The 2015 Color of the Year is "Marsala," a shade inspired by Marsala wine.

Pantone announces official 2015 Color of the Year

Pantone recently announced the official 2015 Color of the Year — a rich burgundy wine tone called "Marsala" (PANTONE 18-1438). Each year the color institute releases one hue that it predicts will be the most popular, cutting-edge shade among design and fashion experts. 

"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," Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said in a press release. "This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors."

The Pantone website says that Marsala appeals to both masculine and feminine sensibilities and is flattering against many different skin tones. The color analysts say that when it comes to packaging, designers and marketers should pay special attention to texture. While a matte finish creates an earthy, understated look, a bit of shine evokes a luxurious, glamorous sensibility. 

The 2014 Color of the Year was "Radiant Orchid" (PANTONE 18-3224), while 2013's official shade was "Emerald" (PANTONE 17-5641). Other past colors of the year have included "Tangerine Tango," "Honeysuckle" and "Blue Turquoise."  

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