The Pantone Color Institute announced Marsala, a rich reddish brown, as the 2015 color of the year. Like the fortified wine that it is named after, it is both tasteful, as it expresses a satisfying richness, and grounding, as it radiates a warm earthiness with its red-brown hues. According to Pantone, it is precisely because of these qualities that Marsala is universally appealing and is attractive to both the masculine and feminine aesthetic preferences.


Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in its embracing warmth.
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director from the Pantone Color Institute


Complex and full-bodied without being completely overwhelming, Marsala acts as a unifying element for interior spaces. The reddish brown hue of Marsala is also perfect for a dramatic accent. It can add a peaceful look to modern interiors, while at the same time bringing in coziness and sophistication into room decorating.

Its plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces like rugs and cushions. It is easy to add a splash of Marsala’s natural, warm energy into any room: consider adding a pillow, rug, or bowl to bring in a more intimate feeling to even cool and neutral interiors.



Pairing Marsala with shades of green, amber, and olive oil bring out the robustness of these tones. Altogether, these go especially well with metallics such as copper and bronze in a way that is reminiscent of the Art Deco period. As the color of the year, it can blend in beautifully with others and is a fashion brand favourite for patterns. When mixed with white elements, shiny glass surfaces, and dominant black features, Marsala easily shifts from homely to worldly sophistication, becoming a strong yet calm foundation to the room. Marsala blends beautifully, so do not be afraid to mix and match this color of the year in your own home.


Incorporate this robust, earthy, and spicy color in your home with these top Marsala-colored furniture and home decor picks from MOs Design.
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