Welcome Marsala – Color of the Year

January 2015

Raise your glass to Marsala, the 2015 Color of the Year! Pantone, the recognized color expert for fashion and design, describes Marsala as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red” that serves as an “elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.” It’s been big on the fashion runways and is catching fire across beauty products, graphic design, and home furnishings. Once it’s on your radar you’ll start noticing it everywhere.

Tasteful and sophisticated, Marsala is a versatile color that you’ll find easy to add to many interiors. It’s an ideal accent color, adding warmth without overwhelming a space. Whereas last year’s color, Radiant Orchid, was meant to inspire creativity, Marsala has a grounding influence. Its earthy undertones suggest a connection with nature, roots, and stability.

One of its strengths is that it combines so well with neutrals, particularly grays and sandy colors. It’s even flexible enough to work into your current palette without going overboard on color. When paired with its opposites on the color wheel it will draw the most attention – try Marsala partnered with turquoise, teal, or vibrant blues.

Current color trends aren’t only about the shade itself; they’re about how the color is impacted when used with various materials, textures, and finishes. The different characteristics convey a range of messages. Marsala lends itself especially well to leather, both in home accents and apparel.

Check out Pantone’s spring fashion colors online for color combo inspirations. This Color of the Year encourages experimentation, so chances are, with the help of BILTRITE Furniture – Leather – Mattresses, we can make it work for you!


Randi K.

4th Generation Family Member