Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year Is…



Goodbye, Radiant Orchid. Hello, Marsala!

Marsala is Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year, and it’s a gorgeous one! Named after the popular Italian fortified wine, it’s an earthy mix of red and brown that looks great on pretty much anything.

“Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth. It is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room – making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. And might we add weddings, Leatrice?!

Marsala screams Renaissance to me, which is one of my favorite wedding themes. I think of gorgeous velvety tapestries and long flowy dresses, as well as rich flowers and earthy makeup colors. I think there are a ton of ways you can incorporate Marsala (or something similar, like burgundy) into your wedding day decor. From bridesmaid dresses to wedding invitations, the color is perfect for Fall and Winter weddings. Check out a few of these Marsala-influenced pictures below for a bit of fortified inspiration. 🙂

Interested in how the Pantone Color of the Year is selected? Read more about that, below!

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The Claudette Dress from Reformation

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Photo by Anastasiya Belik Photography




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So just how is the Pantone Color of the Year selected? According to their website, this is what happens:

The Color of the Year selection requires careful consideration and, to arrive at the selection, Pantone combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the fashion and entertainment industries – including films that are in production, the world of art, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, the availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

For 15 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past colors include:

PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014)
PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)



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