Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015: Marsala

 Feb 25, 2015    Color Themes

marsala color inspiration

Back in December, Pantone announced the color of the year for 2015 to be Marsala, “a naturally robust and earthy wine red."

This year's choice seems to have been met with a very mixed bag of reviews. Some people have whole-heartedly embraced the color while others have declared their absolute loathing of it.

Though Marsala has a very retro feel to it, many have objected to the muted, brown undertones saying the color feels old, muddy and bland while those who like the color have touted it as evoking strength and sophistication with its rich, wine-inspired tone.

Despite the negative reactions to Marsala, many experts feel that the color works beautifully as a base and can be complemented by light pinks, purples, grays, earthy greens and even blues like turquoise and teal.

If a metallic sheen is added to marsala, such as seen in a satin fabric, the color becomes very rich looking. Somewhat similar to copper, but leaning more red, as opposed to copper's lean towards orange.

marsala bridesmaid dress from JCrew

Marsala is fast becoming a popular color choice in fashion, graphic design and home decorating regardless of the initial objections.

It's a color that is flattering for the skin tones of just about anybody and it adds a lot of drama and warmth. It's definitely a unique choice for a special occasion color theme. Pair the lighter shade of it with blues in the spring and summer. For fall, it looks great with light purple and pink.

Our designers have taken up the challenge and created some beautiful marsala invitation designs.

Here are some examples of designs created by our designers:

Painted Watercolor Feathers Marsala Blue Wedding Invitation

Lace Wedding Dress Bridal Shower Invitation - Beautiful Marsala

Wedding Invitation Marsala and Gold Flowers and Butterflies

Bridal Shower Invitation Watercolor Floral Marsala Turquoise

Browse more of our invitations featuring Marsala in the color palette to see the different ways our designers have chosen to incorporate 2015's color of the year! We think it's a color that can look fantastic.


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