Pantone 18-1438 Marsala, a robust and earthy wine red. Pantone, a global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, calls this Marsala “rich and charismatic, tasteful with complex sophistication.”
After a few years of bold and vibrant colors like 2014’s Radiant Orchid and 2013’s Emerald, industry trend setter Pantone seems to have taken a step back to a more rich and relaxing pastel earth-tone color with this years choice Marsala.
WSJ Fashion Columnist Christina Binkley says “at first glance its a little bit brown with some red, a very earthy tone that comes right out of the 70’s when I look at it.” Binkley goes on to state she first started looking back at the color after seeing spring collections and states it was salted throughout Louis Vuitton, Dries Van Noten, and Burberry men’s wear.
The color was most visibly apparent in the Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten’s Spring/Summer collection. The collection had an airy ethereal feel and featured earth-tones including golds, olives, deep emerald greens, submarine blue (another color choice for the season according to Pantone), and this years Color of the year Marsala, pictured here in this a-symmetrically Marsala striped sun dress.
“While Pantone’s 18-3224 Radiant Orchid 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, which tracks global developments in technology, entertainment, politics, travel and other categories to arrive at its selection each year. “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. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture,” Eiseman said. “Nurturing and fulfilling, Marsala is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room — making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home.”
Pantone officials say the color is already big in clothing, handbags and wearables. Eiseman states in a Pantone YouTube Video announcement, “it’s a very rooted color…and something I believe we’ll be seeing through the spring, summer and the fall of next year”. Officials say it goes well with warmer taupes and grays, and umber, golden yellow and turquoise.
West Hollywood interior designer Aaron Duke says, “Be prepared to see this color pop up in fashion and interiors. This color will be trendy like past colors of the year, and it’s popularity will have a limited time frame. I always limit these colors to inexpensive items such as pillows and accessories that can easily be changed when the color has overstayed its welcome.”
Bloomsburg offers many choices in fine carpets to help you match this years Marsala.
Deep wine reds are abundant in this full bodied carpet “Case Study – Fall” embellished with opulent hints of this years hue Marsala.
Wool Shear – Cimmeron by BCI is a tufted wool carpeting, again mirroring the dark reds with highlights of the Pantone 2015 Color choice Marsala perfect for commercial applications.