So Pantone announced the 2015 Color of the Year…

And it’s “Marsala”, so-named after the sweet Sicilian fortified wine. It did appear in their Spring 2015 palette, but it was way down the numbering — and looked so much like a neutral that I totally glossed over it.

I was betting on Lucite Green, especially because Dulux’s forecast for 2015 Color of the Year was Copper Crush, and the color experts from the two companies have always seemed to pick contrasting hues.

Marsala looks like a very muted oxblood. And I really like oxblood…but Marsala kind of looks blah. I wonder if Pantone is losing it? 2014’s Radiant Orchid (aka, mauve, in my opinion) turned a lot of people off, unlike the past years’ Cerulean, Mimosa, and even Tangerine Tango.

But ok…with a name like Marsala, and all that it is supposed to evoke (Sicilian summers, sweet wine, mouthwatering chicken, alcoholic desserts), I could give it a go.

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Images from Pantone

What do you think of Marsala?

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