Pantone Color of the Year 2015: Marsala

December 8, 2014


Never in my life did I think I would be so excited over a color (and so much so that I would dedicate an entire blog post to it).  Then it happened last week when Pantone announced the 2015 color of the year.  Say ciao to Marsala!
Marsala, better known as Italian wine most familiar in cooking, it is now a sophisticated, but bold, earthy wine color on Pantone charts. Since its announcement last week, this color has received mixed reviews. However, upon its release I exclaimed “I want to spill wine on EVERYTHING now!”  Let it be known that I wasn’t much of a fan of 2014’s way-too-pretty Radiant Orchid that I couldn’t seem to incorporate in any aspect of my life from fashion, to cosmetics, interior decorating or otherwise.  That color, in my opinion, was better left outside in flower pots or in a mix of jelly beans.
Marsala was my news-worthy topic of conversation that night as I pointed to my glass of dry wine to reflect the color.  I talked in excitement over design daydreams in Marsala and dashed out of my seat to grab a notebook to spill an idea on the page.  My husband merely said, “there you go,” as his muted words of encouragement.  He continued to unenthusiastically mutter small sounds the rest of the evening to ensure me he was still listening as I obsessed on and on.
I want to swirl Marsala in dark chocolate and paint my lips with it circa late 90’s when all I wore was Revlon’s Color Stay in Rum Raisin. While I look forward to seeing how Marsala is incorporated in Spring 2015 fashions, I would love to wrap myself in it this Winter and wear it as an adorable pair of suede booties.  The haters can hold on to their prissy purple of 2014.  I am all about this sophisticated, grown up hue.

What do you think about Pantone’s color choice for 2015?

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