Marsala, Not feeling it!

662166-a34bcaa4-7f37-11e4-9caa-85bf895cb19fEvery year since 1990, the Pantone Colour Institute has nominated a Colour of the Year, the 2015 Colour of the Year is Marsala. This means Pantone is forecasting this will be the new IT color that designers and consumer will not be able to get enough of for the next 12 months.  Guys I have to tell you, this designer is not digging it! I have seen a lot of dark burgundy popping up in fashion this season which I do enjoy but the Marsala color they have chosen reminds me of a dirty 80’s mauve.

661729-a301fbae-7f37-11e4-9caa-85bf895cb19fWhat does Pantone say about Marsala? “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.”  I know color is very subjective and everyone will have their own opinion but from the description Pantone gives of Marsala I would have imagined the color to be richer and deeper. I think this time they missed the mark. That being said you probably won’t find a lot of Marsala touting here. I am going to have to pass on this trend and hope that Pantone does a better job next year.

How about you, are you feeling the Marsala or just wishing you had a glass to ease the pain?

Here are a few less painful colors from previous years.

2000- 2014 color of the year


  1. Alice says:

    I love saturated colors and I can think of several uses for Marsala that I would enjoy or find acceptable. That said, this seems more of a marketing ploy. No organization (what IS pantone anyway?) is going to force a color (or style) on me. If it excites my brain, I love it. If not, I’ll pass. I don’t care if it was popular in 1890, 1930, 1950, 1970, or 2015.

    • I think every color has its place but in the end it will always come down to personal preference and how each color makes a person feel. I know the Pantone Color Institute puts a lot of research behind choosing the color of the year but in the end everyone will choose for themselves. Of course if companies choose packaging and design based on Pantone’s suggestion of course it will become a trend.

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