Pantone Color of the Year 2015

Well folks, here it is in all its glory!

‘Marsala (used throughout this post) is the name of the new Pantone Color of the Year for 2015.  It is described by Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman, “Marsala enriches our body, mind and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”

Marsala’s Description

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.

Marsala for Graphic Design

A rich contrasting color, Marsala is ideal for use in graphic design and packaging. Eye-catching, but not overwhelming or bright, consumers are immediately drawn to the hue, making it an alluring shade at point-of-purchase. As packaging becomes increasingly more artistic, Marsala will be a natural fit for both high- and low-tech materials, including on-shelf periodicals as well as printed assets, like calendars and stationery. Read more:

I found the color values for Masala for both print design and web design, which were not easy to find:

Print (CMYK)
C = 25
M = 77
Y = 64
K = 11

Web (Hex #)

Electronic Displays (RGB)
R = 150
G = 79
B = 76

Adding Marsala to your Adobe Products

Whether in a flat or textured material, or with a matte or gloss finish, this highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. 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. To download the .ASE file format for Adobe apps, go here and scroll a little over halfway down the page.

Enjoy this beautiful new Pantone color and let me know how you have used it!