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Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2015: Marsala

CARLSTADT, NJ—Pantone has named PANTONE18-1438 Marsala, a robust and earthy wine red, as the Color of the Year for 2015.

“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,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

According to the company, Marsala provides a unifying element for interior spaces, and can be used in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Pantone also noted that the color’s characteristics are enhanced when it is applied to textured surfaces, such as rugs and upholstered furniture. It also predicted that Marsala will be especially prominent in striping and floral patterns found in printed placemats, dinnerware, bedding and throws.