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Marsala – The 2015 Pantone Color of the Year

, - January 01, 2015 - by: miguel

Marsala - The 2015 Pantone Color of the Year

The rich red of the new color of the year by Pantone will inspire plenty of elegant and rustic weddings in 2015.

Marsala: A Brand New Color To Usher In The New Year

At the start of this new year, we are so excited to announce the signature color for 2015! For the past 15 years, the Pantone Color Institute has selected different “colors of the year” to showcase as part of their tips for fashion and design. In recent years, their selections have tended to more flamboyant styles with colors like radiant orchid and emerald. This year, Pantone has taken a different approach and selected a cozy color with a bit more subtlety. The 2015 color of the year is a rich, rusty red called “marsala”.

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Introducing Marsala

Marsala is a deep red-brown color, which is very warm and inviting. Though it is generally described as a rustic shade, it certainly has elegant applications. Because it is less flashy than past colors, it is much more approachable for use in interior design, clothing design, and, of course, wedding fashion! It is a color that Pantone’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman, describes as, “something that speaks to people’s real needs.” Marsala is a gorgeous, hearty shade that can make a splash in so many areas of your life.


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Marsala’s Compatibility

Marsala is a color just made for layering and texturing. It works especially well with other complementing hues, which help to alter and bring out its multifaceted personality. For instance, orange and yellow help to accentuate marsala’s natural warmth, while metallic colors like faded silver or bronze bring an elegant edge to its rustic undertones. Marsala even goes well with shades of light or deep blue, which pop beautifully against its deep, vibrant red . This is a color that just begs for companionship! However, if you prefer only one colorful hue in your wedding decor, consider mixing textures or patterns all in the same color. Marsala does a brilliant job of displaying texture, so don’t be afraid to try something different!


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Marsala Wedding Inspiration

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Weddings (and bouquets)!

When it comes to weddings, we could not be happier with Pantone’s color selection for 2015. Marsala’s homey tones work especially well with winter weddings, giving a warmer feel to the surrounding cold. The shade looks excellent on furnishings like tables, linens, drapes, centerpieces, etc. But why stop there? We already have some great ideas on how to use this rich color in your wedding bouquets. Picture lush bouquets full of dark, leafy greens and rich with garden-gathered peonies and dahlias in the darkest reds. Paired with bright pops of marsala garden roses and colorful drapes of hanging amaranthus, this is a look we could truly fall in love with! Have some secondary wedding colors you can’t wait to pair with marsala? From pinks, to blues, to yellows, or oranges, this versatile color mixes wonderfully with almost anything.

Bring your ideas to LUX Wedding Florist, we would love to hear your thoughts and create a custom design just for you.


Happy New Year, 2015!


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Photos by  Jose Villa Photography


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