For those not in the know, Pantone is arguably the world’s colour experts. Their Pantone Matching System is used in printing, as a way to match colours and pick specific shades and tones in ink.
Annually, they announce their Pantone Color of the Year. Twice a year, Pantone hosts a host of representatives from countries across the globe, and after two days of debate and discussion, they pick the colour for the following year.
The Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 is Marsala: an earthy, almost autumnal shade of reddy-purple, described on the Pantone website as: “The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors”.
Each year, the colour tends to represent the ‘zeitgeist’ of the moment, aiming to represent something intrinsic to that particular period of time. Marsala has been described by Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director at the Pantone Color Institute®, as ‘a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth’. It’s sophisticated hue and nod to cosiness and the home make it a striking choice, and it’s the first reddish shade since 2007.
Expect to see the earthy shade everywhere this year – from Espresso cups to notebooks.
Why Pantone chose 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. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.
Why the experts love Marsala…
“A rich and organic tone, Marsala can be reflected perfectly in tiles whether it is an all over pigment of an accent in pattern. The natural aging of antique painted teak allows you to interpret the trend in a more subtle way.” Harriet Roberts, co-founder of Bert & May
“The rich and welcoming tone of Marsala is extremely versatile, adding a touch of elegance to an interior. A shade perfectly suited to entrance hallways, stairs and high traffic areas but equally could be used in lounges or dining rooms to make a bold interior statement.” Natalie Littlehales, Brintons
“Marsala is a beautiful, rich and warming red tone. It is a lovely paint colour for a library space and a nice accent colour with other earthy, rich tones that compliment a colour like Farrow & Balls Stifley Blue. At the moment, brass and copper metals are quite popular and also work very well with Marsala.” Bronwyn Loucks, Absolute Abode Emporium
“Painting a bath tub is a surprisingly simple way to inject colour accents into your bathroom and to keep up with interior colour trends. The full-bodied, earthy tones of the 2015 colour of the year, Marsala make for an elegant statement and within a bathroom would work well teamed with biscuit towels and crisp white walls and tiles. We’ve noticed a big trend for this in the last year: painting a bathtub is an expression of style and design and it’s interesting to see people moving away from plain white.” Ted Charalambides, www.splashdirect.com
Images courtesy of Pantone