Pantone, the world’s leading authority on all things color, has recently unveiled 2015’s Color of the Year: the naturally robust and earthy Marsala (Pantone 18-143).
“While PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.
“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.”
If you know your wines, Pantone’s choice of naming the color after a fortified wine produced in the Italian city of Marsala carries quite a bit of meaning. It provides an immediate idea of how to incorporate Marsala into your interior design.
Marsala the wine is most commonly used as a culinary component instead of sipping it by itself. In much the same vein, Marsala the color works best as when used as an accent color that enhances the character of other hues. Upholstery, table linens, and tableware instantly come to mind.
Fortunately, Marsala is a relatively neutral hue compared to Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year, the bright and cheery Radiant Orchid. This means you can pair it with practically anything. You can achieve dramatic combinations with neutrals such as warm taupe and gray. It is also well-matched with amber and golden yellows, turquoise and teal, and vibrant blues.
As a dusky accent color, it goes particularly well with the starkly bright whites of our Ice White Shaker cabinets, or our more subdued Signature Pearl line. Pairing it with white and an abundance of natural light keeps the deep and dark Marsala upbeat and sophisticated.
This deliciously rich shade of wine red is also a perfect grounding color for our cabinet lines available in natural hues. Pair it with our tastefully veneered Country Oak cabinets, our traditionally-styled Sturbridge cabinet line, or our elegantly simple Shakertown cabinets to turn your kitchen into a textured, multilayered masterpiece without overpowering your main color choice.
Red hues have long been associated with the stimulation of senses and appetites. Paired with Marsala’s inherent earthy warmth, it’s the perfect color to adorn the very space where exciting and whetting the entire family’s senses and appetites starts.