Spotted: Marsala, Pantone Color of the Year 2015

by . December 10th, 2014


Every year since 1990, the Pantone Color Institute has nominated a Color of the Year — forecasting which specific hue designers and consumers will all supposedly be using, wearing, and buying for the following 12 months. As we bid goodbye to Radiant Orchid, Pantone Color of the Year 2014, we welcome Marsala, Pantone Color of the Year 2015.

Marsala comes from the color of Marsala wine, commonly used for making tiramisu. Pantone described Marsala as a “naturally robust and earthy wine red,” and is also the color of fine chocolates, exotic spices, and the fragrant loam of the fertile Earth.

Some of our readers have already shared what they thought about Marsala and it garnered mixed reviews, mostly negative. Some were reminded of the desert, cheap wine, and tiramisu, while others associate it with dirt and other brown things we dare not mention. Even before Pantone has released Marsala, this color has already been seen in runways, red carpets, and even in our homes. Join us as we list down a few things where we can see and apply Marsala.



Marsala is just a toss-up between brown and  deep red which are 2 colors easily associated with cosmetics. Red lippies are always in season but why not consider this shade of red for 2015? You can also paint your nails in this color to welcome 2015.



Your welcome mat. Your Holiday plates. Your couch. Anything burgundy or maroon might actually be Marsala — that’s just a fancy name for this color; without you knowing, you already have a Marsala-colored item at home.

Color Schemes


For graphic designers, we can use this color in our color palettes for our 2015 projects. Time to play with earthy tones and vivid color combos. Who knows, maybe this color will bring us luck with clients next year. ;)


The most common use for Marsala is possibly in fashion. Over the years, we’ve repeatedly seen this color worn by supermodels, starlets, and esteemed actresses. It’s a sexy color that not all women can pull off.