It’s that time of year again when Pantone announces their fabulous new color of the year. The news report is in and Radiant Orchid is out, Marsala is in! 

Friends, I have a confession. Pantone’s Color Report is something that is almost entirely new to me. I promise, I don’t live in a cave and I’m up-to-date on the world, but I just didn’t know anything about Pantone—that is until now! I think I may have heard about it previously through faint whispers, but I never truly knew what it was. But, now that I’ve discovered the full depth and wonder of what Pantone is and what they do, I’m slightly obsessed!

If you haven’t already heard, the fabulous new Pantone Color of the Year is none other than the rich and robust, Marsala. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes Marsala as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red…” that “enriches our minds, bodies, and souls.”

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Marsala Pantone Rug Color of the Year 2015 Neutral Living Room with Marsala Accents 18-1438

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Marsala is a red hue that has a brown undertone. When I first see the red, I think of passion and confidence. However, the brown undertone in Marsala is very reminiscent of the earthiness and stability of nature. Personally, I think Pantone’s interpretation of Marsala as a color that exudes both confidence and comfort is spot on.

Marsala Pantone Color of the Year 2015 18-1438 Fireplace Setting with Ladies

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Looking back at past Pantone Color of the Year reports, I’m a little surprised that Marsala became the ‘it’ color. Don’t get me wrong, I do love Marsala a lot. In fact, I’m wearing Marsala right at this very moment! However, in comparison to the past few years, Marsala is far more neutral and earthy than past vibrant colors, like Radiant Orchid. According to Leatrice Eiseman, "While PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability.”

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Marsala Pantone Food and Textiles Color of the Year 2015 18-1438

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Now, not everyone loves Marsala. There are mixed reviews and a few negative comments, which suggest that Marsala is reminiscent of dried blood or dirty rust. In my honest opinion, to each their own. Whether you love or hate Marsala, it is Pantone’s Color of the Year.

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Marsala Pantone Kitchen Color of the Year 2015 Kitchen Aid Mixer Marsala 18-1438

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I find Marsala very comforting for a number of reasons. For one, Marsala has a heartwarming effect because it reminds me of the earthy red hue found in red meats, red wine, and beets. I know it sounds odd that I would find the color of those foods comforting, but I really do because of the connection those foods have to my family. Marsala makes me think of conversing and laughing with family members while eating those “Marsala-y” (yes, I just created an adjective) foods with joy! Like Pantone says, “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal…”

Marsala Pantone Color of the Year 2015 Marsala Couch 18-1438

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What are your thoughts on Marsala? Do you love it or hate it? Let us know in the comments below. Please share this post with your friends and family! Thanks for reading!

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