Pantone's color of the year is a Marsala, a robust and earthy wine red. Source: Pantone

Pantone’s color of the year is a Marsala, a robust and earthy wine red. Source: Pantone

We’re pleased to see the Pantone Color of the Year is Marsala – a warm, rich hue, completely functional in multiple residential and commercial design applications.  The new color can be used more as a background than an accent (as opposed to 2014’s Radiant Orchid…).   We love trying to use the new colors in a creative way.

We are surrounded by colors in every moment of our lives. They influence us, affect our moods and personalities, and offer a vibrant spectrum that's unavailable in a world of only black and white.

We are surrounded by colors in every moment of our lives. They influence us, affect our moods and personalities, and offer a vibrant spectrum that’s unavailable in a world of only black and white.

Pantone’s Colors of the Year: Do You Have a Favorite?

Pantone’s colors of the year do affect the color trends in the design world and it’s interesting to see what those colors have been in the past. Pantone strives to connect their color choices with the mood or energy of the times.

Previous Pantone Colors of the Year have included Emerald, Honeysuckle, and Mimosa.

Previous Pantone Colors of the Year have included Emerald, Honeysuckle, and Mimosa.

  • 2013. Emerald. For this color, Pantone commented, “Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation,” which was a desirable energy to focus on as we finally recovered from the Great Recession and personal and economic portfolios began to find positive balances again.
  • 2011. Honeysuckle. “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color…” At this point in time, many were just coming up for air after losing jobs, houses, and retirement funds; spirit-lifting was definitely in order.
  • 2009. Mimosa. Keeping in mind that Pantone is always a year ahead of the game, the zeitgeist that inspired this color was all about optimism at a dark time.  The color was meant to be uplifting and inspiring at a time that was bleak for many. Perhaps that very dark and bleak atmosphere was why Pantone chose a color that “exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance.”
Need help incorporating a Pantone color pallete into your commercial or residential design? Contact Leslie Saul & Associates! We'll help make your design a reality.

Need help incorporating a Pantone color pallete into your commercial or residential design? Contact Leslie Saul & Associates! We’ll help make your design a reality.

As for this year’s Marsala, “its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.” We feel confident clients will embrace this universally appealing hue. Step one is identifying the accent color. Step two is finding complementary or contrasting colors with which to pair it. Check out our Pinterest Board to see some of our favorite pairings, including classic blues, cool grays and earthy greens.

Would you like assistance adding Pantone’s 2015 color palette to your residential or commercial design? Contact Leslie Saul & Associates Architecture and Interiors.