Marsala is the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone bids farewell to Radiant Orchid and welcomes in Marsala. Every year the Pantone Color Institute nominates a Color of the Year, forecasting which specific hue designers and consumers will all be using, wearing, and buying for the following year. This year Pantone has selected 18-1438, or better known as Marsala as the official color of 2015. Watch for this rich wine color to make a big splash this year!

“Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture.” –

Pantone refers to Marsala as a move toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum. It provides a unifying element for interior spaces and pairs well with a myriad of warm summer shades and cooler colors. You can easily introduce this earthy rum-raisin hue to your home décor by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue as a grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.

Color Pairings: This highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. Pantone explains, ‘because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.’

image credit: @pantone

image credit: @pantone

Here are a few fabulous ways to make the introduction to your Bay Meadows home:

Paint It: This reddish-brown color brings a rich warmth to interiors and can be surprisingly versatile. Pull together your palette with color hues that tie together your look, use Marsala as solid wall choice or accent wall.

Pair It: Whether you want to add a new comforter in the bedroom or couch in the living area, pair it with neutrals like white, off-white or gray to create a beautiful balance in any room.

Accessorize It: Integrate this vibrant color by adding throw pillows, vases or even artwork featuring this color can add a pop of color in a common area. Add a touch of color in your bathroom by bringing in a solid shower curtain with this color palette or wine colored accents to transform your space. Using fresh flowers like peonies, hydrangeas and dahlias that grow naturally in this dark red hue will bring life and beauty into any room.


Apartment Therapy showcases Marsala in real life.
(Image credits: Kristy Ahumada of Volatile Photography; Beth Lundell Garver; Adrienne Breaux; Darren Bradley; Beth Bates; Lindsey Kay Averill)

For more decor inspirations from rustic chic to classic contemporary, visit our Bay Meadows Pinterest Boards. Get creative and explore for the latest design trends and decor ideas while bringing this new color crush into your home. Guaranteed to inspire!

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