By Andrea Bosco
Drumroll, please! PANTONE has announced its Color of the Year for 2015. The global color authority chose Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red. “While Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body, and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings, and interiors.” Designer Hervé Léger by Max Azria incorporated this hue into his collections on the Spring 2015 runway, showing that the shade makes for an elegant statement color on its own and works as a compelling accent color when paired up. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber, and golden yellows; greens in both turquoise and teal; and blues in the more vibrant range, according to PANTONE. And for beauty? The color is flattering against many skin tones, pairing well with peachy pinks and gold metallics. For the home, Marsala is a natural fit for interiors, adding elegance, richness, and plush characteristics to any room. Drink it in!