Meet MARSALA … Moody & Murky. The Pantone Colour of the year 2015

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Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.

Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

Well, it’s THAT time of the year again Kiddies… no I don’t mean the impending Reindeerification of good ole Saint Nick, I mean COLOUR trends.  Pantone has announced the colour of 2015…MARSALA.  What Pantone is referring to as a rich, complex and mysterious/murky wine red with a hint of earthy purple that is going to rule the fashion, graphic and interior design field this coming year.  Marsala is named after a wine produced in the region surrounding the Italian city of Marsala in Sicily.  Colour is ALWAYS polarizing.. For some, Marsala is a grounded earthy, beautiful, murky, muted colour… for OTHERS it is the heinous 9-headed Hydra otherwise known as BURGUNDY and no matter HOW you try to sell Burgundy no one is buying (unless it is the wine of course).  Myself I think Marsala is going to be a difficult trend that reminds many of dried blood on white walls like a scene from Dexter.  However, it does have the potential to add depth, complexity and richness to many of the ubiquitous neutral colour palettes as long as it is used in an impactful and calculated manner.  It is deeper and more saturated then the colours of the last few seasons so when paired with clear tone colours it can have an drama and depth.

In addition to Marsala, Pantone has included a few other great tints into its 2015 report including the following:


On a side note … I am really enjoying the clarity, vibrancy and drama of SCUBA BLUE (PANTONE 16-4725 Scuba Blue).   “…An invigorating turquoise, PANTONE 16-4725 Scuba Blue conveys a sense of carefree playfulness.  Even though a cool shade, the vibrancy of Scuba Blue adds a splash of excitement to the palette. Scuba Blue offers a feeling of escape as it is reminiscent of a tropical ocean. This stirring and energizing shade takes us off to an exotic paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.”  Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute (now THAT’S an impassioned explanation of a colour if I’ve ever heard one) 

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Now SCUBA BLUE (above) I could have gotten behind with gusto.


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