Color Theory 101... Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year

When Pantone announced Marsala as the 2015 Color of the Year the overall reaction was... underwhelming. And you kind of can see why. Looking at the colors of past years, Marsala does seem to be the clear Debbie Downer of the group.


Bright, vivid tones and then...


Wah- Waaaahhh.

The earthy, muted, not-quite-red yet not-quite-brown hue wasn't exactly topping my list of favorites. But something changed as I started making this mood board- I really fell in love.


Suddenly it's gone from meh, not so bad, to starting to look downright beautiful, am I right? At first I wasn't really a fan because I thought Marsala wasn't a very "modern" choice, but taking into consideration fashion's recent 70s obsession, it does seem like a perfect fit.

And Marsala is a gorgeous shade for beauty: it'll make your eye color really pop (especially on blues/greens), it's a really rich and romantic lip color, and it's also a bit of a fresher take on the classic red manicure. It really echoes the makeup shades of the 90s but still manages to seem very au courant, don't you think?

For home decor, it adds depth, richness, and warmth. It also plays really well with others, as you can see in this color mixing report.

What's your vote on Marsala as the Color of the Year? Tell me what you think in the comments!