Marsala is Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015

Pantone said it best of their pick for 2015, “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.” Love it or hate it (and many design experts had the latter opinion), Marsala is Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015. We disagree with those who weren’t all about it, and love this color specifically for paint and home decor.

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Bring It On Home

Well, the wine is hard to argue with, but this color is perfect for your home—it’s saturated with drama, but still approachable enough for a cozy living room. It definitely has a vintage feel about it. See below for some of our favorite decor picks for the living room.

Marsala: Pantone’s Color of the Year

Clockwise from top left: room via inspirationsdeco;, RENEE, 1917, Giclee Print, By Amedeo Modigliani, $49.99; Lamps Plus, Marsala Double Gourd Table Lamp, $99.99;, Loloi Hamilton Rug, $126.99; Anthropologie, Silk Knotted Settee, $3,998; Kohl’s, Linon Judith Storage Ottoman, $49.99

Perfect Pairings

Ok, so you love the color, but can’t figure out how to integrate it into your existing decor or how to start a room with it. Here below are some helpful color combinations that make it easy to be current (without starting from scratch!) with Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015.

Marsala: Pantone’s Color of the Year

We love this calm, rich pairing for a bedroom. It’s the perfect balance of rich color of soothing grays and periwinkles. The gray tones give Marsala a contemporary lift.

Marsala: Pantone’s Color of the Year


The clean taupes of Silver Fern and Fennel Seed offset the rich brown suede of tapenade, and apricot brandy brings in a rosy outlook. This is very pretty for a living room. You can see these colors as the clean neutrals of your furniture, perhaps a rich brown wingback chair plus some throw pillows in rose and marsala. You’re all set!

Marsala: Pantone’s Color of the Year

Don’t you just love mustard yellow (although this one looks more like a mustard green, we think)? Mixed with Marsala, this gives you a vibrant, modern palette.

Color Matches

So we’ve convinced you; now what? If you like the color, but are unsure about making the four-wall paint jump, consider integrating this year’s “it” color into your living room as an accent wall. Lonny magazine (one of our favorites!) gathered some of the best color matches for Marsala for you, see below here.

What do you think about Marsala, Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015? Love it? Hate it? Would you decorate with it?


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