Each year, Pantone announces the Colour of the Year, predicting the hue that will be seen everywhere, from the runways to our homes.
2015, meet Marsala. Described as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red”, this warm and seductive shade is a departure from the bright, bold colours we have seen in recent years, and reflects our need for nurturing, for things that feed our mind as well as our bodies.
“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. 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.” – Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone Color Institute Executive Director
My first instinct was: Oh, that seems underwhelming. It definitely isn’t as vibrant as 2012’s Tangerine Tango, 2013’s Emerald or 2014’s Radiant Orchid.
However, I’m definitely coming around, especially after pouring over the stylised images that have been created around the colour. It’s quite sophisticated and comforting, and I already want a marsala nail polish – I think the main issue for those of us in the southern hemisphere is that it’s quite wintry. I can see marsala coats, jumpers and scarves, but it’s a tough colour for the warmer months. It would need to be in small doses, with white or teal to balance it out; whereas in winter, it could really dominate, with splashes of grey, plum or burnt orange.
Marsala is also a variety of wine, and a blend of spice, and these definitely influence the depth of the colour, and the cosy feeling you get looking at it.
Could you see yourself bringing some Marsala 18-1438 into your life?