2015 Color of the Year: Marsala.

With all of this talk about the new year, I thought we'd take a look at the Color of the Year.  Every year Pantone- the definitive expert on color- chooses its color of the year- the color that will take color palettes everywhere by storm.  Last year's color, Radiant Orchid, was a little underwhelming for me.  I'm already not overly fond of purple (unless it's on a completely purple-clad Greta) and that particular shade is a little hard to work with.  2015's color, though, is Marsala, which I think is a lovely choice.

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With its rusty-red tone, this color is bold but subdued at the same time, while being an amazing base to blend with so many other colors.  Let's take a look at Marsala in action:

Handy CrafTS

This wedding boutonniere is lovely and natural combined with rustic browns and greens, and could be perfect for all seasons of wedding planning.


Modern elegance in a scarf, which will blend nicely with blacks, grays, and reds.

The Everygirl

Used as a pop of color in a neutral setting, it's still muted enough to not be garish.



Stand alone, Marsala would be a lovely hue for fingers and toes.
Jillian Rene Decor

Color-blocked elegance with white and natural tones, these pillows would work in so many rooms.

Real Simple

Mixed with pale aqua, Marsala takes center stage with the lighter hue to offset the boldness.


And of course, it would look great on mixed with a variety of accessories.

So what's your take on the Color of the Year?  Do you love it or hate it, or are you wondering why this is even a thing?  Either way, look out- you're going to be seeing a lot of this color popping up.

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  1. I love the new color of the year! I also wasn't a fan of the radiant orchid. That shirt is perfect! I need it! But then I saw it was $88. I'll put that on the back burner for when it goes on sale...

  2. Paige @ Little NostalgiaJanuary 6, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Ha, I'm writing about Marsala tomorrow! Brain twins!

    I'm MUCH more into this than that terrible Radiant Orchid they dumped on us last year. It's so easy to work with, both on your person and in your living space.

  3. I love it and am excited to see something different this year. That shirt! It's beautiful!

  4. I LOVE the nail polish. I'm drawn to that color as it is, so it's likely I'm already on trend before I even knew it. :)

  5. I so want that shirt! Maybe when it goes on sale. :)

  6. I think there is so much that can be done with this color! I'm going to try and get it into my shop, too. Can't wait to read what you post!

  7. Yea, that purple just wasn't that awesome. But the shirt....oh, the shirt.

  8. Me too. There is so much that can be done with it!

  9. Jillian JillianReneDecorJanuary 6, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    This is wonderful, Kristen! Thanks so much for including our pillows - they're in great company! I'm loving that nail polish.

  10. I know! I'm not big on painting my fingernails, but I want that!!

  11. LeAnn Larson FrobomJanuary 6, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Great post. Your features could almost convince me to like this color. I agree it is much better than Radiant Orchid!! More versatile. It should appeal to a broader audience.