marsala-cropIf your mind goes immediately to wine, we understand. Ours did when we heard that Marsala is the color of the year for 2015, so named by the Pantone Color Institute®.

In fact, the wine Marsala inspired the choice of this warm reddish-brown color, according to Leatrice Eiseman, the Institute’s executive director.

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name,” she says, “this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”

Wow! As always, the color of the year pops up in everything from table linens to tote bags to toaster ovens. Notes Eiseman, “This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

Our art director and resident color expert, Kim Smith, embraces this year’s choice. She says, “Marsala is rich and sophisticated and is sure to play well with other colors! I am excited to give it a try, pairing it with colors such as a pale grey blue, a bright green or a warm taupe. Fun!”