Life

Have a Look at Pantone’s Color of the Year

Pantone has named its color of the year for 2015, and the selection is getting mixed reviews.

If any company should know about color, it’s Pantone. The New Jersey-based company created the Pantone Matching System, which anyone who has ever done any print production knows very well because it is that system that makes sure colors in print applications correctly match real-life colors. The PMS system is also used in the manufacture of paints, fabrics and plastics, too.

The color is roughly the hue of the table cloth in the attached image. The color, officially named “Marsala,” is what I would describe, in the simplest terms possible, as a “dusty ruby red.”

Judge for yourself: if you have a better description in mind, I’d love to read it in the comments below.

If you’re like me, you probably are most familiar with the name Marsala as part of the name of an amazing Italian dish made with chicken.

Chicken Marsala gets its name, in part, because of the use of Marsala wine, which is produced from vineyards located in the region of the Italian town of the same name in western Sicily.

The executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, who probably spends more time thinking about color in a single week than most of the rest of us will in our entire life, calls it a “subtly seductive shade” that draws us in to its “embracing warmth.”

Pantone claims the hue is equally appealing to men and woman and is flattering against many skin tones.

You can read the rest of the gushing at Pantone’s site in the link above.

Designers aren’t universally impressed, according to the Los Angeles Times. The paper quotes a Los Angeles interior designer who refers to Marsala as a “repellant version of cranberry” and “like cranberries with mildew,” among other charming descriptions.

Another designer says simply, “No muddy tones, thank you.”

Pantone, according to the Los Angeles Times, remains confident in its choice, predicting that by the end of June, “even the naysayers will have seen enough Marsala” to start looking for creative ways to work with the color.

What do you think? How much Marsala do you have in your home?

1 Comment

Leave a Response

We'd love to hear from you, but remember all comments must be respectful. We reserve the right to remove comments that do not follow our comment guidelines. Click here to review our comment policy.

Your name, as provided, will display on the website with any comment you leave. Your email address and your browser’s IP address does not display publicly and we do not share or sell your email address or IP address to anyone.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.