Color Institute's executive director Leatrice Eiseman: "Sensual and bold, delicious Marsala is a daringly inviting tone that nurtures; exuding confidence and stability while feeding the body, mind and soul."
Why We Love Marsala Designs
Just this side of neutral, Marsala at once enlivens and grounds a space with equal authority. Straddling the line between red and brown allows fixtures and furniture to take command of a room or provide a welcoming foundation that lets other hues pop. As a base color for an interior design scheme, Marsala textiles and furniture lend a classic, refined air without feeling stuffy. Used as an accent color in an otherwise neutral space, its appealing warmth can be downright sexy, though never over the top.
Other Great Options
Building around the other colors in the "En Plein Air" theme, Marsala's anchoring presence allows the subtler greys, greens and blues and cheerful pinks and yellows in the collection to create a respite from the rush of day-to-day activities. Pair a rich Agatha Pendant by LZF in Red with Vitra's Polder Sofa XS in Cream for an off-neutral palette that speaks of comfort and relaxation. Or combine both colors in the Hibiscus Rug by Mat-The-Basics, in Burgundy.