Big Surprise in Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015

Wow…Pantone did it again and caught us all off guard by announcing this years Color of the Year as…..(wait for it)  MARSALA!

Pantone color of the Year for 2015--Marsala

Pantone color of the Year for 2015–Marsala


This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

I, personally, am thrilled with this choice.  As everyone in the design industry was expecting to see some shade of blue, I am not a real lover of blue.  But I am a BIG lover of red in any shade and this earthy red with a hint of brown will be such fun to use in upcoming interiors.  Think about it—it can be combined with many colors to create different looks.  For example:

  1. Navy blue and Marsala will update those traditional interiors and really highlight beautiful wood tones.
  2. Gorgeous with mustard yellow (my current fave)
  3. Crisp and modern when combined with shades of gray and will warm up all those metals.  Throw in a few men’s suiting fabrics and you have a very masculine den or library.
  4. Pink grows up when it is placed next to Marsala and that combination will result in a very sophisticated nursery or little girl’s room.
  5. For a moody look consider a combination of black and marsala with a touch of cream to lighten the mood.  Might make a very romantic master bedroom….I’m just sayin’

So what do you think?  Was this a good choice and/or how would you use it in your home or project?

About hayniedi

What about me? In a nutshell I am a middle-aged interior designer and freelance writer, mother of an amazing 27 year old daughter, wife to my semi-retired lawyer husband and step-grandma to two delicious babies. From my earliest memories I have been fascinated with interior decorating and love to share my passion for beautiful rooms with anyone who will listen. Join me on this blog as my husband and I enter our empty nest years and move back into the first home we bought when we were first married that has been a rental for the past 15 years. I will share our experience with remodeling as well as other ideas and thoughts that I hope will inspire you.
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2 Responses to Big Surprise in Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015

  1. Karen says:

    I love this color and your decor suggestions. The pink and Marsala sounds gorgeous as does the combination of Marsala with black, grays and off-whites.

    We, too, are empty nest remodelers after downsizing to a small mid-century ranch just about a year ago. The living spaces, baths, kitchen and bedrooms came together very well but the home office/studio space/library isn’t happening. Maybe an infusion of Marsala will help bring it to life! Thanks for the post and your great ideas!


    • hayniedi says:

      Thanks Karen. Maybe Marsala is just the thing for your office/studio….maybe mixed with the mustard gold for an invigorating and inspiring space. Nice thing about being empty nesters is that we dont have to worry about anyone else’s opinion!


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